Bigoted Radio Host Attacks Joel Burns’ Message to Gay Teens

12 Nov

Joel Burns, attacked for message to bullied teens

As we discussed here a few weeks ago, Fort Worth City Council Member Joel Burns has been called a hero for making a brave and impassioned speech at a meeting last month.

Joel has since appeared on talk shows and news programs around the country, introducing his husband to the world and telling his story. He’s inspired thousands by sharing what happened to him and encouraging young people with his own personal “It Gets Better” message.

Today, the Dallas Voice shares with us the backlash that Joel is receiving in

Chris Krok made bigoted attacks against Joel Burns

the form of a hateful, bigoted radio host on KLIF. Chris Krok expounds about how Joel should not have told his story because it was about “me, me, me.” Using a fake lisp, Krok mocks Joel saying “Look at me! I Thuffered!” He goes on to argue that Joel doesn’t have a husband because it’s not legal in Texas. “You’re a man. You do not have a husband” he says.

Krok personifies the intolerance and ignorance that LGBT kids face on a daily basis. Please call and email KLIF and tell them that Chris Krok’s attack on LGBT people was harmful and ignorant and that Krok must answer for his public bigotry. We will be investigating this further and finding out the advertisers associated with this show and asking people to make calls to the show’s supporters as well. If anyone here listens to KLIF from 4-7pm and recognizes the numbers or names of any of the show’s advertisers, please reply here.

214-526-2400 Is the Main Office number of KLIF

or email the Operations Director, Jeff Catlin at  jeff.catlin@cumulus.com

Catlin said in an email to TAE reader, Bob Witeck:

It is corporate policy that we do not share internal disciplinary matters with the general public. I wouldn’t expect your boss to share with me when you get in trouble at work.

I would say I would challenge you or any other complainants to find another incident of Chris Krok addressing this topic or issue after the original airing. It didn’t happen.

Catlin fails to explain whether Krok was dealt with in any way, just notes that he only made the diatribe once and not a second time. He also fails to mention if he or the station believed what their on-air representative said about Joel and the LGBT community.

WARNING: This audio is rather upsetting.

Thanks TAE Reader Jason Kane for the heads-up!

16 Responses to “Bigoted Radio Host Attacks Joel Burns’ Message to Gay Teens”

  1. CS November 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    Closet case. Enough said.

    If he’s not one, he’s the gayest sounding conservative bigot radio personality I have ever heard.

  2. Amy Reger November 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    I think Chris Krok has serious mental issues/anger issues that he needs to work out. How disgusting.

    • Bri November 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

      How rude.

  3. Kevin Cozby November 12, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    The station is KLIF not KILF! Please correct this in the entire article. The proper station needs to be accused of this hatred!

    • Jamie McGonnigal November 12, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

      Hey there, Thanks for the heads-up. That was actually fixed about an hour ago.

  4. Francene November 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    I live in the DFW area. He is very angry all the time. He went on a campaign about a local mayor who killed herself and her daughter, and would not let it go. He came on the air almost every day talking about how she was a murderer and did not deserve sympathy from anyone. I am surprised he is still on the air.

  5. T0m Emmott November 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    Kick this bigoted buffoon of the air. Boycot his advertisers and he’ll be out of a job. There is no cause for this type of hatred on the airwaves or anywhere.

    Tom Emmott

    • Tony November 12, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

      I’m tired of hearing this idiot spew his hatred out over OUR airwaves. I’ve already diverted a few thousand bucks to his advertiser’s competitors. Here’s the list of DFW advertisers who have spots on KLIF from 4-7.

      99cent Only Store
      Advanced Auto Parts
      All Pro Foundation
      Allay Bank
      American Leak Detection
      ATT
      Autozone
      Avery A/C
      Boothe Eye Care
      CC Carpet
      Competitive Camera
      Dart.org/statefair
      Efficient Attic Systems
      Fort Worth Gun Show
      Geico
      Granbury Dental
      Greatcreditforlife.com
      John Eagle Honda
      Joseph A Bank
      Just Brakes
      Kleiman Evangelista Eye Center (lasersurgery.com)
      Martin Birnbach: mb@executiverecruiter.com
      McShan Floriist
      Meador Dodge
      NTAA (Toll Tag)
      One Hour Heating & A/C
      Regius Financial
      Reliant A/C
      Shamonique
      Showtime Exteriors
      Slickting Group
      Slim4Life http://www.slimdfw.com
      Statewide Remodeling
      Sweet Tomatoes
      Take 5 Birkenstock
      Target
      Texaslending.com
      Titan Fence
      Tom Thumb
      Toyota

  6. Terry Adcock November 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm #

    Here is a copy of the email I sent to Jeff Catlin:

    From: Terry Adcock
    To: Jeff Catlin
    Subject: Chris Krok’s Homophobic Attack on Fort Worth City Council Member Joel Burns
    Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 00:10:22 +0000

    Dear Mr. Catlin:

    The management of KLIF has been irresponsible and arrogant in its handling of Chris Krok’s bigoted, homophobic, bully-encouraging, cowardly attack on Fort Worth City Council Member Joel Burns.

    Your email response to Bob Witeck stating:

    It is corporate policy that we do not share internal disciplinary matters with the general public. I wouldn’t expect your boss to share with me when you get in trouble at work.

    I would say I would challenge you or any other complainants to find another incident of Chris Krok addressing this topic or issue after the original airing. It didn’t happen.

    …was not only inadequate, but insulting, and you are smart enough to know it.

    Nothing less than a public apology to Councilman Burns and an invitation to allow Burns to offer a rebuttal would have been adequate and you know it.

    Your response did not indicate that KLIF policy does not allow for such homophobic attacks on public figures. The management of KLIF needs to make this clear, or KLIF’s broadcasting license needs to be revoked.

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