After reviewing Abilene City Councilmember Kyle McAlister’s race-related remarks on Facebook, KACU decided it will no longer air his show, “NightSounds with Kyle McAlister.”
“We condemn these offensive statements,” said Nathan Gibbs, general manager of KACU in a press release. “While he never said anything like this on the air, he still represents KACU in the community as one of its hosts.”
Gibbs said he appreciates the dedication McAlister put into the late-night music program and his frequent participation in fundraising activities to help the station.
“We believe strongly in embracing diversity, and these comments go against our core values,” said Gibbs in the statement.
KACU is a public radio station operated on campus in the Don H. Morris Building, and “NightSounds with Kyle McAlister” aired Sunday evenings from 11 p.m. to midnight. McAlister served as a volunteer music host and not as an employee of KACU or the university.
On Jan. 9, Mayor Anthony Williams and McAlister addressed the posts in a press conference.
“Those posts were not only inappropriate, they were offensive. They offended me,” Williams said. “In the strongest way I can, I want to condemn those posts. I’m embarrassed for the city, I’m embarrassed for councilman McAlister. This is not who we are.”
McAlister spoke after Williams.
“I do realize that many of those comments, some going back nine years, have cause the people in this community a lot of pain. It was thoughtless, it was insensitive, it shows no understanding of what a lot of people have gone through and continue to go through,” McAlister said.
McAlister filed for reelection Wednesday morning for the May 4 City Council elections, making him the first to do so.