Host Alleges Station Fired Him Over Gas Drilling Criticism
June 3, 2011 at 4:21 AM (PT)
Former FAYETTE BROADCASTING CO. Adult Standards-Full Service WMBS-A/UNIONTOWN, PA 1-3p (ET) "LET'S TALK" host ROBERT FOLTZ is alleging that his firing on APRIL 20th was the result of having a guest talk about contamination of the local water supply due to natural gas drilling, according to the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE.
The paper reports that FOLTZ was reported by the station's FACEBOOK page to be taking a "leave of absence," but FOLTZ said he was terminated in a letter from owner ROBERT PRITTS and GM BRIAN MROZIAK and told to tell listeners that his departure was a "personal leave of absence" at his election. FOLTZ was replaced by FAYETTE COUNTY Zoning Hearing Board alternate MARK RAFAIL.
MROZIAK denied that "the natural gas stuff" had anything to do with the firing, although the station had added a show called "NATURAL GAS MATTERS" a month before FOLTZ departed, with the POST-GAZETTE reporting that host JASON MILLER pronounced himself and his co-host CHRIS WHINERY "pro-industry" on the opening episode, with WHINERY adding that "we both get paychecks from gas companies."