Deb Stanley, KMGH-TV (Denver), January 10, 2011
A member of the Greeley-Evans School District 6 Board of Education is broadcasting an attack on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on his radio station.
Brett Reese reads a listener’s letter on 104.7 FM Pirate radio that calls the slain civil rights leader a sexual degenerate, a communist and modern-day plastic god.
“Just a sexual degenerate, an America hating communist and a criminal betrayer of even the interest of his own people,” Reese says in his radio broadcast.
“His name isn’t really Martin Luther King Jr.,” Reese continues.
When asked if this was an appropriate broadcast for a school board member, Reese responds, “It’s . . . you know what? That’s a good question.”
Reese said this particular broadcast has been on the air for three years, but recently it’s being broadcast twice a day.
“I guess, personally, I believe in the message, the general message of what this letter is about,” Reese said.
Parents in his school district are embarrassed by his broadcast.
The parents 7NEWS spoke with want Reese to resign.
“He has no business being on the board of education in a town with a huge Hispanic population,” said Jones.
Reese said he’s not going to step down. He will continue broadcasting that commentary every day up to the MLK holiday on Jan. 17.
On Monday night, Reese walked out of a school board meeting after the board agreed on a resolution acknowledging Reese’s right to free speech, but decrying his message.