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

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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.

KTVU reports that KMEL's program director confirmed Thursday night that Gomez had been let go, but did not elaborate. Gomez's page has already been taken down from the station's website.

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.

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.

-- @iPORT



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19 comments
bettywyren
bettywyren

This is actually a crime. Chuy who has been a positive influence and person for all kinds of people for years to be kicked to the curb is so  wrong. I know he will continue to reach out to his fans whatever and wherever he winds up next. Chuy you are so loved.

rickeym2
rickeym2

Chuey Gomez Is KMEL! Wtf

rickeym2
rickeym2

Sana blew someone real good to get that gig. She sucks literally!

Krista Ayala
Krista Ayala

sad but this just means he'll move on to bigger n better things. sana g aint shit tho. who did she screw to get that job? bleh

gnryushi
gnryushi

This is bad news. KMEL shot themselves in the foot.

bertdivietri
bertdivietri

In all honesty, 20 years is a long time to be doing anything. Maybe its time for a change. This guy will get something even better for sure. 20 years of anything on a resume means you are a shoe in for an even better job. Progression never hurt anyone.

Cynthia McGarvie
Cynthia McGarvie

They most likely did not want to give him the raise in pay that he deserves.

Christopher Michael
Christopher Michael

Not just "Bay Area Rap Fans," but fans of legacy and music and Bay Area culture.

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