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Radio Jock Attacks Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns

ChrisYou'd be hard-pressed to find anyone not touched by Joel Burns' anti-bullying speech during a Fort Worth City Council meeting last month. But at least one person wasn't: KLIF radio jock Chris Krok. His reaction was the exact opposite, actually.

The day after Burns' plea to bullied LGBT youth, Krok took to the airwaves to bash him mocking the gay city councilman with a lisp, calling him selfish and playing down gay teen suicide by outrageously claiming that not one gay kid in Forth Worth has committed suicide. The DJ is also upset with the fact that Burns referred to his partner as husband and asks Burns to "stop lying" about being married.

Krok is exactly the kind of the bully that Burns is trying to protect LGBT youth from. Listen to the rant, AFTER THE JUMP.

The station's contact information is below:

Talk Radio 570 KLIF

3500 Maple Avenue 16th Floor

Dallas, TX 75219


Program Director: paul@klif.com

Chris Krok Show: chris.Afternoons@cumulus.com

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  1. There are still DJ'S?

    Posted by: mnrocko | Nov 14, 2010 3:40:52 PM

  2. Walter is totally right about ignoring the station and going after the advertisers. Point out to them that THIS is what their advertising dollars are underwriting. If you can get your hands on an audio clip of the diatribe, send it to the advertisers. If you want to bounce this clown from the airwaves, then that is how you do it. Frontal assaults on Cumulus stations NEVER work unless you are of the Islamic faith (just ask Michael Graham in Boston--he got shit canned from the 630AM in DC for Muslim-bashing).

    Posted by: J | Nov 14, 2010 3:51:16 PM

  3. This bohunk called Islam a religion that worships a "false god, a moon god" with a straight [as he were] face. While ranting about gays, he supposes his god is the right one, despite that god's obvious commitment to hiring not only gay, but hebephile priests. Oh, and the carpetbagger from Chicago tells us that he's the salt of the earth, since his parents were a cop/nurse duo. Plus, he graduated summa cum laude...from Western Illinois University, that is. What a Krok of shit.

    Posted by: Kyle | Nov 14, 2010 4:55:33 PM

  4. Anti-gay rants from guys wearing Polo Jeans t-shirts...

    Posted by: BobN | Nov 14, 2010 5:09:15 PM

  5. KYLE: "Bohunk" is a derogatory term for someone of central European ethnicity, and people from the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic in particular. So what, exactly, did you mean by using that term?

    Also, KLIF's Saturday morning "car talk" show has a lisping flamboyant announcer character that's been on the show for 15+ years. Just sayin'.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Nov 14, 2010 5:40:01 PM

  6. Here's a fun way to react to this station. Just call the 800 number. A lot. Maybe tie it up all day tomorrow. Toll Free: 1-800-583-1570. I just tried it from out of the area and it worked. SO just call. Maybe ask a few questions. Maybe just tie up the lines.

    Or for even more fun, call the sales manager a lot. Just to tie up his line and his time. A lot. 214-520-4379

    By the way, Lewis Dickey owns the company. lewis.dickey@cumulus.com.

    Posted by: joe cooper | Nov 14, 2010 6:59:33 PM

  7. It is radio shows like yours, which bring relevance to life; your morality, your opinion; your inspiration. I worship you, your humanity, your commitment to traditional society more importantly, your choice to come out as gay. After all, that haircut screams gay, your choice of words make you a flaming homo, and best yet, your douche-bag analysis is only going to piss off advertisers...who are gay. Yeah, moron, guess who pays your bills; advertising. Might reconsider your viewpoint, considering your money comes from homosexuals. Yeah, gays are in advertising, go figure. Oh, and by the way, you're really cute. But thankfully people like you never last more than a few years on the radio. Yeah, radio...soooo 1950. Douche.

    All my love,

    Posted by: Tim Lacy | Nov 14, 2010 8:00:57 PM

  8. Good for the jock for speaking his mind. It is getting old that the gay people from the gay community only thinks about themselves and no one else. Its all me, me, me, and screw everyone else. The gay community are a bunch of crybabies and that is a fact.

