Dan Gross: Power 99 gives Jonesy the ax

Tarsha Jones is now the former "most controversial diva in radio" after being fired from Power 99.
Tarsha Jones is now the former "most controversial diva in radio" after being fired from Power 99. (DAVID MAIALETTI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: November 29, 2011

POWER 99 morning host Tarsha Jones, better known as Jonesy, has been fired.

Loraine Ballard Morrill, a Clear Channel Radio spokeswoman, confirmed only that Jonesy is "no longer an employee of Clear Channel Philadelphia," and would not give details on her departure.

Her termination, first reported on Radio-Info.com, comes less than a week after a lawsuit filed in Common Pleas Court by Tracey Parson, who says she and her Kiddie Kare day-care business were repeatedly defamed by the radio host last month. The Daily News reported last week on the lawsuit that states that Jonesy accused Parson of beating up teens in a Philadelphia fight. Parson, the lawsuit contends, was in Bensalem at the time of the fight.

Jones, who calls herself the "most controversial diva in radio," formerly worked for 100.3 The Beat where she was suspended over comments about Whitney Houston's family. At Hot 97 in New York, she was suspended for playing "The Tsunami Song," which made fun of the tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka. In February, Jonesy took a call from a listener who claimed to be pregnant with NFL star Chad Ochocinco and later the station posted a photo of a different woman, not the caller, claiming she was pregnant. That situation also led to a lawsuit.

Jonesy hosted at the Beat from November 2002 to May 2004, when she was fired. She syndicated her Hot 97 show on the Beat from November 2007 to July 2008, then started working at Power 99 in late 2009.

Jonesy did not return a request for comment yesterday. George Bochetto, Tracey Parson's attorney, declined to comment.

Tuff Crew to Pakistan

Old-school Philly rap group Tuff Crew is working out logistics for a tour of Pakistan in conjunction with a U.S. State Department effort that, since 2005, has been dispatching hip-hop envoys to perform around the world. Rappers, dancers and DJs have performed throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The program plans to expand to Mongolia and Indonesia. DJ Too Tuff says the hip-hop crew, best remembered for its hit "My Part of Town," was flattered by the invitation from Bobby Da Rapper who also administers DJTooTuff.com and looks forward to "helping U.S. relations with Pakistan through hip-hop."

OUT AND ABOUT * Rocker Gregg Allman and a crew member named Red arrived on motorcycles for lunch Saturday at Taggart House (Frankford & Knights). Allman, who doesn't drink, sipped bottled water and was friendly to fans who came over to say hello. The Allman Brothers played the Tower Theatre Friday and Saturday nights. * NFL veteran turned broadcaster Dan Dierdorf stopped at Ralph's (760 S. 9th) for dinner Friday while in town working Sunday's Eagles-Patriots game.

Wing support

Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk has just recorded public-service announcements supporting New Jersey's Graduated Driver License Law that requires teens get safe-driving experience before full driving privileges. The spots are airing on the five South Jersey stations owned by Longport Media, which partnered with the Northfield and Linwood police departments to work on the safe-driving initiative.

He's with 'Genius'

Richard Aregood, the Daily News' public editor, shares the stage at Rutgers-Camden tomorrow with the university's recently minted "genius," MacArthur Fellowship winner Jake Soll, a history professor.

Soll and Aregood, a Rutgers-Camden grad who won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1985 at the Daily News, will take part in a program called "You Just Won a MacArthur: A Conversation About Striving for Excellence," set for 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Campus Center with a reception to follow. The program is free and open to the public.

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