Diamond Exits Magic Broadcasting Following Death Threats
October 9, 2007 at 11:39 AM (PT)
Veteran broadcaster KIM DIAMOND has resigned her post at MAGIC BROADCASTING/PANAMA CITY where she was APD/middays at AC WVVE (WAVE 100), mornings at Top 40 WILN, and News reporter on Talker WYOO.
DIAMOND explained, "The BOOTCAMP TRIAL is taking place in town, and it involves seven guards (five white, two African-Americans) beating a black inmate to death. Talk host BERNIE THOMPSON and I have both received death threats, and I asked the station -- in particular owner DON McCOY and OM CHRIS ALLEN -- for protection. DON told me to write up the details and he'd get back to me when he finished dealing with some KDAY/LOS ANGELES issues, while CHRIS told me 'it's a personal issue, deal with it.'
"So, I'm dealing with it -- and I'm going to leave. Unless MAGIC can provide security, I have no choice." Reach KIM at (925) 628-5205, or email@example.com.
MAGIC COO JEFF STOREY told ALL ACCESS, "Had I been aware of any death threat prior to her resignation, or death threats to any of our family of MAGIC employees, we'd take the necessary steps to contact the authorities, and protect our team. I will reach out to KIM and ask her about this. She did tell our HR department about the death threat and took the initiative to quit on the advice of her own counsel, prior to my knowledge of this."
THOMPSON, who does mornings at WYOO and does own a bullet-proof vest, and being a former marksman in the military, has a pending permit to carry a handgun, told ALL ACCESS, "This is a very sad situation and could potentially develop into the next JENA 6 situation, with outside protesters in the coming days. I have received zero death threats. KIM is wrong. Am I careful when I go out in public? Yes.
"And in a few minutes I will be working with a diverse group of our community, praying for both sides in this potentially tense situation, showing our unity. We are trying to show the real face of our community which is one of healing and one of togetherness."