KAOS and Kompany...they gotta go, yo!

UPDATE: 08-14-05 --
The transcript
CALLER: “A lot of white police officers – I’m not saying all of them – they respond to blacks in a negative way because of fear…And I’ll tell you what brings on fear: ignorance.”

KAOS: I agree with him

SYLLI ASZ: Out of fear. They’re trying to protect themselves because they don’t know…

KAOS: …What they’re dealing with.

SYLLI ASZ: They don’t know how to react to a black person being loud, or being aggressive or whatever.

KAOS: We loud people. We loud people. A black person can’t whisper, man. You ever tell a secret to a black person?

SYLLI ASZ: Ain’t no such thing. Ain’t no such thing, boy.

KAOS: They don’t know how to whisper. (in a whisper) This is whispering. (normal voice) When your voice is still coming through.

SYLLI ASZ: You’ve got to put a little bass in it.

KAOS: (laughing) Man, I am telling you.

SYLLI ASZ: (unintelligible example of whispering)

KAOS: Yeah, you know what I’m saying, we know you was just talking, then you turn away and look like they weren’t really looking.

SYLLI ASZ: (unintelligible)

KAOS: This is how we are, as a people. You know what I’m saying? But I will say in the defense of police officers – and this is not a black/white thing, I want to say that, make sure you understand that. It is not a black or white thing. Because there are some black officers out here just like the white cats, just like some of the white guys out here. They’ll be on you, just because.

SYLLI ASZ: Right.

KAOS: You know what I’m saying? I will say this. (pause) Eighty percent I would say of police officers out here are punks.

SYLLI ASZ: Punks?

KAOS: Meaning without the badge and the gun, they are nothing.

SYLLI ASZ: Oh yeah, I agree.

KAOS: You know what I’m saying? And this is how you test it. I’ve known several officers to tell me that cats mouth off and they’re all tough and they’re gangster-gangster when they take them to the station.

SYLLI ASZ: Right.

KAOS: “Take of that gun. Take off that bulletproof vest. What’s up? What’s up?” And you will get those who will take their gun and their badge off. Those are the ones who aren’t no punks. Because they’ll go head up with you.

SYLLI ASZ: Well, let’s go then.

KAOS: Some of the cats, you know what I’m saying?

SYLLI ASZ: Well, let’s go then.

KAOS: They’ll actually put their gun and their badge, all of that stuff, make sure all of their stuff is secure so you ain’t got no weapons. And they’ll go head up with you. Then they’ll pull your hole card.

SYLLI ASZ: “Hold this for me, dawg. What’s all that stuff you talking about? If you can whoop me right now, I’ll let you go.”

KAOS: There’s some police officers out here that will get down like that. Let me ask you a question, Sylli Asz. Let’s say you’re a gangster-gangster. You’re tough.

SYLLI ASZ: Uh-uh.

KAOS: You get a police officer saying, “I will whoop you.” If you whoop this dude, one-on-one, and he releases the handcuffs, what’s the first thing you’re going for? If he don’t take his gun off, but he’ll go head-up with you? What’s the first thing I’m going for?

SYLLI ASZ: What’s the first thing I’m going for? If he doesn’t take this gun off?

KAOS: Exactly.

SYLLI ASZ: Uh, I’m going to go for his walkie-talkie.

KAOS: OK. Give me some of that, give me some dap, you’re a smart man. You take his backup.

SYLLI ASZ: (laughing)

KAOS: Because that’s the first thing he’s going to do is call for backup. You’re a smart man if you take the walkie-talkie. Most people are going to go for the gun. No dawg. Because you don’t want the hound, boy. Because when he calls the cavalry, the cavalry will come and you will not win.

SYLLI ASZ: So I’m going to take it before he can call his boys, you know what I’m saying?

KAOS: You’re a smart man. I can’t believe you actually said that, you actually have some smarts about you.

SYLLI ASZ: I ain’t no stupid dude. (laughing)

KAOS: You go for the backup. Hey look, I will say this, to the cops out there – and the cops know who they are, man, the ones who ain't no punks, you know what I’m saying? – keep doing what you do. Because they are the ones who hold it down in the streets for real. Without their gun, with that mace, what do you got?

SYLLI ASZ: A uniform

KAOS: You got a uniform. And when you go out there to protect and serve, dawg, if you didn’t have a gun, what could you do? Whistle? First of all, you’ve got to be aware of those cats that’s able to fight.

SYLLI ASZ: Right.

KAOS: The worst police to join the force is the cat who used to be a former bouncer or boxer.

SYLLI ASZ: You don’t want to see them.

((…later Kaos brings up Kevin Johnson, the 19 year old who killed Sgt. McEntee a week earlier))

KAOS: We’re not saying he was right or wrong, you know what I’m saying. He was wrong, you know what I’m saying, for what he did, but we don’t know what type of mind frame he was in.

SYLLI ASZ: We don’t know.

KAOS: No one knows what kind of mind frame the dude was in.

SYLLI ASZ: Right.

KAOS: The news only shows you one side of the story. But we had dozens of people who called in yesterday.

SYLLI ASZ: The people of Meacham Park.

KAOS: And of Kirkwood. They were saying this officer, as well as other officers out there, were always harassing people.

