Iowa radio station fires announcer and producer over racist commentary at high school basketball game
Forest City, Iowa announcer Orin Harris of KIOW (Photo: Harris Facebook)

Two local radio personalities have been fired after being caught on video attacking an opposing team with racist language, OzarksFirst reported.


Late Sunday night, a video was posted on Facebook of Orin Harris and a female producer laughing about the ethnicities of the opposing team’s players. Specifically, they refer to them as the “Español people in Eagle Grove.” Harris and the producer agreed, "They're all foreigners."

"As [President] Trump would say, go back where they came from," Harris continued.

The game was between Forest City High School and Eagle Grove high School. Harris has been a longtime announcer for Forest City.

KOIW-FM radio announced the firing of the two staffers on Monday.

"These comments were deplorable, and the staff and management of KIOW in no way condones or supports these comments," the station said.

Eagle Grove superintendent Jess Toliver issued an apology after the game to the students.

"It's a teaching point. How do we make people aware of all the good things? Let's look at the positives of diversity. Without diversity, we have a lot less students, we aren't as vibrant. Diversity has been something that has saved our community," Toliver told KIMT-TV.