ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – Entercom has fired two radio hosts in Rochester over their on-air comments about the city’s decision to cover gender reassignment surgery for city employees.
Entercom Rochester says the “hateful comments” made by Kimberly Ray and Barry Beck from WBZA do not represent the station.
Ray referred to someone seeking gender reassignment surgery as “a nut job.” Beck equated the issue to having the city pay for breast enhancement or liposuction for a mentally ill woman.
By Thursday, the pair’s discussion on their “Breakfast Buzz” show the day before had generated 4,000 signatures on a removal petition.
Ray and Beck had been with the Rochester station since 2001. Neither could be reached for comment Thursday.
Beginning Jan. 1, Rochester will cover surgeries and counseling related to gender reassignment.
Entercom operates radio stations in cities across the country, including seven in the Buffalo market.