|Lloyd Gite former KTSU Radio Employee
The phone for the Insite began ringing off the hook last week. Everyone on the other end of the line wanted to talk about the unexpected firing of Houston journalist Lloyd Gite from KTSU radio.
Here’s how the story supposedly went. Gite, who was a talk show host for KTSU, apparently was a panelist for a seminar held at the radio station’s studios last Tuesday. It was an event put on by the Houston Association of Black Journalists to mentor young students on TSU’s campus. It’s my understanding Gite is not a member of the organization but volunteered with this particular session.
Gite was among the list of journalists and media professionals scheduled to address the college students. The speakers were suppose to give realistic advice on the broadcasting industry. According to those who attended the meeting Gite reportedly gave the students much more.
Sources say Gite tore into the university claiming the school and its faculty and staff were unprofessional. Some even claim Gite personally attacked the journalism students in the room saying they couldn’t speak or write properly.
The Insite was told prominent TSU journalism professor Serbino Sandifer-Walker and some of her students walked out. Others in the audience defended the university against Gite.
Keep in mind this entire episode allegedly happened on the campus of TSU at KTSU studios with lots of school and radio staffers around listening.
By Thursday morning Lloyd Gite was no longer on the air at KTSU radio where he hosted a program called Straight Talk.
As any journalists would do the Insite wanted to get Gite’s side of the story. Early Monday morning he responded with this email and was willing to offer more insight into the matter.
What Gite makes clear is he was not fired. He resigned from the radio station. Here’s his statement:
“I actually resigned my position at ktsu. I went there after I was assured by the president of the university that he wanted to change things at the radio station. I was there for three months and nothing changed. There is a serious lack of professionalism at that institution and nobody seems to care. Those who are suffering are the students and the community at large. Once again, we have an African American institution that is failing all of us. As for me, I learned a lot about why we as a people are in serious trouble.”
The Insite also placed a call to KTSU’s General Manager George Thomas. He referred me to TSU spokesperson Eva Pickens for a comment. But Thomas did offer some perspective on Gite. Thomas said, “he resigned is all I can say…He said some very nasty things about all of us…He was very unprofessional…”
|George Thomas, KTSU Radio General Manager
I followed up with Mr. Thomas by asking was Gite asked to resign from KTSU. Thomas says if that were the case I would have to get that answer from Gite’s immediate supervisor who I have yet to reach.
So one thing is very clear. Gite was not fired from KTSU. Radio station officials confirm he resigned. But the question some still have is was he pushed?
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Police arrested two celebrities this weekend in Downtown Shreveport.
KSLA News 12 is reporting the rapper known as “Rick Ross” was arrested in Shreveport Friday night for possession of marijuana. His real name is William Leonard Roberts II.
According to the police records, a strong odor of marijuana was detected from his room at the Hilton in Downtown Shreveport. No word at this hour of how much marijuana police found.
Shreveport police also arrested Philadelphia Eagles star Jason Peters. He’s from Queen City, Texas and played college football at the University of Arkansas. He is charged with loud music and disturbing the peace.
Both were booked into Shreveport City Jail, summonsed, and released. Roberts was in town to perform at the Bay Bay Birthday Bash at the Kokopellis nightclub. Peters was one of the celebrity guests.
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