What did I tell you guys?
That self-excommunicated KCUR FM host Jabulani Leffall would come out of hiding eventually and likely choose the safe harbor of The Pitch to do so.
No tough questions, just a ton of references to yesterday’s KC Confidential headline challenging Leffall “to come out of hiding.”
Leffall says he went to Party Arty Saturday at the Nelson Atkins Museum, therefore “No, man, I’m not hiding at all,” he said.
Hey wildman, it doesn’t matter how many parties you go to, when you quit on the air after two years then duck multiple reporter’s calls for a week, that’s hiding.
Leffall just happened to email the Pitch yesterday shortly after KCC called him out for hiding from his listeners.
“There’s no shortage of avenues for Jabulani to take,” I wrote yesterday in challenging him to speak out about his unexplained exit. “The Pitch and certainly Tony kissed up to him plenty the past two years. He could share his side of the story with either with little worry. They want it bad enough to assure Leffall a soft landing.”
And a soft landing it was.
The Pitch didn’t even have the you-know-what to ask him about their goofy story and headline about him not being on drugs. That’s right, according to an unnamed Pitch source Leffall wasn’t on drugs during the radio show he quit on.
Short as it was, the Pitch story referenced KCC‘s description of Leffall being “in hiding” no less than three separate times.
Yet no mention of that it was KCC that had called him on that. Instead, the Pitch wrote “he is not in hiding, as some media observers have suggested.”
Some media observers, eh?
Small town journalism at its finest.
What Leffall’s email did say was the “General Manager and Program Director and myself made a ‘gentlemen’s’ agreement not to discuss internal matters and I plan to hold up my end of the bargain.”
The bottom line: Something fairly flaky must have gone down, money may have changed hands (that’s how radio silence is usually bought) with nobody now the wiser.
At least we can rest assured that according to that unnamed Pitch source Leffall wasn’t on drugs.