AUSTIN (KXAN) - KLBJ announced on the radio at 1:30 p.m. Monday that the
Don Pryor will be reassigned to new "off-the-air" duties. ToddJeffries will return after his unpaid suspension as the station'snews director and will continue to appear on the air.
This reaction comes after Pryor used a derogatory word todescribe undocumented workers on July 14. Pryor used the wordw*****k more than 30 times during the hour-long show on Wednesday. To listen to the broadcast in its entirety, clickhere .
Jeffries, who co-hosts the show, did not say the word - and infact tried to stop Pryor - but was being held responsible for theremarks because, managers said, he should have done more to stopPryor.
Managers said they have reached out to Austin's Hispaniccommunity, including Austin City Councilman Mike Martinez, in theaftermath of the controversy - which began Wednesday morning whenthe U.S. Hispanic Contractors Association - with more than 1,000members in Central Texas alone - demanded an apology and threatenedto boycott the station's advertisers if management didn't respondappropriately.
On July 16, Pryor apologized on-air, but members of U.S.Hispanic Contractors Association said that is not enough. TheUSHCA set up a meeting with the owners of KLBJ on July 20 to reachan agreement on an "acceptable plan of action" if this were tohappen again. It is unknown if their meeting directly influencedthe cancellation.
Below is an interview with UT journalism professor Robert Jensenwho discusses the threat of freedom of speech with this case:
Jensen said the harsh words could be a reflection of a biggerproblem in society.
"The problems of racism and sexism in the United States are notpart of our history, they're part of our contemporary struggle," hesaid.
He called the decision to pull the show a victory.
"It's a victory for remembering that racism in the United Statesis not gone, and it will only be beaten back with action and oftenvery loud action like this," Jensen said.
Andy Martinez with the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber ofCommerce said, "I think you owe it to the listeners and theadvertisers and folks that support you, to use that power - thepower of the pulpit/airwaves - to use it in a respectful way."
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