Several of Washington’s black-oriented radio stations devoted extensive parts of their morning shows to criticism of Tracht, 48, by both deejays and listeners. And Tracht was fired from his position as a volunteer deputy sheriff in Falls Church after the sheriff there said he had received numerous phone calls.

Shortly after 7 a.m. during the Wednesday show on Classic Rock 94.7 (WARW-FM), Tracht played a portion of a song by Grammy-winning black hip-hop artist Lauryn Hill and commented: “No wonder people drag them behind trucks,” referring to the Jasper, Tex., murder of James Byrd Jr.

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