PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A talk radio host who’s made derogatory remarks in the past that have landed him in hot water apologized on Friday for calling protesters at a political event hags and whores, following a campaign that targeted an advertiser.
WPRO-AM host John DePetro called in to his show and told a fill-in host he regretted not choosing his words more carefully in September.
‘‘The language I used was not in keeping with the family friendly atmosphere that I try to maintain for the thousands of people who listen to me,’’ DePetro said, adding, ‘‘Going forward I intend to approach debates on the current topics that we talk about in a more sensitive style.’’
During a show in September, DePetro called protesters outside a fundraiser for a potential gubernatorial candidate parasites, cockroaches and ‘‘union hags,’’ then spelled out the word whores.
A group backed by labor unions last month launched a campaign to get jewelry maker Alex and Ani to drop its sponsorship of the station.
DePetro has not been on air all week, but it’s unclear whether he has been disciplined. The program director declined comment.
DePetro was fired from a Boston station in 2006 after he called a gubernatorial candidate a ‘‘fat lesbian.’’