Radio comment offends city's school officials
McKeesport Area School District officials are not pleased with comments made by a city native on a radio broadcast on Tuesday afternoon.
Stan Savran, a sports talk show host on WBGG-970, Pittsburgh's ESPN radio affiliate, was talking with Gerry Dulac about speed demonstrated by Dormont native and Steelers backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski.
During that conversation, Dulac remarked about how people in his hometown of McKeesport also run fast.
“I've seen plenty of people in McKeesport run fast, but it's usually when the red lights are chasing them,” Dulac said.
Savran laughed off the statement and went on to ask about Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds.
District officials took offense to the comment, and interpreted that statement to be about their students.
Superintendent Timothy Gabauer brought up the broadcast during his report at Wednesday night's school board meeting.
Gabauer said he found it “necessary to publicly denounce a stereotypical and disturbing reference” made on the local sports show.
“We remain strong, proud and resilient McKeesport area communities that need not have our perception damaged by such insensitive and unforgiving commentary,” Gabauer said.
Board president Patricia Maksin said she was shocked to hear Dulac's comment, noting his mother was a teacher in the district.
Katie Ferri, spokesperson for Clear Channel Media & Entertainment Pittsburgh, said Dulac's statement was intended to be comical.
“Gerry Dulac is actually from McKeesport,” Ferri said. “It was an off-the-cuff comment by Gerry who was joking about his own hometown with no mention of kids. He meant it to be funny and did not mean to offend anyone from his community.”
Dulac could not be reached for comment.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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