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Globe Editorial

Severin on WXKS: Not the best or brightest

(Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)
August 18, 2011

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Radio host Jay Severin’s return to the Boston airwaves today on Clear Channel’s WXKS may delight the Hub’s “best and brightest’’ - the right-wing shock jock’s name for his devoted fans - but it should leave others scratching their heads. Four months ago Severin was fired from WTKK, a WXKS competitor, for boasting that he had sexually exploited female interns and employees at his political consulting firm. That comment followed a previous suspension for calling Mexicans “the world’s lowest of primitives’’ who are “ruining the schools, the hospitals, and a lot of life in America.’’

Talk radio is one of the last places where crude and offensive workplace behavior is ignored, defended, and, in some cases, even rewarded. But it’s still hard to grasp why WXKS would welcome Severin back on air with the marching orders “to come here and be yourself’’ - which sounds like code for “as odious as you’d like.’’