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Rochester Radio Hosts Kimberly and Beck FIRED for Transphobic Show Segment

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Yesterday morning we posted a hideous radio segment on Rochester New York's 98.9 'Breakfast Buzz' show with Kimberly and Beck in which the hosts unleashed a tirade of disturbing and offensive remarks about transgender people in a 'discussion' of the city's new trans health benefits. Read our report HERE.

The story prompted reaction from the Empire State Pride Agenda which denounced the segment.

Last night, 98.9 announced they were suspending the hosts indefinitely, and today it announced they have been FIRED.

WHAM13 published a statement from 98.9:

"This morning Entercom fired Kimberly and Beck effective immediately. Their hateful comments against the transgender community do not represent our station or our company. We deeply apologize to the transgender community, the community of Rochester, and anyone else who was offended by their hateful comments. We are proud of our past work on behalf of the local LGBT community and we remain committed to that partnership."

Sue Munn Vice-President/General Manager Entercom Rochester

Kimberly noted yesterday in a tweet (Twitter account since deleted) responding to the controversy, "freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend others."

Of course, it may have consequences with your employer.

I've reposted the show segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

Background on the story, in case you missed it:
Rochester Radio Hosts Mock Transgender People in Disturbing Segment: LISTEN [tlrd]
Transphobic Rochester Radio Host: 'Freedom of Speech Includes the Freedom to Offend' [tlrd]
Rochester Radio Hosts Kimberly and Beck Suspended Indefinitely [tlrd]

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  1. Good riddance.

    Posted by: Will | May 22, 2014 10:17:35 AM


  2. Before the folks who are determined to ignore nuance can have their pro typically insane hissy-fit - this is appropriate. The comments did not represent "a different of opinion" - they are explicitly, inherently hateful and harmful. No different than hate toward any other group of historically-targeted minorities - be they outcast due to their skin colour, ethnicity, cultural background, or religious belief.

    She started off by explaining that she didn't really know/understand who and what Trans people are - she should have stopped there. It's 2014, folks - there are no more excuses to simply Not Know these things. Education is available at the click of a button. Get on youtube - view the countless testimonials from tradespeople and their families - get educated.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 22, 2014 10:19:02 AM


  3. Yes you have the freedom to offend others...and pay the consequences for your behavior.

    First amendment is about GOVERNMENT, not your employer.

    Posted by: Qj201 | May 22, 2014 10:20:25 AM


  4. Agreed. Expressing confusion or ignorance is one thing, but mocking and berating something you already admitted you don't understand is inexcusable. Even if you think it is a mental illness, as they seemed to, mocking someone for a mental illness is okay? It's not excusable even if you share their views.

    Posted by: Tony | May 22, 2014 10:21:23 AM


  5. Well, there was the carefully penned apology, but I honestly believed the station would try to keep them -- under the logic of "no publicity is bad publicity."

    Can't say I'm disappointed. Allowing hate speech beneath the guise of constitutional rights only gives bigots a protected platform. The more they talk, the more they're able to influence people who are already confused and misinformed about the LGBT community. And that's not good for any of us.

    Posted by: sparks | May 22, 2014 10:23:24 AM


  6. Sayonara, suckers. #dontletthedoorknobhityawheretheskyfairydonesplitya

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | May 22, 2014 10:23:26 AM


  7. I posted yesterday that Rochester is a very progressive city and would not tolerate this hateful speech. Looks like I was right.

    Posted by: acorlando | May 22, 2014 10:24:36 AM


  8. Hallelujah! PTL!

    Time to go to Fox News. Oh wait, they're not pretty enough.

    Posted by: zeddy | May 22, 2014 10:30:03 AM


  9. Prime candidates for the Westboro Baptist Church.

    Posted by: Jack M | May 22, 2014 10:31:28 AM


  10. THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS ARE BEING VIOLATED...


    oh wait the first amendment has nothing to do with saying what ever the hell you want......

    Carry on.

    Posted by: Glen | May 22, 2014 10:32:08 AM


  11. Their pointless rant now has them seeking employment elsewhere. Pity. They do have faces made for radio, maybe McDonalds is hiring?

    Posted by: jonnathewoodswoman | May 22, 2014 10:38:42 AM


  12. Yes, they are free to say whatever they want, but if your employer tell you that you crossed a line and your terminated, then the fault is your own ignorance and inabilities, not the general population that you are serving.

    We have a Code of Conduct at our company that is explicit about these things, and derogatory comments in any vein are considered a fireable offense.

    I am just waiting for the anti-gay christians to pipe up that the ignorance is all our fault.

    Posted by: Rad | May 22, 2014 10:42:57 AM


  13. And that's exactly how it should be. Kudos to the radio station's management for acting on this promptly and decisively.

    Posted by: edude | May 22, 2014 10:46:29 AM


  14. Delicious!

    Posted by: TWINS | May 22, 2014 10:46:30 AM


  15. When it comes to representing a radio station, you are ultimately representing the advertisers as well.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | May 22, 2014 10:51:01 AM


  16. Morning DJs must have clauses in their contracts that state they must be incredibly ignorant and have voices and laughs that make dogs bark, sea turtles hurl, reduce human behavior to road rage and make toddlers soil their Huggies.

    Posted by: parkrunner | May 22, 2014 10:52:39 AM


  17. Termination is not enough.

    These kind of remarks could simply be a way of terminating a contract with a station.

    The station should sue them for monetary damages for lost listenership and ad revenue.

    Posted by: Sue M. Quick | May 22, 2014 11:33:28 AM


  18. "Lost listenership and ad revenue?" The lost listenership will come from those who have listened to Kimberly and Beck for years, and no longer will now that they are gone.

    Posted by: Walter | May 22, 2014 11:38:33 AM


  19. "The lost listenership will come from those who have listened to Kimberly and Beck for years, and no longer will now that they are gone."

    That would be Exhibit A.

    Exhibit B would be listeners who were so put off by the pair's remarks that they will not in good conscience continue to listen to the station.

    Posted by: Legal Scholar With a Dollar | May 22, 2014 11:44:38 AM


  20. And Exhibit C would be advertisers who agreed that they would have pulled their revenues from the show for the comments. Listening to a radio show is not money. Advertisers are money.

    Posted by: Tony | May 22, 2014 11:47:50 AM


  21. Wherever you stand on this issue its the right decision.Since the station has had to suspend them so many times I think that everyone should agree they should be fired, if only from the perspective that if you had to discipline your workers that many times its probably not worth employing them anymore.
    The only question is why it took them so long?

    Posted by: IEatCereal | May 22, 2014 12:00:11 PM


  22. HA HA! That's all the eloquence these two could possibly illicit.

    Posted by: John | May 22, 2014 12:15:29 PM


  23. Further pussification of today's populous, your feelings get hurt? Turn the channel... boo!

    Posted by: sweety d | May 22, 2014 12:15:59 PM


  24. Tank for one is glad to see that these two hate spouting, middle-aged creeps are toast. I think Kimberly is a closet case... just look at his face. He is a self-hating gay man with a lot of emotional problems. And Beck looks like she once worked as a truck driver in the Yukon. The comments that these two made were viscous and cruel and truly reflected a deep ignorance. Yep... self-hatred is truly an awful thing.

    Posted by: TANK | May 22, 2014 12:17:16 PM


  25. Now feel "free" to offend people while standing in the unemployment line.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | May 22, 2014 12:17:18 PM


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