Radio Host's Remarks Lead To Donor Pulling Support For College
February 1, 2010 at 5:53 AM (PT)
A major benefactor of the UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI has pulled his support for the school, and he has blamed comments by the morning host and co-owner of the school's radio sports partner D&H MEDIA Oldies KOKO-A/WARRENSBURG, MO for the withdrawal.
The KANSAS CITY STAR reports that Dutch enterpreneur BENOIT WESLEY, a Holocaust survivor who had donated scholarships and funded the campus landmark MAASTRICHT Friendship Tower, pulled his financial support for the school after KOKO's GREG HASSLER discussed the absence of a CHRISTMAS tree at the school president's campus home; HASSLER complained that Pres. AARON PODELESKY had removed the tree, saying, "For years there was a CHRISTMAS tree lit at SELMO PARK. He (PODELESKY) stopped that. Every religion should be able to celebrate in their own way, but we do live in WARRENSBURG, MISSOURI. This is AMERICA, you know? Let’s bring that back."
WESLEY wrote to the school board saying that HASSLER's remarks were anti-Semitic, and when the board did not take disciplinary steps, WESLEY revoked his support. HASSLER denies he meant anything anti-Semitic and told the STAR he had apologized, but added, "Did I actually say I was sorry? No, but I think that could be considered an apology. The whole thing is just silly."