Willis Johnson and KKDA Were Booted Off the Air Yesterday to Make Way for a Korean Radio Station

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The writing's been on the wall, one supposes, since KKDA-AM, a.k.a. Soul 73, abruptly laid off Bobby Patterson and most of the rest of its on-air staff, but the terse announcement posted to the station's website yesterday still comes as a shock:

"Soul 730 KKDA is no longer broadcasting on the radio," the statement reads. "The frequency has been sold to another company. We thank you for listening and for all of your support."

The post directs listeners to a phone number which instructs listeners to an anodyne recording repeating the news, plus the added tidbit that veteran morning host and political watcher Willis Johnson "is currently considering all of his options and has yet to make a decision regarding his future on the air."

So, after 42 years as a voice for southern Dallas, that's how it ends.

RadioInsight.com reported that the station's purchaser is SKR Partners SKR Partners. DFW Radio Archives puts the price at $1.9 million. And the new occupant of KKDA's spot on the radio dial is Dallas Korean Radio.

All of this has Dwaine Caraway rather pissed, as he told WFAA last night.

"This is stripping the voice," he said. "I have no problems with Koreans at all" -- undoubtedly, some of Caraway's best friends are Korean -- "but as it relates to African Americans, this man made millions and to say nothing to us at all?"

The individual he's referring to would be Soul 73 owner Hyman Childs, who completed the sale with nary a peep while holding onto his less esteemed but decidedly more profitable FM station, K104.

"To turn around and ignore us like we have not been fiercely loyal to him -- he's really disturbed our community, and we just may start boycotting K-104," Caraway told WFAA.


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Dr.Doom
Dr.Doom

Brilliant strategy. Keep the Koreans and Blacks hating each other. Keep them from seeing the real issues. Prevent a plural minority voting bloc. Willis knows how to play the game. Morgan and Rockefeller would be proud. 

doctormombasa
doctormombasa

Willis probably buys the time from KKDA to run his program. Since he has such a huge following, I am sure either the new Korean station or some other AM will pick him up. If nothing else, we may hear him on Internet.com radio.

Besides, Hyman may have an idea of what Willis' future may hold and radio ain't in it. Just saying.....

WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

If Dwaine is so upset, he can buy the station himself and broadcast whatever he wants.  Childs made a business decision and it was his decision to make - not Dwaine's.  There is no entitlement that a private business has to operate a certain way to satisfy an elected official. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Well Dwaine, apparently the community had not been loyal enough.  A radio station requires listeners in order to be able to sell advertising from sponsors who believe that advertising in that particular media outlet will result in sales of their goods or services.


Perhaps you should get after the advertisers, or the lack thereof, as to why the station was sold.


And besides, from where to you get this philosophy that something is "owed" to the African American community in Dallas?

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

I listened right up to the end. for the music, not the political stuff. but also enjoyed some of the music DJ's like Patterson and RL Griffin, they were the last vestige of old time radio around here. I've been boycotting K104 for some time now, because of that awful noise they broadcast.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Wait.  A Korean company bought the station and began broadcasting Korean stuff.  Makes sense to me.  If an African-American buys a station you think they'd broadcast Lapp Folk Music?

bifftannen
bifftannen

All Psy, all the time.

*yells at butt*

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

People other than angry old white people listen to AM radio stations?

FEDUP
FEDUP

Try some jungle drums.

cdmjustme
cdmjustme

@ChrisYu

first went the jazz channel now the grown folk channel...id rather listen to country music than all the junk 104 plays...

cdmjustme
cdmjustme

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz there is no problem with them buying it or broadcasting what they want..its that the Morning Show had a big loyal listening audience

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@CrackerDaddy there IS the Ticket, and a couple of great garden shows on the Weekends.  Though I'm a big fan of Ed Wallace on 570 on Sat mornings.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@FEDUP You certainly are Effed up.  African music is an astounding artistic accomplishment.  Try listening to Babatunde Olatunji once and you'll be hooked on African Drum Music.

Bookworm
Bookworm

Well, didn't take long for your racism to surface, did it?

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