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Nation’s First Out-Gay TV News Anchor Is Out ... of a Job

by Joe Siegel
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Tuesday Feb 10, 2009
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Veteran television news anchor Randy Price has been let go from WHDH-TV (Channel 7)in Boston. Price ended his 12-year tenure at the station with the February 4 newscast.

Price, 59, was the first openly gay news anchor in the country and has been an advocate for animal rights and gay issues. Price has headlined local events such as the annual Men’s Event fund-raiser for Fenway Community Health Center.

Price told EDGE his departure from WHDH was essentially a business decision. The way the announcement was handled by the station’s management is a sore spot for Price.

"It angered me to see them come out and make this whole charade about ’I came in and wanted to retire’. Well, I’m not retirement age so that’s not only disingenuous but fraudulant. I think in light of who I worked for, most people see it for what it is," Price said.

In spite of the way Price was treated at the end by the WHDH management, his experience at Channel 7 was a largely positive one.

"I have had a fanastic twelve years for the most part," Price noted. "I have a lot of people that I love and admire who I work with. I have a lot of organizations and causes that the station gave me the platform to work with."

It angered me to see them come out and make this whole charade about ’I came in and wanted to retire’. Well, I’m not retirement age so that’s not only disingenuous but fraudulant.

Price’s colleagues at the station hold him in the highest regard.

Jonathan Hall, an investigative reporter at Channel 7, called Price " a class act, friendly and warm, and a top notch communicator who cares about his audience and the news product we deliver"

"He’s a talented broadcaster, wonderful person, and a good friend who will be missed by many," said Channel 7 news anchor Matt Lorch.

Price had no qualms about being open about his sexuality in the workplace, and believed it helped him in many ways.

"I think that was one of my advantages," Price explained. "I think that people thought more positively of the station because they seemed to embrace that. They thought it was a positive thing. I’m very grateful for that."

As for his future, Price is keeping his options open.

"When you get into a crossroads like this, it gives you a great opportunity to always rethink where you’re going and what you want to be doing. I had phenomenal experience and high visibility with a hugely successful news program. The world is changing, the media climate is changing, there are a lot of options, a lot of choices out there, so I have time to just shut down and think about it," Price said.

Joe Siegel has written for a number of other GLBT publications, including In newsweekly and Options.

Comments

  • Anonymous, 2009-02-10 21:44:42

    Lots and lots of people in mainstream journalism are out of a job or soon will be. Part of the problem is that all of them were "advocates" for this or that. People do get tired of being preached to and certainly after 12 years get tired of the same pretty face. Newscasting is a beauty pageant!


  • Anonymous, 2009-02-12 00:40:43

    If you every watched Randy Price, I don’t think you would be throwing around that crap about being "preached" to. He wasn’t an advocate to his news audience for God’s sake. On a personal level, he simply said who he is, since he’s been married to the same person for thirty something years, that wouldn’t be so bad if he got into some advocacy. The pretty face comment is just too petty to justify with a reaction.


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