*A St. Louis sports-talk radio host’s show has been dropped after he said on air that many blacks voted for President Barack Obama because of his race.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that veteran host Kevin Slaten is out at the sports-talk station KFNS. He wasn’t a direct employee because his arrangement had him selling his own advertising as an independent contractor. Thus, he wasn’t technically fired — his show was canceled.
Slaten said during his Thursday broadcast that the fact that 93 percent of blacks voted for Obama suggested they were bigoted in their voting.
Station general manager Katy Pavelonis confirmed the show’s cancellation Monday.
*He’s baaaaaack! Stephen A. Smith is ESPN’s new radio host and columnist for NBA news.
The network announced their shift in characters late Tuesday, sharing that Smith will host a pair of two-hour, weekday shows, airing on 1050 ESPN in New York from 7-9 p.m. and 710 ESPN in Los Angeles from 6-8 p.m.
After 16-years at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Smith left the company and moved on over to radio. Now he’s more than excited to see his career take a new turn.
“Words cannot express how excited I am to return to ESPN,” he said. “The five-plus years I spent here in my previous stint were unquestionably the best years of my professional career. To have the opportunity to return to a place where I have an abundance of friends – with individuals whose contributions to my life, both professionally and personally, deserves far more credit than I can describe – simply makes my return that much more special. I’m sincerely grateful. And very, very ready. As in right now. Let’s go!”