HOUSTON — A rally was held Friday after longtime KCOH radio personality Michael Harris removed himself from the airwaves and accused his boss of financial fraud.
KCOH has been the voice of Houston’s black community for over 50 years.
According to Harris, he took the action after thousands of dollars in loans that he secured for station expenses were misused by KCOH owner Jesse Dunn.
“He cheated. He connived. He stole,” Harris said.
Harris claims Dunn took a debit card addressed to Harris and spent money on gambling and other personal expenses.
Dunn admits going gambling but claims that the money belongs to him because he owns the company.
“Loans were not taken out in Michael Harris’ name,” Dunn said. “Loans were taken out in the name of the corporation, which I am the president of.”
Dunn said that KCOH can pay all of its bills and he claims Harris gave him the card to use.
Harris filed a criminal complaint with HPD, and police sources say officers with the financial crimes unit are investigating.
“He has ruined KCOH radio’s future,” Harris said.
Several activists came out to Friday’s rally to warn against any action that could jeopardize KCOH.
“We should all be concerned and demand answers from those who are currently in ownership,” said Kofi Taharka, with the National Black United Front. “We have a message for the advertisers: You should be concerned about what’s going on at KCOH radio station.”
The protestors tried to go into the station to talk to the owner, but were told he wouldn’t be available until Monday morning.