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Urban One Facing Heat from Anti-Semitic On-Air Comments

Tomorrow’s referendum on a casino project for South Richmond, Virginia has been a hot-button issue in the market. After two recent on-air incidents on Urban One-owned radio stations, the company has had to apologize. It has also fired fill-in host Preston Brown. The company is partnering with Churchillim Downs for a $562 million casino project that faces opposition from a group called No Means No Casino, led by Paul Goldman. While hosting a shot on The Box 99.9, Brown referred to Goldman as “a Jew who’s got the same trait as Judas,” and a “white Jew with the background of Judas.” WRIC-TV reports that Urban One regional VP Marsha Landess called Brown’s comments “horrible and offensive” and that Urban One CEO Alfred Liggins apologized directly to Goldman. Read the WRIC-TV story here.