Fox Affiliate Axes Radio Host Over Pro-LGBT Segment

Reno, Nevada FOX News Radio affiliate KKFT 99.1 FM decided to cancel the program “House of Savoy” (hosted by ordained minister Sean Savoy) after the show aired a single interview with a Dallas based LGBT advocate. Contact KKFT at 775-884-8000 or jerry@991fmtalk.com and ask why “House of Savoy” was pulled from the station. Tell KKFT that you want to hear fair and accurate discussions of LGBT equality on their station.

Reno, Nevada FOX News Radio affiliate KKFT 99.1 FM decided to cancel the program “House of Savoy” (hosted by ordained minister Sean Savoy) after the show aired a single interview with a Dallas based LGBT advocate.

The host, Sean Savoy, has found a new home for "House of Savoy" at KJFK 1230 AM "Reno's Progressive Talk." Other programs and advertisers are now distancing themselves from the FOX News Station and LGBT and free speech advocates are rallying around Savoy and “House of Savoy”.

Sean Savoy is a spiritual educator and ordained minister, explorer, radio host, writer, editor, and public speaker who lectures in the United States and abroad. Until his show was cancelled, Savoy was not open about being gay himself, but the incident has prompted him to come out. The Sunday evening thirty minute show, produced by Nevada Matters Media, Inc., had been on the air since September, 2011.

The Reno Gazette-Journal interviewed Jerry Evans, the owner and manager of KKFT, who accused Savoy’s public affairs program, of being “weird” and “odd.” In one instance Evans said that the show had an “earthy, hippie, spacey-type feeling.”

 
Evans also said of his station, "We are conservative, and we make no bones about it." Evans’ explanation that KKFT is conservative talk radio does not adequately explain why “House of Savoy” was cancelled. Many notable conservative leaders have come out in support of LGBT equality, including Dick Cheney, Ken Mehlman, and several conservative groups who are advocating for marriage equality.
 
"Just because a person is conservative it should not infer an anti-gay attitude or pro-discrimatory actions," said Savoy of Evan's claims. "It is a travesty when matters of human relations are turned into political fodder."

“Pulling an entire show to avoid hearing anything positive about LGBT people hurts all people in Reno,” said GLAAD President, Herndon Graddick. “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." 

TAKE ACTION:

Thank KJFK for giving a voice to "House of Savoy" and other LGBT people. Tell them that you are glad that they value the voices of LGBT people in Reno. You can also contact KKFT and tell them that you want to hear fair and accurate discussions of LGBT equality on their station.

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