910 AM fires Warren mayor over alleged recording of him disparaging people with special needs

An offensive audio recording alleged to be Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has cost him one of his jobs.

Fouts has been fired from 910 WADL AM where he hosted a talk show, according to a station spokesperson Mort Meisner in a release.  

The press release said that "Mayor Jim Fouts of Warren terminated effective immediately by 910 AM superstation."

Station owner Kevin Adell decided that "Mayor Fouts' comments were so despicable, repulsive and deplorable that after thinking about it the only right thing to do was to fire him," the release said. "Sitting around the dinner table with his daughter and wife tonight he thought even more so, how absolutely horrific the mayor's comments were and decided to take this action immediately."

A recording of Fouts disparaging mentally challenged people surfaced last Thursday, released by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, who said a city worker gave it to him.

In the recording a man who sounds like Fouts said that mentally challenged individuals are "not real people" and said they should be held in cages. Another comment included wondering how they use the bathroom and said he was for "Dr. (Jack) Kevorkian" in talking about euthanizing them.

One day earlier, Meisner told the Macomb Daily Sunday that Adell was not planning to remove Fouts.

“Kevin definitely plans to keep Fouts on,” Meisner said. “If he got rid of people who were in a jam or said some things, he’d have to get rid of everyone the station.

Fouts has denied making the comments and suggested they were electronically manipulated to sound like him. The Warren mayor has been in a war of words with Hackel. Fouts accused Hackel of allowing illegal dumping at Freedom Hill, saying that 200,000 yards of dirt was moved on the former landfill site causing the ground to collapse and 40 methane gas monitor sites were covered up and/or damaged.

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