Rob Shimshock, DCNF
A university called the police on a student who used the word “tranny” on radio, kicking him and his co-host out of the studio, according to a Friday video.
The unnamed manager of the student radio station at University of Minnesota-Morris told the student co-hosts to leave the station, asserting that they had violated Federal Communications Commission (FCC) policy, but the university has since changed its stated reasoning behind the students’ suspension, reported The College Fix.
“You know, you can definitely, you see one tranny that’s trying to punch someone,” Brandon Albrecht, a UMM student, said on-air. “You know it’s automatically that one guy that you know I’m talking about. I bet you know. I’m not going to dox anybody and name them on air. But you two know if I say the tranny who looks like he’s going to punch someone. Yep.”
Albrecht used the term while discussing the lack of Antifa violence at his school with co-host Taylor Lehmann on their radio program “Deplorable Radio.”
Albrecht asserted that the station manager came approximately 15 minutes later with a police officer to kick them off air, while speaking with The College Fix.
“Hey guys, I’m just going to have you leave,” said the station manager. “You said a couple words that break FCC violations and so for today I am going to have you stop your show….Specifically tranny. That is a hate slur, it is not allowed on radio. I need you to leave.”
When asked if she had to call the police, the station manager said “it’s a violation, you are breaking the law. I just need to enter a report.”
One week later, Albrecht said that he and co-host Lehmann “were permanently suspended from the radio by executive decision.” Albrecht told The College Fix that the board told the co-hosts that they had, in fact, not broken FCC rules by saying “tranny,” but said they had received complaints that the two students were intoxicated while broadcasting during an earlier show. Albrecht denied this allegation.
“The officials are wrong,” said Bob Corn-Revere, a media and First Amendment lawyer, to The College Fix. “Neither [saying ‘tranny’ nor drunk broadcasting] is a violation of FCC rules.”
The radio station manager told Albrecht Wednesday that he and his co-host had not played two or more new songs each hour.
“The situation the radio station is dealing with relates to compliance with DJ expectations and station standards,” said Melissa Vangsness, a spokeswoman for the university, to The College Fix. But Albrecht said that his show was not the only one that did not follow every rule and believes he and his co-host were suspended because of his use of “tranny.”
While the radio station asked Albrecht and Lehmann to resign, Albrecht said that they want to make the executive board vote on the issue.
“It is a shame that our freedom of speech is being curtailed today in the very place it should be most free, on college campuses,” Albrecht told The College Fix.
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