Friday, January 18, 2013

Jabulani Leffall's strange show behavior not caused by drugs or alcohol, source says

A friend speaks out, but Jabulani Leffall still hasn't commented on his KCUR sign-off.

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Leffall hasnt spoken publicly since his strange last show.
  • Leffall hasn't spoken publicly since his strange last show.

Jabulani Leffall abruptly quit as host of KCUR 89.3's Central Standard on Wednesday after an unfocused show in which he stumbled over words, made strange declarations about a "new world order." He ended the show a bit early and signed off with this:

"This is a new world order on Central Standard, and my last broadcast at KCUR 89.3 FM. I'm Jabulani Leffall, signing off in the words of Gil Scott Heron: The revolution will not be televised. The revolution is live."

He did not tell KCUR management before the show that he was going to quit. In the aftermath of his on-air resignation, Leffall has not made public comments. Late Friday afternoon, a close friend told The Pitch that Leffall's behavior on the air was not the result of substance abuse.

"I can confirm for you without a doubt that it's not drugs or alcohol," the friend said. The friend also said that Leffall will likely want to speak publicly about what happened when he is able to.

During his last show (listen here), Leffall interviewed Susan Crawford, author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. Leffall rambled and said odd things, and opened the show by saying, ""That's the type of world we live in right now. A new world where everything is live."

Leffall took over KCUR's 10-11 a.m. time slot from Kansas City radio legend Walt Bodine in October 2010.

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