DJ Chuy Gomez Says He Was Fired Because KMEL Is "Going in a Different Direction"

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Veteran KMEL DJ Jesus "Chuy" Gomez was let go by surprise last Thursday because, according to Gomez, the station's general manager decided KMEL no longer needed him. "'You're a great guy, we respect you, we love you, but we're going in a different direction,'" Gomez says he was told by the manager, in an interview with NBC Bay Area on Friday.

Gomez was a more than 20-year veteran of the local hip-hop station, and arguably its best-known personality. News of the firing sparked outrage in the Bay Area's hip-hop community, with rappers like E-40 protesting the move on Twitter and many fans saying Gomez was the only reason they listened to KMEL.

See also: KMEL DJ Chuy Gomez Loses Job After 20 Years, Bay Area Rap Fans Pissed

"It caught me by surprise," Gomez told NBC's Cheryl Hurd, explaining that he was called into a meeting-before-a-meeting Thursday in which the station's general manager immediately let him go. A program manager confirmed that Gomez was no longer with the station, but the Clear Channel-owned KMEL would not give either NBC Bay Area or KTVU any more details on the firing.

Many see it as a sign of the times in corporate radio, when behemoths like Clear Channel are firing local personalities and replacing them with cheaper, younger talent, or just syndicating national programs. Gomez was replaced on the KMEL morning show by DJ Sana G., who had been hosting the station's afternoon program for three years.

Gomez, 44, still has a music video TV show on the California Music Channel, and says he's currently fielding other offers. "I don't think radio is going anywhere," he told NBC. Of his own career, he said, "it's not over."

Watch the full interview:

NBC also reports that Gomez's friends, including KMEL DJ Big Von, and local DJs Apollo and Mr. E, are throwing a free party in his honor next Tuesday, Aug. 27 at Mighty.

-- @iPORT



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EssEffOh
EssEffOh

Clear Channel = the death of radio.  We can all thank Bill Clinton for working with Republicans in deregulating media ownership in the 90s, and starting this whole nightmare. Yes. That's how it happened.

jaiselmedina2010
jaiselmedina2010

theres was a occasion where me and chuy gomez where djaying at brews grill in downtown oakland and dj mind motion he once told me if you dj and you like it avientate and so did i let this be know hes honest and hard working in oakland california he is love more then any other place in the bay area and that includes the whole wide world lets make a support reputation for him he deserves it as much his family .lets show chuy gomez some love and wish for the best for his career...

jaiselmedina2010
jaiselmedina2010

the latino nation and i am talking about world wide will feel this as a disrespect to this man chuy gomez he gave this radio station 20 years of his life and we support him as a good man the general manager must be fired if he doesnt know we the hispanic latinos unidos can vote him out for not being unfair he can also be replaced i personally think he should be fired as well dont mess with a men with a retirement and hard work we should all request for that general manager to be fired ....dont you all agree... please feel free to do so and vote him out.

gennelfalls
gennelfalls

Wow I'm out here n Houston,Tx & heard abt Chuy Gomez. I'm frm the Bay,bt will no longer listen 2 KMEL YALL SUCK!! U cn never replace Chuy Chuy Chuy Gomez...

jatoine1
jatoine1

Does Clear Channel think that Sana G can carry a radio show for the next 20 years?? Or is she just a "place holder"? Cause aint no way she's gonna have a run anywhere near close to Chuy's. Ever.

noshame415
noshame415

NEVER LISTENING TO KMEL AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOEVER'S BRIGHT IDEA IT WAS TO LET CHUY GOMEZ GO OBVIOUSLY DID NOT KNOW WHAT KIND OF FOLLOWING HE HAD IN THE BAY AREA. SHAME ON YOU!!! YOU SHOULD BE THE ONE THAT'S BEING LET GO FOR BEING SO STUPID!!! IF YOU CANNOT SHOW RESPECT FOR SOMEONE THAT HAS INVESTED 20 YRS WITH YOUR COMPANY THEN YOU ARE A CALLOUS PERSON INDEED THAT DOES NOT DESERVE ANY RESPECT!! CHUY YOU ARE FOREVER THE BAYS #1 DJ AND YOU WILL BE FOLLOWED WHEREVER YOU GO, MUCH LOVE!!  

noshame415
noshame415

NEVER LISTENING TO KMEL AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOEVER'S BRIGHT IDEA IT WAS TO LET CHUY GOMEZ GO OBVIOUSLY DID NOT KNOW WHAT KIND OF FOLLOWING HE HAD IN THE BAY AREA. SHAME ON YOU!!! YOU SHOULD BE THE ONE THAT'S BEING LET GO FOR BEING SO STUPID!!! IF YOU CANNOT SHOW RESPECT FOR SOMEONE THAT HAS INVESTED 20 YRS WITH YOUR COMPANY THEN YOU ARE A CALLOUS PERSON INDEED THAT DOES NOT DESERVE ANY RESPECT!! CHUY YOU ARE FOREVER THE BAYS #1 DJ AND YOU WILL BE FOLLOWED WHEREVER YOU GO, MUCH LOVE!!  

Christopher Hayward
Christopher Hayward

This is not cool, he is one of my top favorite radio D.J.'s in the whole nation, I will even venture to say world. This is not cool, I hope he finds his way into something bigger, brighter and better paying. He is good enough to be a top D.J. for any number of the elite dance clubs in the world. I would advise him to work for one of the big casinos down in Las Vegas, NV . As I found out for myself, had a far better club scene, than the Bay Area. Screw KMEL if they are this short sighted to do this toward a true, proven D.J. legend. Who needs this lame Bay Area Radio station ? Chuy Gomez I love your excellent music mixing work and you will bounce back from this. A true fan of yours from way back in the days. Peace and better things ahead cool D.J. musical master mixer.

hanky893
hanky893

Maybe Chuy Gomez should look into applying for an on-air gig at Q102 in Philadelphia!!!! GREAT RADIO STATION You can listen to this radio station at http://www.q102.com  :) 

Chlorophil Djinn
Chlorophil Djinn

its all controlled bymoney they never play wahts real! all money driven, real hipsters know the talent is freshest and some of the best coming out of the bay!

Nate Payne
Nate Payne

the station wants to make their music for the hipsters

Chlorophil Djinn
Chlorophil Djinn

time to start ur own radio, kmel was bunk after biggie and pac died and when cmc started playing backstreet boys!!!!!!!! chuy should of realized years ago!!!!!!!

Stevie Baca
Stevie Baca

KMEL YOU SUCK!!!!! chuy keep ya head up!!! you can better find a better job anyways!!!!

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