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“Tranny” gets college “Deplorable Radio” DJs yanked from live radio

Student deejays of the “Deplorable Radio” show at University of Minnesota-Morris were shut down in mid programming this month after one said the word “tranny” on-air – a word the student program manager called a “hate slur” and a violation of FCC rules when barging into the studio with campus police to pull them off the air.

The weekly radio show is now facing cancellation; however, school administrators are hard at work searching for a crime to blame for permanently pulling the show off the airwaves. As it turns out, the word “tranny” is not in violation of FCC rules and regulations.

As reported to The College Fix, the drama began November 8 when student deejays Brandon Albrecht and Tayler Lehmann were doing their weekly show on KUMM and Albrecht commented on the lack of Antifa violence on campus which he attributed to the small campus size making it easy to single out a potential perpetrator.

“You know, you can definitely, you see one tranny that’s trying to punch someone,” he said on-air to Lehman and another unidentified man in the studio. “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.”

Fifteen minutes later, as the video shows (edited for lag time), the student program manager enters the studio with a campus police officer and announces they must leave the studio because the word “tranny” is an FCC violation and they broke the law.

“Hey guys, I am just going to have you leave. You said a couple words that break FCC violations. [Tranny] is a hate slur not allowed on the radio,” she told them. “I need you to leave.”

She then explained to the pair she must fill out a report for their hate speech and the officer is with her because they broke the law.

“It’s a violation, you are breaking the law,” she said. “I just need to enter a report. That is a specific hate speech word never allowed on radio, in the same way that you can never say ‘cocksucker’ on radio.”

 

Since the altercation, Albrecht and Lehmann were called into an executive board meeting and told they were permanently suspended from the radio by executive decision.

The pair was told that although the word “tranny” did not break FCC rules, board members had received complaints the week prior to the “tranny” debacle reporting that the deejays were under the influence, which is a breach of FCC rules, and callers threatened to file a report with the FCC. The pair was asked to “voluntarily” resign.

Albrecht denied the allegations of being under the influence while doing the show and additionally refused to resign.

The board “asked us to voluntarily resign from the club,” Albrecht said, “or else they would bring it to a vote for the entire club to kick us out.”

As far as Albrecht is concerned, the pair won’t resign and want to “go out with a bang and make the executive staff hold a ridiculous vote for the whole station to kick us out for saying ‘tranny.’”

The Fix reported that according to First Amendment and media lawyer Bob Corn-Revere, the board’s assertions regarding federal communication laws are false. “The officials are wrong,” Corn-Revere told The Fix via email. “Neither [saying the word ‘tranny’ nor broadcasting while under the influence] is a violation of FCC rules.”

According to The Fix, Albrecht received an email from the radio station manager that pulled back slightly on its allegations.

“Upon further consultation with University officials, we have come to the conclusion that our language concerns have been determined to not be in violation of FCC community standards,” the email read. However, that wasn’t the end of it. It went on to say they were in violation of not playing at least two songs per hour on their show.

Regardless of the far-reaching and ever-changing reasons with which the university hits Albrecht, he believes his show was subjected to a double standard which had nothing to do with FCC violations and everything to do with the word “tranny.”

“Our freedom of speech is being curtailed today in the very place it should be most free, on college campuses,” he wrote.

Bogus Times reached out to the University of Minnesota-Morris for comment, but received no reply in time for press.

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