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DJs suspended over homophobic parent hoax

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Two Long Island radio personalities have been suspended over an on-air hoax about a homophobic parent.

David Widmer, general manager of Connoisseur Media Long Island, the station's owner says that Steve Harper and Leeana Karlson of Farmingdale's WKJY/93.3 FM were suspended this weekend.

“I sincerely apologize for the actions of Steve and Leeana, their insensitivity to the hurt it may have caused anyone, and for the breach of trust these actions have caused”, said Widmer in a post on the station's Facebook page.

He says the station is dealing with various community groups and gay rights organizations about the incident, but said that Harper and Karlson were supportive of same-sex marriage.

On Wednesday, the two hosts of The K98.3 Morning Show aired a fake story about a girl’s birthday party and one parent’s objection to the same-sex situation of that girl’s parents.

After this aired, it was brought to K-98.3 management’s attention that all the details of the story were completely fabricated

Harper and Karlson posted remarks on the station's website Monday, saying the story was fictitious and apologizing for the stunt.

“We applaud the quick and decisive actions from the management team at K-98.3 FM," said David Kilmnick, Chief Executive Officer, Long Island GLBT Services Network in a release.

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