A popular local radio personality has been charged with a misdemeanor in connection with an alleged assault that occurred in November. The man, Kevin Slaten from KFNS AM-590 Sports Radio, allegedly threatened a colleague while spitting on him and shouting obscenities. The incident reportedly occurred after the man was notified that his sports show would no longer be broadcast. The man was an independent contractor for the radio station.

The man will face a courtroom hearing in January in connection with the incident.

Slaten reportedly threatened one of the technical directors at the station before spitting on him. Officers were called to the scene to assess the situation on Nov. 12, where they came upon a so-called flare of tempers that resulted in the altercation.

The 58-year-old radio host turned himself in to police headquarters several days after the event. If convicted on the misdemeanor counts, the man could face a prison term of one year and a $1,000 fine. He may also be required to attend anger management classes as a condition of his punishment if convicted.

Slaten has a significant history of anger-related altercations with a variety of citizens. As early as 1981, the man was accused of taking a swing at a player from an opposing soccer team that entered the announcer's booth. He has also had run-ins with police officers. Once, after an accident in the parking lot of the Blues hockey rink, he forced a car door open and struck the other driver, also hitting a woman when she attempted to intervene. Most recently, he was accused of striking a patron at a bar that was hosting a live radio broadcast, though charges were never filed.

The man's long rap sheet may have some bearing on the outcome of this most recent case. He should consider pleading guilty to receive a reduced prison sentence in connection with the case, as a significant amount of evidence is stacked against him with relation to these misdemeanor charges.

Source: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "STL sports radioman Slaten charged with assault," Joe Holleman, Nov. 29, 2012.