TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Rochester Radio Duo Bounced for Reprehensible Transgender Comments

The action in this case was even swifter than the NBA’s response to Donald Sterling.

WBZAChangeOrgIn the space of just 24 hours, a petition to have a pair of Rochester radio hosts removed has quickly zoomed past its signature goal and the station in question, WBZA, has followed the suspension of its morning hosts with firing. From a report by the Syracuse Post-Standard ‘s Geoff Herbert:

Kimberly and Beck, hosts of The Breakfast Buzz on 98.9 The Buzz, came under fire Wednesday after a 12-minute segment about the city of Rochester’s [January 1, 2015] plan to extend health coverage to employees for gender reassignment surgery.

“The services that will be paid for under the new coverage: gender reassignment surgery, psychological counseling, because you’re probably a nut job to begin with,” Kimberly said.

The DJs played a clip of Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady,” compared gender non-conforming issues to a woman who wants a “boob job” for her mental health, and mocked a female listener who called in to complain they were being disrespectful. “Thank you, sir,” they replied with a laugh.

Per the change.org petition by Rochester resident John Lukach, co-host Kimberly followed this hateful Wednesday bit with a freedom-of-speech defense on Twitter.

Mediabistro Course

Freelancing 101

Freelancing 101Learn how to manage a top-notch freelancing career! Starting December 1, you'll hear from our expert speakers on the best practices for launching a freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. Register now!