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Sam Mayes, a long-time sports radio presenter in Oklahoma City, has been fired from Tyler Media’s 107.7 The Franchise radio station after an off-air discussion from 2016 that included racial remarks was just disclosed.

The discussion about Native Americans and the campaign to have the Washington Football Team change from their pejorative title took place during a commercial break. It was recorded in 2016, and it featured Mayes and Tyler Media promotions director Cara Rice, who also broadcasts mornings on a sister station in the same market.

“What is the Indians’ justification for not striving to have this thing fixed for good?” says the narrator. In the recording, Mayes inquires.

“They’ve been too intoxicated to put together a plan,” Rice said.

Mayes answered with the hashtag “hashtag Lysol,” to which Rice responded with the hashtag “hashtag gold spray paint out of the garbage,” as both presenters made allusions to huffing.

“Hashtag, we’re all going to lose our jobs one day,” Mayes added, leading Rice to add, “one of these mics will be left on one of these days,” Mayes concluded.

Well, he was right!

Tyler Media fired Mayes and Rice shortly after the 2016 tape was revealed, and both were fired by the company. Mayes replied to his termination with an audio statement over the weekend, stating that the 2016 discussion was “from my understanding collected unlawfully, it was not a hot mic incident.” Mayes was fired on Monday.

Mayes said in the audio statement that his query concerning the old name of the Washington Football Team was not made in a disparaging way.

“I was truly inquisitive as to what had ignited the desire for change,” Mayes stated of his first curiosity. ‘My colleague then reacted with a series of disgusting, racially charged insults, which I not only did not refute, but also made light of…the remarks that followed made me feel quite uncomfortable.’

In the radio host’s words, “this audio is the perfect illustration of the all-too-common situation that was supplied to local media outlets with the objective to harm my career.” “Perhaps it was successful. It’s ultimately up to you, my loyal followers, how things turn out.”

Mayes expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that he was not given a chance to make atonement when the racist chat from 2016 was made public.

“As a person of color, I am all too familiar with the devastation that hate speech can cause. “I also believe that once we learn more, we will be able to perform better,” Mayes added.

Mayes worked for The Franchise for eight years, starting with the station’s inception in 2013. He retired from the station in 2017. Since joining The Franchise in 2007, the veteran radio presenter, Oklahoma State University graduate, and great lineman has worked a number of shifts on the station’s afternoon program, which he has done most lately.

 

 

Article Source : WayneDupree.com
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