Craig Schaller Fired By WHAM Over Blog Post
June 13, 2013 at 3:53 AM (PT)
CLEAR CHANNEL News-Talk WHAM-A/ROCHESTER has fired longtime producer and sports talk host CRAIG SCHALLER for comments in a blog post about "foreigners" and "Asians" on the LPGA golf tour.
NBC affiliate WHEC-TV reports that SCHALLER, who was with the station for 16 years, was fired on TUESDAY after posting that there are too many gosh darn foreigners on the tour and more specifically, I'm talking about Koreans and Asians in general... It's hard to remember specific golfers when half of them seem to have names that sound like the sound you get when you bang pots and pans together.”
SCHALLER told WHEC that he "had an inkling it might be a little controversial. I actually said in the blog, I might offend some people I'm sure, but what I said I didn't think was over the top.... I regret the way it was taken. I meant it as a tongue in cheek kind of comment made for humor. I think a lot of people maybe not take things as light as they're meant when you write them sometimes. That was definitely the case. I shouldn't have said it that way. I admit that. It was poorly phrased and it was definitely offensive."
On TWITTER, SCHALLER wrote, "I got fired today for taking advantage of my right to free speech in this country. Hey local media hacks... feel better now?" and "Remind me to NEVER say anything--good or bad--about Asians ever again!," followed by, "Still sorry if I offended anyone. That was not my intent," and "Just making a point that the LPGA tour would benefit from more AMERICAN household names."