HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A half dozen Houston police officers converged on KPFT studios in Montrose Tuesday afternoon to keep the peace. That happened as things got heated between two groups of employees at the listener supported radio station.
Dr. Obidike Kamau was fired from KPFT radio Friday which is owned by Pacifica. His termination came after three months on the job as general manager. Today he refused to leave the station. Three other employees were also fired today.
The Interim Executive Director Bill Crosier tells Fox 26 Dr. Kamau was fired because the station was having serious financial problems. Dr. Kamau says, "some of it has to be that it is racial...I've had only three months."
Meanwhile, those who work at and love KPFT say the station is struggling to survive. Nationwide we're told the owner – Pacifica – is also about $8 million in debt.
HPD officers gave Dr. Kamau a trespassing warning and said the issue is a civil matter.
Members of the local board that govern KPFT say they want Dr. Kamau to maintain his position despite the actions of the interim executive director at the station.