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Friday, August 16, 2013

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

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 9:08 AM

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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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