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
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.
In the ballpark, but the story needs some corrections … my reply to NewsBlues;
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 blog … working 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.
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 😉