So i just got finished listening to some of Chris Krok's broadcasts for KLIF radio in North Texas:
- Bigoted Radio Host Chris Krok Attacks Joel Burns and Trans Teen
- Bigoted Radio Host Chris Krok Attacks Trans High School Teen
After a bit of outcry, he later issued an "apology" in which he defended his right to have an opinion on what is said in Ft. Worth Council meetings. His apology did not extend to incendiary remarks he made about LGBT persons and his antagonistic attitude towards the LGBT community. (And personally, I think his comments were pretty disrespectful of Mr. Burns, his district and of Ft. Worth.)
It's pretty clear he's using queer-baiting as a professional ploy. He moved from Chicago to Madison to Minneapolis (the latter two being relatively liberal) to Atlanta to D/FW in search of a market where he could sell his agenda of discord. The guy is clearly pandering to angry right-wing listeners, trying to boost his ratings by being "shocking." His tired schtick is grating and relatively unpleasant, but I'm comforted to know his audience only supports a part-time AM radio listenership. Seriously, there are probably internet podcasts with larger audiences.
Still, his whole queer-baiting act is unworthy of KLIF radio, and the guy will get dropped once the old guard that still go for that kind of vitriol die off. LGBT folk come from all walks of life and have significant economic clout. Sure, maybe we have more organized political muscle in San Francisco and New York than we do in Dallas, but the bottom line is this joker is making coin by disrespecting me, my family and my friends. LGBT individuals have made significant gains in mainstream acceptance in the last couple of decades, but let's not kid ourselves about this, there are still people who have nothing better to do than get worked up over who's sleeping together.
I think this kind of message is on the way out; but we can accelerate its departure by contacting KLIF's advertisers and letting them know we do not appreciate their support of programming that is demeaning of us personally or advocates a political agenda that disenfranchises us. So... anyone who wants to start taking shifts listening to KLIF and noting the names of their advertisers is welcome to join me.
If you happen to find yourself listening to KLIF, tweet the name of the advertisers with the hashtag #klifads. Include contact info for the advertiser if you have it. Every couple of days come back to twitter, search for the hash tag and call the advertiser to remind them they do not want their product associated with Mr. Krok's message.
Also, you may want to contact Mr. Krok's supervisor at KLIF directly and let him know how disappointed you are with Mr. Krok's comments on-air. His name is Jeff Catin. He can be reached at +1 214 526 2400 and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to be respectful of Mr. Krok and Mr. Catlin. They may have opinions we disagree with, and they may be making money peddling a message of hate, but we have the moral high ground here. We'll lose if they can drag us down to their level.