Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 24, 2013

Former Christian radio station program director arrested second time in a 12 month span for drugs

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

BULLARD — The former program director of a Jack-sonville Christian radio station was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance – her second drug arrest in the space of a year.

During the recent arrest, Eddie Rae Baiseri, 51, of Bullard was caught with more than 4 grams and less than 200 grams of an unspecified controlled substance, reports show.

Baiseri lost her job at the radio station after a July 2012 arrest stemming from a Eustace Police Department traffic stop.

Authorities alleged they caught her  with between four ounces and five pounds of marijuana, and between one and four grams of an unspecified controlled substance.

A Henderson County grand jury later declined to indict Baiseri on the Eustace charges.

The most recent arrest took place Wednesday. Baiseri was taken into Smith County Jail just after midnight and re-leased on $5,000 bail around 3 p.m., jail records show.

Up until the July 2012 arrest, Baiseri worked at KBJS 90.3 radio station for 14 years, where she served as program director and radio host.

In a previous interview, Bob Shivery, president of East Texas Media Association Inc. –  the license holder of KBJS 90.3 – said Baiseri's last day with the station was Aug. 14, 2012.

Shivery said at the time it was the company's decision to let  Baiseri go. But he declined to comment if the decision resulted from her arrest.

“We love Eddie and will always appreciate her contributions to the KBJS family through the years and ask all of our loyal listeners to pray for God's hand and blessing to be upon her life both now and in the future,” Shivery said in 2012.

After the 2012 arrest, Baiseri posted an official statement on her Face-book page thanking “so many of you who have expressed support at this very difficult time.”

But on Thursday there was nothing on her FB page addressing this most recent arrest.

A previous cell phone number a reporter had for Baiseri had been disconnected as of Thursday.