Howie Nave expected to go back on the air
After three days off the air after a listener complaint, the host of KRLT’s Morning Rush, Howie Nave, is expected back on the job this morning.
South Lake Tahoe native Sherry Hawks, 39, felt she had a well-founded grievance about comments made by Nave and a guest comedian on a Sunday-afternoon radio program.
“It is very, very wrong what he said,” Hawks said. “I’m a mother, and this is a valid complaint. I think there should be an apology.”
Hawks was driving with her 7- and 9-year-old children when she heard the comments, which she contends were sexual in nature.
Joe Schwartz, CEO of KRLT owner Cherry Creek Radio, did not confirm the radio program’s comments and stopped short of calling Nave’s time off the air a suspension.
“We asked him to take a few days off so we could investigate the situation,” Schwartz said Thursday. “We didn’t see anything too terrible about what was said.”
Officials at the company examined the comments with regard to taste and whether they conflicted with Federal Communications Commission guidelines, Schwartz said.
The FCC could impose a $300,000 fine if comments from the radio program were determined to be profane, Schwartz explained, adding that he has received support for Nave from the South Shore community since he left the airwaves.
“I must have received at least 50 e-mails pleading for us to keep Howie on the air,” Schwartz said.
Hawks was not among them.
“I don’t care if Howie comes back or not. It’s not even about that. It’s about what we hear on the radio,” Hawks said.
Nave, who also writes movie reviews for the Tahoe Daily Tribune and provides content to Lake Tahoe Action, did not return requests for comment Thursday.
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