New Orleans Radio Station Tweets Homophobic Slur, 'Investigation in Progress'

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday September 12, 2019

New Orleans radio station WWL-AM, the home station of the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers, tweeted a homophobic slur directed at one of their own sports reporters Tuesday. The tweet targeted Seth Dunlap, the out host of weeknight sports show "The Last Lap With Seth Dunlap."

The tweet was promptly deleted, and the station is investigating who posted it, according to WWL-TV, a separately-owned partner organization. The WWL-AM Twitter later posted a statement reading:

"We are aware of a tweet that went out today from the WWL account. The content of the tweet is categorically offensive and abhorrent to the station. We are actively investigating this incident and will take swift and appropriate action once we determine how this occurred."

WWL-TV also reports that WWL-AM station officials "declined to comment further on the incident, saying they were not allowed to speak while Entercom Communications, which owns the station, investigates."

Similarly, Gambit reports that their "emails to WWL-AM's operations and program director, Diane Newman, as well as to WWL's parent company, Entercom, have not been returned."

Additionally, this comes on the heels of a ransomware attack which affected parent company Entercom, according to industry web source Radio Insight. Gambit reports no existing evidence to indicate that the tweet was connected to the ransomware attack.

"Over the weekend Entercom's internal networks were hit with a ransomeware attack making it the third national radio group to be hit this year following Townsquare Media and Radio One along with many other smaller operators including WMNF Tampa, Max Media Marion/Carbondale IL and others," Radio Insight reported.

Many Twitter users who follow the WWL-AM screenshotted and reposted the tweet, expressing their disgust with the company's conduct and solidarity with Dunlap.

Dunlap, for his part, responded on Twitter, announcing that he would be taking a night off from "Last Lap."

"Being yourself has never been more important," the tweet reads. "The hate that has infected our society threatens to tear us apart from the inside out. I'm overwhelmed, but I'm also very proud of who I am and the life I live. I'll be taking tonight off from the show to reflect and decompress."

Additionally, Dunlap tweeted: "I'm just going to really enjoy knowing somebody is exceptionally upset I get to talk sports every night for a living"