EXCLUSIVE: Leaked audio contradicts ASU Cronkite school's narrative on station manager's ousting
One board member reassured the group that it was the dean's decision to remove Klein from her position, contradicting the university's past claims.
ASU radio board meeting audio confirms that Rae'Lee Klein is no longer acting as station manager, even though she technically still holds the position title.
The board of directors of Arizona State University student radio station The Blaze had a station-wide meeting to discuss programming in the wake of a tweet from student Rae'Lee Klein, the former station manager who was ousted after providing further context to the Jacob Blake shooting.
In audio obtained exclusively by Campus Reform, members of the board of directors can be heard saying what Campus Reform previously reported - that Klein was let go from the station at the instruction of ASU Cronkite School of Journalism Interim Dean Kristin Gilger, despite the university telling Campus Reform otherwise.
In the recordings obtained by Campus Reform, individuals at a recent board meeting, whom Klein identified as Sports Director Ethan Jordan, Music Director Vaughan Jones, and Production Director Jordan Spurgeon, say it was Gilger, not them, who removed Klein.
"If you want to discuss some non-programming related issues, specifically concerning our former station manager, you can stay on after the meeting [and] we are happy to stay on and discuss them with you, but briefly for those who are wondering Rae'Lee Klein is not going to be the station manager at Blaze Radio this year, that is for sure 100 percent," one person states.
"As for what role she will have, good question. We'd like to know the same thing. Unfortunately, that's between her, Dean Gilger, and Cronkite now and we don't really have any control over it. We want answers as much as you do," the same individual adds, before going on to say that Klein would "not have any influence over programming or anything like that even if she remains somehow in the title on the director's board."
Another individual stated, "Dean Gilger sort of was the one who came up with the idea that is in place currently and like we said that is sort of where it's gotten to the point where it's not really in our hands right now."
A board member said that Gilger "assured us that there is no resolution to this issue where she [Klein] remains as station manager."
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John Hanson is an Oklahoma Campus Correspondent with Campus Reform. He is a junior at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, studying Accounting and Political Science/History. He is the Treasurer of the College Republicans as well as an active member of his local pro-life club. John is a Fall 2020 Intern with Campus Reform.