KMEL DJ Chuy Gomez Loses Job After 20 Years, Bay Area Rap Fans Pissed
After more than 20 years at influential local rap and R&B station KMEL, DJ and morning show host Jesus "Chuy" Gomez was fired yesterday -- and local fans are furious.
Gomez, who won an SF Weekly Best Of award in 2008, was an important voice local music. His support could elevate Bay Area rappers to a new level notoriety -- and conversely, a lack of it could plague an artist's credibility. As news of his firing spread Thursday, fans and important local artists reacted furiously on Twitter.
Getting word KMEL let long term DJ Chuy go.. After 20 years??? That's very wack.. He's one of the best— Davey D (@mrdaveyd) August 15, 2013
I never thought I'd see the day when KMEL and @ChuyGomez part ways. That's like McDonald's saying we don't sell Big Mac's anymore— B Arnold (@El_Palillo) August 16, 2013
Gomez himself seemed to share in the surprise of the decision:
Gomez will reportedly be replaced at KMEL with DJ Sana G., who has been hosting the station's afternoon shows for three years. DJ Big Von will then move from evenings to afternoons. The reasons for Gomez's sudden dismissal are still unclear.