At Last The Cans Go Into Recycling! – Watch And You’ll Understand

2 04 2015

Kirk Cast – Episode Two – April 1, 2015 (No Foolin’)

For more information please check the show notes from episode One.

http://bit.ly/1KC331

Number three will be online over the weekend!

Thanks for watching and I hope to hear from you … Kirk@KirkClyatt.com

We’ve only begun 😉





There Have Been Worse … March 26th NewsBlues Story

26 03 2015

Too poor to subscribe, so my thanks to the editor for sending me the full story, below it is my reply. The story has links, there are also videos and more of this TV tale in the next few blog posts. The link to where this story is from; http://www.NewsBlues.com
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WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

[] Kirk Clyatt’s wild career ride continues.

The high-strung former Philadelphia (WPHL-17-MyTV) and Baltimore (WBFF-45-Fox) weather guesser, who was fired from crappy little WHSV-3-ABC in Harrisonburg, VA (Market #178) in 2010, found work four years ago at WHP-21-CBS in Harrisburg (Market #45). Last August, he was fired from WHP, he says, for requesting a reduction in hours so he could spend time working in radio.

He landed, almost immediately, as a weekend meteorologist at Waterman’s WVIR-29-NBC in Charlottesville, VA (Market #183). Yes, the pricklyWaterman Broadcasting Corporation…and openly gay, mercurial, highly opinionated Kirk Clyatt…what could possibly go wrong, right?

In February, Clyatt went before the Charlottesville City Council to speak briefly in opposition to Lee Jackson Day, a Civil War-era holiday that falls a week before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

[] “I didn’t really think much about it,” said Clyatt. But a few days later, he got a letter from News Director David Foky saying that his comments had been highly controversial. Foky wantedClyatt’s assurance that he wouldn’t speak out on the subject again.

Clyatt refused, so Waterman fired him. Clyatt says the station violated his rights as an American citizen to speak freely. “I was shocked by their reaction,” he said. “To gag myself as a weatherman, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to bring you TV weather, it’s just a point where I have to say, it’s just too much to ask. Just…too…much…to…ask.”

On Monday, March 16, Clyatt went back before the Charlottesville City Council and publicly “came out as a gay man.” He described the actions of Waterman as “unethical and possibly illegal” and said the “Civil War is not yet over, especially here in Virginia.”

Bottom line: Kirk Clyatt…talented, troubled Kirk Clyatt…is once again living in his car. If you can spare 30 minutes of your life, here is his video explanation of it all.

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In the ballpark, but the story needs some corrections … my reply to NewsBlues;

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Ahh not too bad, considering, but I’m not living in my car again … yet … I know there is a lot of minutia with this story. The car was in the future tense … I’m OK for a month or two, well see how hard they fight me trying to get unemployment and how much I’m eligible for when I apply?

As WVIR told me, “I’ll never work again.” … Oh well.

Also it was not speaking again just about Lee-Jackson Day, but about ANY issue even though I was a weatherman, I was not working in a news reporting capacity at WVIR.

I was strictly forbidden to say anything about Climate Change, since it was weather related … too controversial. I did follow that edict … but Lee-Jackson Day? Hopefully the blog explains some of my motivations?

L-J Day is the Friday before MLK day … its a unique four day winter weekend in VA.

When you have time dig deeper into the blogworking to get it all converted to a more user friendly web site ASAP, I know its now a little all over the place.

What no mention of the WVIR hypocrisy and Churchill giving the finger?

Community support has been amazing, attached is a sign one of my supporters suggest I start using, maybe? … I’ll try to have some of the comments I have received posted ASAP.

protestsign

Love the word … mercurial. I may have appeared that way at times, but I’m really not. For so much of my life I felt I had to show a different side to the world than the person I really was … for better or for worse that has now changed and I feel better for it.

