Provoking listeners is a basic job requirement for many radio hosts, but KNZR’s Jaz McKay admits he went too far with a recent post on social media in which he wrote, in part, he was “getting ready to open a 30 round mag on you people.”
McKay said Wednesday he was simply “talking smack,” and was not threatening harm to anyone. But he acknowledged it was a mistake.
“That was stupid and beyond the pale,” he said.
Still, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said his office is conducting an investigation into the comments. The office suspended McKay’s permit to carry concealed weapons for the duration of the inquiry.
McKay said he didn’t commit a crime, but understands why the sheriff needs to look into it.
He denied writing another post in which a racial epithet was used. McKay said he became aware of that post six to eight months ago, and he believes it was photoshopped.
A handful of people attended a protest outside KNZR Tuesday morning to draw attention to his remarks. McKay said he was in a meeting at the time of the protest and doesn’t know the people involved.
He said he’s had detractors throughout his career, and this isn’t the first time someone has called for him to be removed from the airwaves.
“When you do a radio show like I do, you’re not going to please everybody and you’re going to have people who don’t like what you say,” he said.
John Black, the protest’s organizer, could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.
So while the self-proclaimed “God-fearing, gun-toting, flag-waving” McKay has to forgo the toting for a while, he said it’s not too much of a hassle.
McKay said he gained some weight recently and his gun was starting to cut into his right side. Once he drops a few pounds, and puts this incident behind him, he’ll be ready to carry more comfortably.