OY VEY! Oregon Media Central has the lowdown on all the "new" talent that's now at KUFO here.
But OMC left out one great tidbit that I found here under the title "the worst radio has to offer."
Although it's a ten year-old story from Brad Kava at the San Jose Mercury News, it still gives us some insight into someone Portlanders are now supposed to listen to on KUFO.
Here's what Kava had to say at the time, Oct. 1, 1999, regarding his "#1 worst radio nominee": Ricker.
"NOMINEE 1: On the most holy day for Jews, Yom Kippur, KSJO-FM's (92.3) night guy, Ricker, made a joke about shooting Jews.
He was talking about the tourist season. His show, an example of what big corporations are doing to radio, is broadcast from Tampa, Fla. He pretends to be in California while doing his bits from 3,000 miles away (which is not unlike local TV deciding to broadcast Jacksonville Jaguars games, instead of the 49ers).
Some Tampa residents don't like tourists, even though they keep the economy humming. (I know; I lived there.) In his attempt at humor, Ricker suggested that, since tourist season is starting, "we should shoot them. What if they were rich? Jewish even?"
His words generated a complaint and got him suspended for three days by KSJO's program director, Jim Richards.
"He wasn't saying you should shoot Jews," says Richards. "But he did inappropriately step over the line by marrying those two thoughts in one break."
This DJ thinks?
Anyway, it got worse. On Monday, Ricker issued his "apology," which he said "isn't really an apology but I've got to keep my . . . job."
"Some races or religions are just depressing," he added. "They have no sense of humor." He went on to argue that if he'd called Roman Catholics or Muslims dumb, they wouldn't complain but the Muslims might shoot him.
They don't have to. This guy is well on the way to destroying himself."
And that was ten years ago. What will he do now?
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