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KNZR takes two radio talk show hosts off the air in less than a week

Posted at 4:26 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 20:42:19-05

Two of Kern County's most vocal conservative radio talk show hosts have been taken off the air in the last week.

KNZR has parted ways with both Jaz McKay and Inga Barks. Barks and McKay, who have been speaking over the airwaves in Kern County for years.

McKay was let go from his position just days after his Facebook Live video went viral. His noon to six time slot has now been filled by Sean Hannity.

Barks' three to six time slot was filled by Terry Maxwell, former city councilman and restaurant owner. Chad Garcia, former KNZR employee confirmed Barks was no longer with the station. The reason for Barks' departure is unknown at this time.

23ABC spoke to Kern Radio News Talk 96.1 show hosts Richard Beene and Ralph Bailey earlier today and they both agreed the world of radio is evolving fast and standards are changing too.

"Whenever you are doing whatever you are a talk show host representing your radio station," Bailey said.

With many new social media platforms for viewers to watch and listen both radio public figures said their constantly being held to a higher standard.

"There are certain standards that are being constantly elevated, so people have to be held accountable for what they say and I think that is more true than it's been in a long time," Richard Beene concluded.

Beene also said with the "Me Too" movement there is now more attention on what public figures say.