WERQ fires Tony Boston

April 17, 1999|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

One of the most unmistakable voices on Baltimore radio suddenly found himself off the air yesterday. Tony Boston, a fixture on the Baltimore club scene, was told by management at WERQ-FM (92.3) that he would no longer be part of the station's morning team. The action came after Boston had finished yesterday's broadcast.

"I kind of knew this was coming down, but I didn't know when," Boston said yesterday afternoon. "I really don't have any hard feelings, I'm not going to harbor any, and I don't want to be negative toward Radio One or the management. I just think that, with how long I've been there, I could have said goodbye to the people who have supported me for four and a half years. But that's the way life is."

Boston started at WERQ as an entertainment reporter in 1994, when he was still using the persona of Miss Tony, a drag queen known for her wild hairdos and outrageous manner. He abandoned Miss Tony last year.

His best years at the station came as the sidekick to Frank Ski, who left for Atlanta last year. Boston continued as the station's morning voice until February, when Brian Carter was brought in. Carter and Shawna Renee will be on the air alone come Monday morning.

"In life, you have to learn to accept the punches and keep on rolling," said Boston, who will continue emceeing weekends at the clubs Paradox and Twilight Zone. "What I learned by going to church is, when one door shuts, God opens another one."

Pub Date: 4/17/99

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