GLAAD: Chris Krok disciplined; station to apologize for anti-gay rant against Joel Burns

Chris Krok

The other day we brought attention to a homophic rant by Dallas radio host Chris Krok of KLIF 570 AM, who ridiculed Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns’ recent “It Gets Better” speech. According to a report from GLAAD on Monday, Krok has been disciplined for the rant, and the station is working toward an on-air apology:

On behalf of Joel and the many others whose life stories intersect with his, GLAAD made a phone call this afternoon to Jeff Catlin, the operations manager for Cumulus Media Dallas, KLIF’s parent company.  The conversation was a productive one; Catlin both understands and shares our concern.  As the person who oversees KLIF, Catlin acknowledged that he has the “responsibility to be responsible” for what airs on the station.

Without going into detail, Catlin said that he spoke with Krok and that he was disciplined shortly after the segment aired.  He also pointed out that Krok has not spoken about this since then.

After speaking with GLAAD, Catlin also realizes the need to issue some sort of on-air apology.  He wants Krok (who’s out of the office until tomorrow) to be “part of the solution.”  To that end GLAAD, Catlin and Krok will meet on Wednesday morning to discuss what such a solution will look like.  We’ll be certain to let you know in advance so you can be sure to tune-in.

—  John Wright

LGBT Mega Marchers to meet at Meyerson

2006 march
2006 Dallas immigration march

The Mega March is Saturday, May 1 in downtown Dallas.

The march supports immigration reform and had been planned long before Arizona passed its recent law, which is seen by most Hispanics as singling them out.

Jesse Garcia, president of Dallas’ LGBT chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, said those who’d like to march with the group should meet at the Meyerson Symphony Center at 12:30 p.m. The march begins at 1 p.m. and proceeds from the Guadalupe Cathedral on Ross Avenue to City Hall.

The march route will follow Pearl Street to Cesar Chavez Boulevard and then turn right on Young Street to City Hall. The march is expected to draw 100,000.

Right-wing KLIF talk show host Chris Krok is staging a counterprotest. That protest will meet at Akard and Young Streets and also starts at 1 p.m.

“We love you as a human being … but,” Krok said.

Where have we heard that before?

This week, five senators introduced comprehensive federal immigration reform legislation. The Uniting American Families Act is included. UAFA would allow same-sex partners of American citizens to remain in the country and gain citizenship just as heterosexual partners can.

To avoid massive traffic jams that are expected, take any DART rail line to the Pearl Street station.

—  David Taffet