Disk jockeys offer apologies for bugling anthem in mosque

March 31, 1996|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

DENVER -- Two local radio station disk jockeys who played "The Star-Spangled Banner" on a trumpet and a bugle in a local mosque have agreed to make daily apologies for a week on their radio show.

The station, KBPI, has said it will buy ads in the newspaper and on television to apologize for its employees' conduct.

The agreements were part of what Muslim leaders and KBPI officials called an "amicable settlement" reached Friday that will allow the disk jockeys to keep their jobs, along with a KBPI producer and an engineer who were part of what the four called a prank.

They had been suspended without pay for 10 days.

The two disk jockeys and a listener entered the Islamic Center in Aurora, a suburb east of Denver, March 19 and began playing the national anthem.

The action was apparently motivated by the refusal of a Muslim member of the Denver Nuggets basketball team, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, to stand for the national anthem at games. Mr. Abdul-Rauf prays at the Islamic Center.

Pub Date: 3/31/96

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