TRENTON – Dennis and Judi returned to the airwaves Monday after a 10-day suspension.
The NJ101.5 duo drew the ire of government officials and some listeners for referring to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, a Sikh, as “Turban Man,” after not remembering his name on air July 25.
The radio station participated in awareness training about Sikhism, coordinated by United Sikhs and the Sikh Coalition, and included a community meeting at a Sikh temple in Glen Rock last week.
While Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco were expected to attend, an Aug. 3 article on NorthJersey.com included a statement from the attorney general’s spokeswoman, Sharon Lauchaire, saying Grewal would not be attending. He had “moved on from the incident.”
“As a result, he does not believe that his presence at any particular event with the radio hosts is necessary, but he appreciates their interest in learning more about the Sikh religion and hopes that this can serve as a teachable moment for the hosts and others,” Lauchaire wrote in an email to NorthJersey.com. “As the Attorney General has said, ‘words matter, and comments can lead to conduct,’ and he hopes that last week’s incident will encourage all New Jerseyans to recommit to civility and respect in our public discourse.”
The radio show hosts, on air from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, said they learned a lot from the incident and were humbled by the support of their listeners.