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FOX Affiliate Cancels Entire Show after One Interview with LGBT Advocate
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 interview touched on marriage equality, the recent Chick-Fil-A actions and a variety of topics related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Full audio is below.
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 episode with Kolb aired August 12th. Savoy learned of the cancellation while he was away for a business trip in Las Vegas. The show’s producer, Eddie Floyd, informed Savoy of the decision 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.
“To think I could be removed for having a conversation about the LGBT community in America baffles me. 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,” Savoy said of the incident. “I am shocked I could be censored in this manner, especially when there has been no prior complaint of the show’s content.”
“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."
Contact KKFT at 775-884-8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Or send a message via Twitter:
@991FMTALKNEVADA Shame on you for silencing @SeanSavoy Let LGBT issues be heard. #DontSilenceSavoy
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