    Posted by: Steve | Nov 14, 2010 8:05:37 PM

  9. @Nastya Pussy-House. Wow, I had no idea that Chris Krok therefore shares his Czech ethnicity with all those gay porn stars in Bel Ami. Thanks for that!

    Posted by: Kyle | Nov 14, 2010 9:17:54 PM

  10. It's funny that this shit-stain complains about someone who's speaking about their life experience as "making it all about them" when his radio is just THAT!

    Posted by: MoJo | Nov 14, 2010 9:24:02 PM

  11. Krok was in Atlanta for a short period time and did nothing but talk about his wife and kid. Such a loser.

    Posted by: dpbfeb | Nov 14, 2010 9:39:33 PM

  12. KYLE: Krok is a common European surname. Do you have reason to believe he's Czech? Let's look it up on the interwebs at http://www.ancestry.com/facts/krok-family-history.ashx

    1. Polish: nickname for someone with an unusual walk, from Polish krok ‘gait’, ‘step’.
    2. German and Dutch: variant spelling of Krock.
    3. Perhaps also a Swedish soldier’s name from krok ‘crook’, ‘bend’.

    I'm just glad Chris Krok isn't of recent African extraction or we'd have to endure an N-bomb attack from you, because we all know that one member of a cohort represents all others (meaning all Kyles are dicks) and therefore hate speech against the entire group is acceptable.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Nov 14, 2010 11:00:40 PM

  13. I sent an email to the program director as well as this dickwad. I'm sure it will not do much good (people like this generally thrive on conflict) but it made me feel better...I think we should all collectively stand up for our community and let assholes like this guy know his hateful bigotry will not go unchallenged.

    If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes and send an email.

    Posted by: Johnn | Nov 15, 2010 12:25:53 AM

  14. Here's my email:
    To whom it may concern,

    I want to be clear, I am not a regular listening of the Chris Krok show or 570 KLIF, but I came across an audio clip of the show in which Krok gave his response to the Fort Worth City Council member Joel Burns' speech to bullied LGBT teens, and I was appalled at the completely offensive comments Krok made. His type of remarks are the precise reason why Burns' speech was so important. Burns was doing a very heroic thing by reaching out to kids whose lives are on the line, who feel they have no other option than suicide, and to give Krok a public platform for bullying him and those who he has reached out to is totally counterproductive and completely unacceptable. You may not realize it, but Krok's comments can create serious damage not only to teenagers across the country, but also those closest to you such as your own children, nieces or nephews, or your friends' children. By allowing him to voice his opinions on this subject across the airwaves demonstrates that it is okay to try and intimidate others, and this is exactly the kind of thing that we, as adults, should be trying to prevent. I urge you to consider a suspension or termination of Chris Krok's employment due to his inappropriate commentary. I also want to inform you that I will be contacting your advertisers to communicate my displeasure of their financial support to this distasteful show. I beg you to make a public apology for these hurtful words and to create better programming in the future.

    Posted by: Matthew | Nov 15, 2010 1:04:17 AM

  15. here's mine:
    i haven't heard your show, but will now listen. each advertiser on your show will receive a letter admonishing their support of hateful bigotry.

    Posted by: andnowwhat | Nov 15, 2010 4:13:45 AM

  16. This guy Krok is a lunatic. Check out the U-tube video of him arguing with a family that just lost their 3 year old son (Wyatt) in a car crash in 2005. The parent's names are Angela and John. The Dad goes after Krok for being a jerk and then Krok loses his temper and starts screaming that the Dad "will not bully" Krok. He then accuses the Dad of being under Satan's spell.
    Krok is a religious nut case, good luck arguing with him about gay people. More likely he needs some serious therapy.

    PS: Please post the advertiser contact information when discovered so we can all do our part to hurt this station in the pocketbook--where it truly counts.

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Too | Nov 15, 2010 6:22:00 AM

  17. He's a KROK! What do you expect... and he stinks OUT LOUD! KROC Rhymes with...Cock, except he's a PRICK. However, he reminds me of Anita Bryant. It's actually good that he OUT THERE, however we don't need to make him a martyr... In time, he'll change if he loses his sponsors or gets fired... WHAT WE NEED IS A PUBLIC APOLOGY, and I honestly believe he will be forced to make one if we just keep enough pressure on him, and his station, and to mount a boycott of his sponsors. No need to win the battle, and lose the war.

