Long Island broadcaster apologizes for jokes

Jokes were made about Mastic residents
March 3, 2008 9:11:37 AM PST
A Long Island radio personality who went on a riff of trailer park jokes about Mastic has apologized.WBLI-FM's morning co-host Randy Spears said Monday he spent the weekend driving around and saw that "there are no trailer parks in Mastic-Shirley."

Spears was suspended from the station on Thursday after he refused to apologize for making trailer trash jokes about the community, when a woman from Mastic called in for a station contest the day before.

In his apology, Spears said he learned the community had million dollar homes along the Great South Bay, had beautiful parks and was home to William Floyd, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Spears said "I never meant to hurt anyone." He said "I was just having fun with a caller."

Paul Breschard, of the Mastic Community Coalition, says Spears' apology seemed genuine, and added "We don't want to see him fired."