FARMINGDALE, N.Y.–A New York radio station has suspended two hosts who aired an on-air hoax about a homophobic parent.
Newsday reported Steve Harper and Leeana Karlson of “The K98.3 Morning Show” on WKJY on Feb. 12 discussed an invitation to a Long Island girl’s 7th birthday party. The newspaper said the two hosts said a mother returned it to the child’s parents – a gay couple – with a note that read “Tommy will NOT attend. I do not believe in what you do and will not subject my innocent son to your ‘lifestyle.’”
Harper and Karlson reportedly posted the invitation on WKJY’s Facebook page with a caption that asked listeners to comment on it. The two hosts also included the fictitious mother’s phone number that went to a voicemail – a WKJY spokesperson told Newsday it received more than 2,000 messages.
“I sincerely apologize for the actions of Steve and Leeana, their insensitivity to the hurt it may have caus ed anyone, and for the breach of trust these actions have caused,” said Dave Widmer of Connoisseur Media Long Island on WKJY’s website.