On weekday mornings, listeners tuning into Springfield's 105.1 BOB FM would hear the voice Jennifer Scott Stevens.
On Friday, though, Stevens was taken into a supervisor's office and let go.
“He kept saying it's budgetary, and I looked at him and I said, ‘I think you and I both know that's not the case.’ "
Stevens said everyone at the station knew she was gay, but she never disclosed it to listeners.
She believes her sexual orientation become a problem when she came out publicly in a Springfield News-Leader article in June.
Following that piece, she also ramped up her activism including publicly supporting an Ozark firefighter last week who was trying to add her wife to her insurance benefits.
Stevens believes she was let go because she started taking a stand for gay rights outside the radio station.
"As long as you don't shove it in people's faces you'll be fine, but if you do what every other heterosexual couple does, you're shoving it in their faces and you need to stop because others are uncomfortable,” she said.
The station's general manager said he's not uncomfortable with it at all.
Jason McCutchin said he and another employee attended Stevens' and her wife's commitment ceremony. He added other homosexuals work at the company, which does offer same sex benefits.
McCutchin stands by budget reasons as the cause for Stevens’ layoff.
No other employees were given pink slips, but the general manager said he has left a sales position open and made monetary cuts in other areas.
But the woman who made her living with her voice isn't buying it; she says she lost that position because she became too vocal.
"There's a lot of people out there that have never experienced any kind of discrimination. They've never experienced it so they assume it doesn't exist, because they personally haven't witnessed it."