During the 11 months that he had hosted his Sunday night radio show on the FOX News Radio affiliate KKFT 99.1 FM in Reno, Nevada, Sean Savoy had not mentioned that he is gay.
But he got fired anyway after having a LGBT advocate Will Kolb on as a guest to talk about marriage equality, the Chick-fil-A controversy and other LGBT topics on his August 12 show.
‘To think I could be removed for having a conversation about the LGBT community in America baffles me,’ says Savoy. ‘I have conducted a variety of interviews with a wide range of people over the past year, and yet this was the topic that got my show cancelled.’
‘I am shocked I could be censored in this manner, especially when there has been no prior complaint of the show’s content,’ he added.
According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the decision was made by the FOX News affiliate’s owner, Jerry Evans. Savoy says Evans demanded his show be removed from the 99.1 FM Talk roster specifically because of the Kolb interview.
‘Pulling an entire show to avoid hearing anything positive about LGBT people hurts all people in Reno,’ GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement. ‘By practicing such blatant discrimination, KKFT is sending a dangerous message that they believe LGBT people shouldn’t be given voice or afforded basic respect.’
Until his show was cancelled, Savoy had not been open about being gay himself. But he tells LGBTQNation that the incident has prompted him to be more open.