Wednesday, December 3, 2003
DWI, Violence Charges Keep Radio Host Off Air
By Leslie Linthicum
Journal Staff Writer
Harlan McKosato, familiar to thousands of listeners as the voice of the Native America Calling radio show, has been off the air for two weeks while he deals with legal problems.
McKosato, who hosts the show from a studio at KUNM in Albuquerque, was arrested for aggravated DWI on Nov. 15, only a few hours after he had appeared in Metropolitan Court on domestic violence charges.
McKosato, his wife and three other relatives had appeared on the game show "Family Feud" several weeks before the domestic violence call.
He was placed on leave Nov. 17 by Koahnic Broadcasting Corporation, the Anchorage-based company that produces Native America Calling. Native America Calling airs weekdays on more than 60 radio stations in the United States and Canada.
McKosato apologized to listeners when he returned to the air on Monday and said he is getting treatment for alcoholism.
In an interview, McKosato said his drinking had been progressing for several years and that he should have sought treatment for alcoholism sooner.
"I don't have any excuses," he said. "I should have asked for help a long time ago. I'm going to try to use this as a learning experience. Try to become a better person. Try to become a better father."
McKosato was arrested on two counts of battery on a family member Nov. 2 after his 12-year-old son called 911 during an argument between McKosato and his wife, Brenda Wahnee McKosato.
A police report said McKosato had thrown his wife and son to the ground during the incident.
McKosato appeared before Metro Judge Frank Gentry Nov. 14, and at 2:30 a.m. Nov. 15 he was charged with driving while intoxicated after being stopped at a sobriety checkpoint on Montgomery Boulevard.
McKosato's blood alcohol content was 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
McKosato is participating in court-ordered domestic violence and alcohol counseling.