John Wiley Price Defends Sale of KKDA, Compares Himself to Noah

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On New Years Day, listeners tuning their radio dial to 730 AM were treated not to the typical mix of old-school R&B and soul but a stream of unintelligible foreign syllables. Visiting the website informed them that KKDA, which had served southern Dallas for 42 years had, abruptly and unceremoniously, been sold and switched to a Korean-language format.

People weren't happy, and they apparently flooded the office of County Commissioner John Wiley Price with complaints. Price, after all, is not only the most powerful politician in southern Dallas but a former KKDA radio personality, hosting a show called Talk Back:Liberation Radio until it was taken off the air in 1998 with an abruptness that mirrors the Korean takeover. They wanted him to do something, maybe convince the station's previous owner, Hyman Childs, to rethink his decision to sell, maybe something more drastic. They wanted the old KKDA back.

Price responded with an open letter to the community, which was posted last night at Dallas South News. In short, his answer is, "No."

"While I will be the first to fight racism and inequality in its sundry facets," he writes, "the legal sale of KKDA by its owner is not a fight that I would be willing to raise."

Hyman Childs is a well-respected business owner, a pioneer of sorts and someone I call friend. For 42 years, this man who doesn't look like a brother has proven a special appreciation for brothers and sisters in this community. Childs has built one of the few remaining non-corporate and local radio businesses left in this nation, and he has allowed this community to vent, coalesce and grow together.

However, when Soul 73 gave way to Seoul 73 on January 1st, the same fans and fair weather friends that had been advocates for Childs and the station, turned on him. Admittedly, the news was a shock to the listening audience; but it shouldn't have. If you know me, you know that I have played the part of Noah as it pertains to the need for Kujichagulia or for self-determination if you missed Kwanzaa.

"Anyone who understands business, could not in good conscience complain about anyone who made an honest investment, kept it for more than four decades and then decided to sell it," he concludes. "That practice is legal, it's logical and it's long-lived."

Price goes on to compare himself to Noah, writing that he has spent 30 years as "a voice in the wilderness" urging the southern Dallas community to build an ark, which in this case Price seems to be using as a metaphor, not just for a radio station but for prosperity and political clout in general.

"The problem with our community is that we continue to want to reap crops from fields that we did not harvest," he writes. "We want the milk, but won't buy the cow. Just as in the day of Noah, that great day of reckoning has come."

"You may believe Noah to be crazy, drunk or both. But Noah predicted this rain would come, and if we as a people don't begin to think and act on our own behalf a greater flood is en route. In other words my constituents and my friends; It's time to build our own Ark!"



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27 comments
rusknative
rusknative

JWP would have demanded the animals give a money kickback to him to board his ark had he been Noah..and then denied it, and said they were racist to want to be provided with food...clearly a job for the Federal Govt to provide via animal food stamps.

fromtexasbygod
fromtexasbygod

Now that KKDA has sold maybe the criminal defense attorneys for JWP will get paid once their client gets his cut.

dougindfw
dougindfw

If only JWP would have kept reading past that first book and picked a role model that produced results for more people than just a few family members. Moses from Exodus > Noah from Genesis #jwpfail

UAreNextDarwinAward
UAreNextDarwinAward

I love it when JWP pisses off another pathetic right wing white guy.

It is the best, most beautiful time to be in Dallas...when the 'leaves of sanity and rationality' fall off the fat white crackers living in all those Dallas trailer parks.

rkisok1
rkisok1

It is  rare when "Their douche downtown"  gets it right...   anyone have a pool as to when he goes to prison?  I got November 2013...

FEDUP
FEDUP

Black community start a "business"? ......................................................


keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

Imagine if "the black community" could start and run businesses on their own(other than low level drug dealing and theft) instead of just bitching when everyone else with some real ambition does it instead?

ItsSoSad
ItsSoSad

When did JWP become a Republican?

You can't advocate for an "equity" stake in everybody's business, and then not care when they sell it!

Oh, wait.

JWP must have gotten his "equity" and collected his share of the profit when the station was sold.

Had to keep it quiet or else the FBI would be there to sieze the proceeds ($$$$) as ill-gotten gains & evidence.

I wonder who does his tax return? His equity in the station would get paid off, and he should get a 1099 for it.

JWP will go to jail not as a career criminal and corrupt politician, but  like Al Capone: a tax cheat.

WylieH
WylieH

Hyman Childs has written JWP a fair number of checks over the years; I would expect the process to continue.

bryanr01
bryanr01

But did JWP get his 15% from the sale of KKDA? 

mcdallas
mcdallas

JWP needs an ark to float out of IRS/FBI scrutiny.  Unfortunately, it looks more like he's built a Titanic than an ark.  Time will tell.

John1073
John1073

I think there were some legal businesses wanting to build a logistics park in Southern Dallas County. Ask Commissioner Price why he thwarted that legal business as opposed to this one.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

I can't help but think that if Hyman Childs offered half of the ownership of KKDA to John Wiley Price it would still have SOUL. 

But it doesn't matter. Price is headed to jail. Thank God.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

For once I agree with even part of what that con-man says.

A guy sold his private business because he wanted to. Deal with it. Can I bitch to the city because the hot girl next door got a job in another state and moved? 

PtMoore
PtMoore

Read between the lines. The owner is my F$$$$riend

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

hey Noah where can I find some Otis?

Daniel
Daniel

Despite the not-so-good writing and the naked self-aggrandizement (surprise surprise), Price is right on this one. What the hell did his "constituents and friends" want him to do -- wave a magic wand and restore 730 AM to its previous management? Give the Koreans the "friendly muscle" and send them packing? Under what authority?

This exchange really illustrates why Price has remained in power so long: The folks who vote him in are woefully ignorant of how the world works, and Price is not. He is "their man downtown" whom they blindly trust to be their advocate. He has carte blanche to be a corrupt bastard, often at their expense -- all he has to do is raise a ruckus here and there to appear as if he's fighting for the common man.

Hey, wait. That analysis applies to every politician in the United States.

MarkO
MarkO

They tried to build the Ark, but Price and his cronies keep demanding money to allow the Ark to be built along with most of the contracts to build the Ark. I got my white Christmas, I'm still waiting on the Federal indictments.

animas
animas

The black community would have to learn to eliminate "the middle men/women"  corrupt politicians who  exploit their constituencys  and  impede  progress (JWP/EBJ).

clevertrousers
clevertrousers

@keepcensoringDO not blatant. that's not blatant at all....

James080
James080

@John1073  

No wealthy white patron told him to oppose the radio station deal.

rusknative
rusknative

@Daniel THE KOREANS WILL MAKE A BUSINESS OUT OF IT, AND THEIR AUDIENCE ARE RATIONAL BUSINESS CITIZENS TOO....NOT SO WITH A BLACK SOUL STATION WITH BLACK FREELOADER LISTENERS.


ASIANS DOMINATE THE GHETTO BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY WORK HARDER AND ARE SMARTER THAN ANY OF THE BLACK FOLKS HANGING OUT IN GOVT HOUSING.

keepcensoringDO
keepcensoringDO

@animas One and the same. As long as they will vote for who they see as getting revenge against whitey then they get what they deserve. 

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