If I had had more courage 20 years ago … I wouldn’t have appeared to be so mercurial and would of had a better life, different challenges, but I know better. Maybe some of today’s young gay TV talent can learn from my experiences?

Happy, more or less, to answer any other questions you have … thanks for sending the copy.

To end; does ‘troubled’ necessarily mean unhappy or unproductive? Wasn’t Abraham Lincoln a ‘troubled’ man?

For now enjoying this unmapped highway … and thankful I have a better car, hopefully we can continue to enjoy the journey together?

Oh and the video is only 23 minutes, plus it’s real life TV News drama, the Butterfly Effect in full force 😉





Aftermath Of Being A Responsible Citizen? … You’re Fired!

22 03 2015

My statement to Charlottesville City Council on Monday, March 16th, 2015

Here is the audio version;

Kirk Clyatt – Charlottesville City Council – March 16, 2015

Link to the video, my appearance is at ~25 minutes into the meeting;

Video Charlottesville City Council – March 16, 2015

This is the transcript;

Mayor: Kirk, Kirk Clyatt?

Clyatt: Clyatt, that’s right thank you Mister Mayor and Council, my name is Kirk Clyatt, 208 Meade Avenue and I’m going to talk about what happened after I was here last time.

In 1968 I remember as a small boy, nine years old, the impact of Walter Cronkite’s words in changing America after his trip to Vietnam.

Well unfortunately that can’t happen anymore; I have learned the hard way after having the audacity to speak before this council as TV weatherman about the Civil War and Lee-Jackson Day, that act of civic responsibility, has cost me my job and I have never been prouder to be fired.

I was told by NBC29 management that by coming here tonight, that I would make a fool out of myself and I never work again and by innuendo it was inferred that they would make it hard for me to get unemployment compensation.

Well I say to this council there are things that more important than TV weather.

I’ve prepared a packet; here is one if you’d like to take a look at it. I’ll be emailing them to you individually and I’ve got an extra here if you’d like.

In case you don’t remember I was here on February 2nd, I’ve also included in the packet a little background on why this is an important issue to me.

I came to Charlottesville because I viewed this as a progressive community and NBC29 seemed to fit into this community.

The company handbook even stated;

“It is policy to allow and support ALL employees to participate in civic, political, charitable or other community activities of the employee’s choosing.”

Then on February 3rd, even though there were no complaints about my actions, I get an email that states in part;

No testifying before a public body on personal opinions.

Now I certainly understand not taking a public position on stories that you are actively covering, but I wasn’t covering this as a story … I was a weatherman.

Then on February 6th I received a letter that directly contradicted what was said in the employee handbook.

This is amazing to me because the station knew when they hired me that my side job is a USA news commentator with politically tinged commentaries for radio stations in Australia, including some of the major cities, for the past 13 years.

To obey this letter, as a gay man … and I have to wonder as a side bar if that is part of this, as I had planned to soon publicly come out … well I guess my coming out is to this council and to this meeting tonight.

(Applause)

Thank you.

I didn’t expect applause, but I appreciate that.

You know I would not be allowed to take a position whether it was OK for me to be discriminated against.

Would I be allowed to write a Facebook commentary on the tragic suicide of Leelah Alcorn the 17-year-old transgender girl you may remember last December in Ohio that brought me more than a few tears?

There is also the issue of religion;

I was told if I had said the exact same things that I said to you in a place of worship that would be fine, but to me coming here had such an impact that it rises to the level of freedom of religious expression, so much so that I have registered the website after this happened ChruchOfTheCitizen.org.

I consider the actions by NBC as unethical and possibly illegal.

I’ll be in touch with you independently about how maybe this council can help me?

And it just goes to show unfortunately in too many ways the Civil War is not yet over, especially here in Virginia.

Mayor: Thank You.

Clyatt: And I thank you for listening to me.

(Applause)

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It would seem hard to imagine, but the story is getting even stranger … more to come ASAP.

Thank you for reading … your comments are welcome.