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Saturday, March 29, 2008

STLtoday: Dave Duncan contemplates action vs. Kevin Slaten, KFNS

While Kevin Slaten is your typical Ferrall-fare, this IS the clangheaded Duncan clan…so, Go King!

Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan is angry at KFNS radio, saying he was put on the air without his consent by afternoon drive-time host Kevin Slaten and is contemplating legal recourse.

The incident happened Thursday, when they had a contentious conversation that Duncan said he thought was private, but was being broadcast. In it, he called Slaten a “nasty man’’ and Slaten accused Duncan of slander.

“It certainly was unethical what he did, and probably unlawful,’’ Duncan said Friday via phone. “But that’s the way Kevin Slaten is, and that’s why I wasn’t interested in going on his show. Kevin Slaten over the years has said a lot of things that have made me angry, and this is just typical of how he operates.’‘

...(The start of the conversation on the tape isn’t that clear-cut.) Duncan hangs up. Then a clip of Duncan’s appearance a few weeks ago is played, and Slaten tees off.

“He’s either a liar or he’s the dumbest man on the face of the earth,’’ Slaten says. “He either lied when he said he didn’t come on, or he’s so stupid he doesn’t know he was on. ... Does this give you an insight what’s going on with this organization? Do you need any more?’‘

Repoz Posted: March 29, 2008 at 12:09 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tricky Dick Posted: March 29, 2008 at 01:18 PM (#2723055)
Slaten: "Hi, this is Kevin Slaten at '590 the Fan' in St. Louis. How are you?

Duncan: "I'm fine, thank you.''

Slaten: "Good. Could we grab you for a couple minutes to talk a little bit about the (Anthony) Reyes decision?

Duncan: "Kevin, I'm not going to go on your show.''

Slaten: "Why not?''

Duncan: "Because you're a nasty man and I don't like you.''


Duncan tells him how he feels pretty quickly in that phone conversation. At least he can't be faulted for beating around the bush. This may not have been a smart thing for Duncan to do. But I don't think I can defend this brand of sports talk radio which has popped up in every major media market.
   2. JMM Posted: March 29, 2008 at 01:56 PM (#2723059)
Given that Slaten called Duncan, he could be in very serious trouble with the FCC, etc. You are not allowed to call people and put them on the radio live without their permission. Duncan may just own his ass for this.
   3. Urban Bovine Knievel Posted: March 29, 2008 at 02:06 PM (#2723061)
Duncan's a pretty straigntforward guy. Several years ago, he posted on a message board for about a month, until the team told him he had to stop. A friend and him went back and forth a lot, but it was awfully cool of him to respond to people.

Slaten is the worst of the worst on the radio.

Wow, after reading the FA, I'm pretty interested in reading what happens. I'm not going to listen to the radio to find out.
   4. BDC Posted: March 29, 2008 at 02:14 PM (#2723063)
Slaten could not be reached to comment, but on the air insisted that Duncan should have known he was on. The tape seems to show some ambiguity in the matter.
Slaten: "Hi, this is Kevin Slaten at '590 the Fan' in St. Louis. How are you?
Duncan: "I'm fine, thank you.''
Slaten: "Good. Could we grab you for a couple minutes to talk a little bit about the (Anthony) Reyes decision?
Duncan: "Kevin, I'm not going to go on your show.''


I wonder where the "some ambiguity" is in that transcript. Duncan says "I'm not going to go on your show," which would seem in plain English to mean not now, not later, not at all.
   5. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: March 29, 2008 at 02:54 PM (#2723070)
Slaten seems to be claiming that "Hi, this is Kevin Slaten at '590 the Fan' in St. Louis. How are you?" constitutes telling Duncan that he's on the radio. I see no way that that's the case. All he did was state who he was and which company he worked for.
   6. Bruce Markusen Posted: March 29, 2008 at 03:36 PM (#2723086)
As someone who used to work in radio, I have nothing but contempt for what Slaten did. Not only is putting someone on the air without their knowledge illegal, but it is unethical and rude. If you want to arrange an interview, have your producer call someone off the air and do it properly. Putting someone on the spot in such an awkward way is simply unprofessional.
   7. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: March 29, 2008 at 06:29 PM (#2723149)
Putting someone on the spot in such an awkward way is simply unprofessional.

It's gotten him plenty of publicity, hasn't it? If Duncan doesn't sue, this constitutes a big win for this mullethead.
   8. musial6 Posted: March 29, 2008 at 08:16 PM (#2723171)
this is all pretty tame by Slaten's standards - it's not like he punched anyone!

15 years ago he was convicted of felony assault for an incident in November 1992 in The Arena parking lot when Slaten was charged with hitting Gregg Cumberledge and Catherine Welker after Slaten and Cumberledge were involved in a car accident. Slaten opened Cumberledge's door and began punching him in the face. When Welker tried to intervene, Slaten punched her.

and then there's this doozy from the early 80s

"Kevin Slaten, the Steamers' public address announcer, tried to punch John Dolinsky when the Stallions' forward arrived in the penalty box to serve a holding infraction shortly before halftime. Referee Heinz Wolmerath promptly pulled a red card, signalling Slaten's ejection."
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2008 at 08:51 PM (#2723178)
Given that Slaten called Duncan, he could be in very serious trouble with the FCC, etc. You are not allowed to call people and put them on the radio live without their permission. Duncan may just own his ass for this.

That sounds like a wise rule, and I doubt don't that is true, but it does seem like morning show hosts call people all the time and air the calls without their consent to pull pranks.
   10. JMM Posted: March 30, 2008 at 11:44 AM (#2723431)
That sounds like a wise rule, and I doubt don't that is true, but it does seem like morning show hosts call people all the time and air the calls without their consent to pull pranks.

Most of the time, those calls are pre-recorded, and afterwards the "victim" consents to it being used. The rest of the time, the morning hosts are risking their jobs, their bosses' jobs, and (technically) their station's broadcast license.
   11. samiam Posted: April 04, 2008 at 07:02 PM (#2730662)
Seems Slaten has a BIG fan. LOL


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   12. Dr. Vaux Posted: April 04, 2008 at 07:21 PM (#2730682)
Isn't it also illegal to call someone and record it without their prior consent? (Unless you work for the government, of course. . .)
   13. Arva Posted: April 04, 2008 at 07:24 PM (#2730686)
#12: Depends on the state. In a two party state, you have to have permission from both sides. In a one party state, so long as one person gives consent, you can record it for personal or legal use (ie court). Slaten of course did not use it for personal or legal use, but for public use, so he's still screwed.
   14. purell Posted: April 05, 2008 at 03:11 AM (#2731377)
Carpe Diem–King Duncan!

Looking for a place to sound-off on the latest KFNS catastrophe. How many years have we listened to Slaten berate players, coaches, and sports institutions for not having the “spine” to fire individuals that “lied”, “cheated”, and “broke the rules”? How about the self-anointed king of hypocrisy now? Caught on air lying to Duncan and a bonafide rule breaker. Reaping what he has sown–KFNS grew a spine and fired him!

Go Duncan–Go Cards!…and we hope Slaten just Goes Away!

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