Sports Radio KJR Problems Of Diversity Unlike 710 ESPN/Seattle

“One Man’s Opinion” by Gordon Curvey

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Some of you may know I have been very outspoken about the word DIVERSITY. For years I have spoken out about the lack of diversity of sports radio KJR here in Seattle, Washington. Readers it is a huge problem in my opinion. And so I try to make my thoughts known.

KJR has been on the air for over 26 years. And sorry to say the ONLY African American who has had a regular program is Jerry Brewer. Who was on for awhile and left Seattle for a position back east in Washington D.C.

Now KJR is back to where it was before Brewer came on board. All white hosts on a regular basis day and night. In my opinion this is a huge problem that KJR management does not seem to care about.

Dick Fain, Dave Mahler, Ian Furness and Chuck and Puck. And at night on Fox Sports Radio all white hosts. Readers here is a question for you guys. When I walk in downtown Seattle are the people I see all white? How about this. Are the fields and courts of U.S. filled with all white players and coaches? The answer of course is NO!! So why is KJR hosts day and night all white?

Many many times the conversation turns to race and racism over the air. A topic the all white hosts on KJR just CANNOT relate to or understand unless the experience it like I have every day in America when I walk out my door in the early morning for my job as a Adult School Crossing Guard with the Seattle Public Schools.

NOTHING bothers me more than listening to a studio full of white folks trying to give their opinion on race/racism. This has happened time and time again for over 26 years on sports radio KJR here in Seattle.

A few months ago KJR host Chuck Powell gave his opinions on Micheal Bennett of the Seahawks and his protests in supporting QB and former guest on my tv show Colin Kaepernick and the anthem. I feel Powell stepped over the line in his blasting of Bennett and I was not feeling it at all. So Powell was doing a Mariners remote in downtown Seattle.

I decided to get my car keys and drive downtown to confront Powell face to face. I waited for a station break and walked into Jimmy’s on 1st here in Seattle and told Powell how I felt about his unfair and even racist comments regarding Bennett.

Of course Powell did not like my actions but that is OK. Sometimes a email or text is not enough to try to get your point across so I did what I had to do. Powell continues to criticize Bennett over the air so it is still a problem. Again this is why more diversity is needed on sports radio KJR. It is a old problem that is not getting any better. Having “The Barbershop” on once a week with Tru and Terry and having Tony Softli and NFL Hall Of Fame member Walter Jones on once in awhile ain’t enough.

There is another sports radio station here in Seattle in 710 ESPN. When they first started it had a all white regular on air staff like KJR so I calledĀ  program director at the time Mike Salk and general manager Dave Pridemore about the situation.

Unlike KJR’s GM Rich Moore, Salk and Pridemore communicated with me via social media or email and the phone. Moore has refused to return my calls or respond on social media. Might of fact, KJR hosts Ian Furness, Chuck Powell and Jason Puckett, Dave Mahler a person of color Slick Hawk have put FLAT OUT STUPID blocks on me via Facebook, Twitter and emails!! They want try to quiet this African American man down in yours truly.

Anyway, Salk left Seattle to return to WEEI in Boston where he originally came from. WEEI is one of best sports radio stations on radio by the way. But a on-air/pd position came open at 710 and Salk came back.

Of course I would like that on air position to be filled by a African American. But it was not. It is called “the good ole boy network'” in the media. If you are white and no someone you have a good chance on getting employment.

When Salk came back to Seattle he told me to be patient and would try to obtain a African American to be on the air on a regular basis. GM Pridemore said the same. And guess what readers? A African American was hired in Gee Scott.

Scott was a member of “The Barbershop” crew but somehow he broke off from Trufant and Terry and ended up on the air on 710 ESPN on a regular basis. Even though in my opinion Scott is “afraid” to discuss issues of racism/race as a black man on the air. Scott is NOT a broadcaster!! Dude was washing cars and doing a podcast.

I asked him why in a text why he was afraid to talk about race or racism on the air, Scott then sent me a text back ripping me and CALLING ME EVERY DEROGATORY name in the dictionary and this is no lie!! Truly truly sad. And like I said he put a block on me.

SCOTT WOULD NOT HAVE A JOB GETTING A REGULAR PAY CEHCK ON 710 IF IT WAS NOT FOR ME!!!! REAL TALK!! He would be washing cars like he was doing and still be a member of the “The Barbershop”. Pridemore told me he was sorry on the behalf or 710 over Scott’s actions towards me. But that did not make me feel better regarding the terrible names Scott called me. He has never said he was sorry to me.

So readers KJR had a opportunity to hire a African American BUT Brewer left to go back east in D.C. for a job, Moore decided to pair Chuck Powell and Jason PuckettĀ  up for the “Chuck and Puck” show. Which by the way might be the worst name of a program in radio history!

GM Rich Moore it seems is satisfied for now to have sports radio KJR with a all white day and night regular on air staff. room/locker room at Seahawks games and cover training camp and also attend batting practice at Safeco Field to interview African American MLB players. By the way Powell obtained his job at KJR in my strong opinion though the “good ole boy network” I mentioned earlier!!

My goals of “Sports Inner City” is covering African Americans/people of color with mainly positive information from on and off the courts and fields. And I started “Sports Inner City/Off The Court” covering a topic sports radio period in Seattle refuses to discuss and that is the NBA and also what NBA players are doing off the court. NBA is not discussed because KJR and 710 has said since the Sonics are no longer in town (god willing they will return before I get to old) they will not talk about the NBA. BUT I WILL READERS!!