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Longtime Wahpeton-Breckenridge radio personality Gary Rogers fired after making joke

WAHPETON, N.D. - Gary Rogers, a 40-year veteran of KBMW-AM radio here, says he was fired this morning by the station. Rogers, whom the station's Web site describes as "the voice of the valley" - the same moniker it gives itself - told KFGO-AM rad...

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WAHPETON, N.D. - Gary Rogers, a 40-year veteran of KBMW-AM radio here, says he was fired this morning by the station.

Rogers, whom the station's Web site describes as "the voice of the valley" - the same moniker it gives itself - told KFGO-AM radio of Fargo his station's owners told him he was "no longer needed" after making a sexually suggestive comment to a co-worker.

Rogers, 62, said a female co-worker recently banged her leg just above the knee on a workplace desk and was rubbing it in front of fellow employees, including him.

Rogers says he remarked to the woman, "Are you OK?" then added, "Do you want me to rub it?"

He says he made the comment jokingly and that he and the woman, and their fellow co-workers, all talk like that from time to time. Rogers said the woman to whom he remarked told him she did not make a complaint and he doesn't know who did.

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Rogers, who does news and sports reports, says he has done 4,500 play-by-play games in his radio career and plans to look for a new job.

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