“The Heidi Harris Show” has been called the “best locally produced radio show” by Electronic Media Awards and Harris, “one of America’s 100 most important radio hosts” by Talkers Magazine. Despite these claims, KXNT 840 AM, CBS Radio Las Vegas abruptly dropped the controversial radio show on Sept. 19, 2017.
Recently, Harris posted a comment on the show’s Facebook page in response to an advertisement promoting adoption from the Clark County Department of Family Services. The advertisement showed two men walking hand-in-hand with a child learning to walk.
The comment began, “Another not-so-subtle attempt to normalize something that is NOT normal. Even if this is normal for YOU, it’s not the best thing for a baby.” The comment continued to explain that the ideal situation, for a child, is to be raised by a married couple of the opposite sex. It was clear she was referring to what she believed is best for the child.
The radio host is well-known for sharing her strong beliefs and opinions, in fact, it is why she was hired. However, Contact 13 shared an email response to a KXNT AM listener from CBS Radio Las Vegas: “Please note, effective immediately, The Heidi Harris Show will no longer air on KXNT.”
A spokesperson for CBS Radio, in New York, would not say if the show was dropped due to her controversial Facebook comments.
Harris has been sharing her opinions on the air for almost 20 years. In 1999, she was hired by KXNT for a weekend show. Soon, she was invited to co-host an award-winning radio show for five years. In October 2006, Harris decided she wanted to go solo but “The Heidi Harris Show” did not become a reality for 6 more months. It aired in April 2007, from 5-9 a.m. on KDNW. Her big mouth and opinionated attitude earned her the morning spot in Los Angeles and Riverside/San Bernardino. A year later, she came full circle and returned to KXNT.
After she was fired, she posted on “The Heidi Harris Show” Facebook page:
Your right to free speech is protected by government, not by your employer. That’s an important distinction. An employer has the right to a corporate culture, and if they feel, rightly or wrongly, that an employee’s statements conflict with that culture, they have every right to get rid of that person, even if the employee’s statements weren’t illegal.
She also referred to Kathy Griffin and her firing. She reminded people that Griffin was not censored; CNN decided that her speech did not fit with their business culture any longer. She is still free to speak her mind, just not from a CNN platform.
Harris explained that when a boss learns their employee is racist, they are often terminated because their values did not line up with the corporation.
…would YOU want to work with someone you saw on social media carrying a torch over the weekend?
“The Heidi Harris Show” aired on CBS KXNT 840 AM from 6-9 a.m. in Las Vegas. She was hired for her controversial opinions. She has served her purpose, as far as the radio station is concerned, and is no longer needed.
By Jeanette Smith
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