Christian Satellite Network Chaos
We’ve been covering the legal and moral issues surrounding Mike Kestler and the former Calvary Satellite Network for over fifteen years.
Things had been quiet since his post scandals return and marriage to someone almost 40 years his junior…until now.
Sources now say that the former general manager has been fired and replaced with Shannon Scholten, a young, blond woman who was a veterinary business person with no experience in radio.
Observers note that she fits a pattern for Kestler of pursuing young, blond women…she resembles his wife, who resembled his ex wife, who resembled a woman he was accused of harassing in Costa Mesa.
She has also been named a vice president and allegedly given a place on the board of the sprawling radio empire.
One can only assume that though she has no experience in radio, that she has other skills and attributes Kestler appreciates.
More serious allegations being made are that no minutes of board meetings have been kept for the last ten years and fraudulent documents have been created to cover Kestler’s financial dealings.
Sources alleged that Kestler borrowed almost $200,000 from the non profit this spring to buy two homes in Hawaii when only he and his wife were on the board.
Since then, Pastor Isadoro Manzo has been named to the board…retroactively approving those loans according to the charges being made.
Fictitious board minutes were allegedly created by Kestler’s new GM to cover the transactions.
Unless these charges somehow make it to the IRS for full investigation, not much will come of this…but if they do there may be another CSN scandal for the archives.
We, as always, are monitoring the situation.