    Posted by: jerry pritikin | Nov 15, 2010 8:00:04 AM

  18. I agree with Justin.. He looks like a guy I'd meet in a bar.. hehe. Mayhaps, he caught the gay, hmmm?

    Posted by: Darren | Nov 15, 2010 8:34:25 AM

  19. Here is the list of the Board of Directors, they are based in Atlanta.

    Board of Directors
    Lewis W. Dickey, Jr.
    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
    Cumulus Media Inc.

    Robert H. Sheridan, III
    Senior Vice President and Managing Director
    Banc of America Capital Investors

    Ralph B. Everett
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

    Eric P. Robison

    Posted by: STEVE M | Nov 15, 2010 12:39:30 PM

  20. Krok is CRACK.

    Posted by: VcG | Nov 15, 2010 2:34:07 PM

  21. I recorded and posted the audio of Chris Krok's rant against Joel Burns. I also contacted GLAAD, who within hours, contacted KLIF's Operations Manager and Supervisor of Chris. Justin Ward of GLAAD made the phone call to Jeff Catlin of KLIF and the content of that phone conversation can be read on the GLAAD website. Here is the email I sent to Jeff Calin after receiving an update from Justin Ward:

    TO: Jeff.catlin@cumulus.com

    Received an email from Justin Ward with GLAAD and a link to GLAAD's website which contained an article regarding his conversation with you today. Thank you for taking responsibility for the insidious remarks that Krok made regarding Joel Burns. As I read, you and Krok are meeting Wednesday to discuss an on air apology. That's a step in the right direction. Better yet, short of firing Krok, have Krok apologize to the person he attached, Joel Burns, on his radio show. What a ratings winner that would be. It's time for Krok to man-up and do the right thing.

    Krok has a history of this type of anti-gay attacks (Macon, GA). His over-the-line, boundless show has gotten old. I've moved on to listen to John David Wells on 660 during my drive home in the evenings. However, if you would share the date/time when Krok apologizes on air, I'll tune into 570.


    Posted by: Jeff | Nov 16, 2010 7:17:38 AM

  22. Operations Manager and Supervisor of Chris Krok is Jeff Catlin: Jeff.catlin@cumulus.com

    GLAAD was contacted and in an email response from Justin Ward of GLADD, a phone conversation took place yesterday between Justin and Jeff Catlin. Details are on the GLAAD website.

    Posted by: Jeff | Nov 16, 2010 7:40:21 AM

  23. As a radio insider, I can tell you that writing the station means nothing. The managers change in stations often. Want to hit them where it hurts? Write to the FCC, and CC LEW DICKEY, the CEO of CUMULUS MEDIA. Radio stations are licensed to operate in the public interest. And "Free Speech" issues aside, few station owners, who are concerned with stockholder satisfaction, want an FCC investigation of speech that is inflammatory. A few advertisers pull out? They'll just go sell more who support the guy. Look at Rush Limbaugh - one of the most successful talk radio personalities. But - the risk of a license being pulled? That's serious shit. FCC, folks. Your tax dollars at work - they fund radio licenses for stations to "operate in the public interest". Lew Dickey. Google him. Paper him. Copy him on letters to the FCC. Wanna put the hurt on? Forget the station. Go to the top. Here's the Forbest profile. http://people.forbes.com/profile/lewis-w-dickey/24608

    Posted by: steve | Nov 17, 2010 10:20:48 AM

  24. More emails for the people in charge of the radio station and radio show-- Chris.Afternoons@cumulus.com, scott.jones@cumulus.com, richard.frish@cumulus.com

    I told them what I thought about their endorsement of hate speech on the air.

    Posted by: Tanya | Nov 17, 2010 1:12:08 PM

  25. Do any of you have a list of the advertisers? I'd love to get that together so we can all be sure we're hitting them together.

    Posted by: Tanya | Nov 17, 2010 1:17:17 PM

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