SYLLI ASZ: It’s like they had it coming, that’s what they were saying. KAOS: That is what (voice emphasized) they were saying.

SYLLI ASZ: Like, “They’ve been doing this. They brought it on themselves, or something like this, the harassment they’re doing out there.” And if a police officer don’t listen to these people, then they’ve got to see that the kind of stuff you all are doing out here might bring this kind of action to you, you know what I’m saying?

KAOS: That’s kind of bad.

SYLLI ASZ: When you harass people for no reason.

KAOS: What is harassment?

SYLLI ASZ: Bothering me. I ain’t doing nothing, you know what I’m saying. You pulled me over for nothing, for driving just like the person next to me driving the same speed. Nobody breaking the speed limit.

KAOS: Plus my car is a little older than his, though. My door ain’t matching the rest of the color of my car.

SYLLI ASZ: Just because my door is red and the rest of my car is white.

KAOS: I was in a car accident and I don’t got money and it was my fault, and insurance wasn’t going to cover it.

SYLLI ASZ: I just fixed a little dent.

KAOS: I just had liability.

SYLLI ASZ: Right. What’s wrong with that? That ain’t against the law.

KAOS: It’s not, but still, damn.

SYLLI ASZ: It might bring attention, but you know.

KAOS: So we brought that up yesterday. We talked about that yesterday. We saw a whole different twist on it – the news showing the good side of it, what the dude did. And people from the streets. They didn’t show, uh, Kevin Johnson’s associates. You know what I’m saying? (impersonating a TV reporter) We went in, we spoke with Jerron Patterson (made up name) about what went on with Kevin Johnson. And here he was, Dick Ford.

SYLLI ASZ: (As “Jerron Patterson”) You know what I’m saying, Kevin was a cool dude. I don’t even know what got into him. But police been out here, they’ve been doing this.

KAOS: (jumps in with TV newscaster voice) “Officer’s also said.” That’s how they cut you off. That’s how they cut you off. They didn’t even show that side of it. It just shows, “Cop killer da da da da da.”

SYLLI ASZ: Right.

((They discuss more before ending with Kaos))

KAOS: We heard the streets speak yesterday. The news ain’t going to show the streets. They’re going to show you what they want you to see.

((Later a woman calls and responds to the worst police department contest and the Meacham Park shooting discussion with the comment, “These cops got what they #$%$# they deserved.”))

KAOS: But no one deserves to die, baby, for real.

CALLER: You’re right. His little brother didn’t deserve to die, either.

KAOS: We had two deaths, two losses. And that’s the whole thing. A lot of people are trying to make it a racial thing. But you’ve got really look at it for what it’s worth. I don’t think nobody deserves to die. The officer may have done what he did, who knows what happened. But no one deserves to die, though.

((discussion continues))

KAOS: Our condolences go out to the family.

SYLLI ASZ: Both families.

KAOS: Both families. You know what I’m saying? Kevin Johnson’s and the officer who was killed in the line of duty. That’s crazy, dawg. That’s crazy. That comment was crazy. These views, again, are not necessarily the views of the Janky Boys.

SYLLI ASZ: Or Clear Channel or 100.3 The Beat.

KAOS: This is what the people say. This is not what I think. Not my view.

SYLLI ASZ: Not my view.

KAOS: It’s their opinion. I don’t what nobody saying, “They’re being racist. They’re being racist.” This whole thing has stirred up something crazy.

((At the end of the show, the DJs announced the winners of the worst police department contest: Jennings, St. Louis County, and St. Louis City 3rd Dist. They said that being on the list is a good thing))

SYLLI ASZ: It really means you’re doing your job.

KAOS: It means you’ve got respect. If people call in to complain….If you’re one of the people that people hate on, you’re doing you job. Negative publicity is positive publicity.

UPDATE: 08-12-05 --
Fired DJs didn't incite violence, lawyer says
By Todd C. Frankel
08/12/2005

What did DJ Kaos and DJ Sylli Asz really say?

The question has lingered, unanswered, for weeks, even as the two radio program hosts for the St. Louis AM station KATZ - known as 100.3 The Beat - were criticized, suspended and finally fired this month for a series of on-air comments about fighting police officers.

While the incident kick-started a widespread and at-times heated controversy, relatively few people heard the original July 13 broadcast of the "Kaos in the Morning" show.

On Friday, the Post-Dispatch listened to the entire broadcast - it was believed to be the first time that a member of the press listened to the entire show after it aired, not just excerpts.

Most of the criticism focused on an eight-minute segment, in which the deejays talked about a make-believe situation involving a confrontation between a police officer and a civilian.

Kaos asks his partner what would be the first thing he'd grab from the police officer. His radio, Sylli Asz answers. "OK. Give me some of that, give me some dap, you're a smart man. You take his backup," Kaos says.

But later in that same segment, Kaos seems to offer support to police. He asks that many officers, those who are not "punks," to "keep doing what you do. Because they are the ones who hold it down in the streets for real."

The copy was provided by DJ Kaos' attorney, Scott Sherman. He declined to say where he obtained his copy. Ads and music were cut out, reducing the five-hour morning show to about two hours, 25 minutes of the deejays talking. Radio officials said the recording format and time fit normal parameters for a morning radio show. The Post-Dispatch transcribed the recording by hand.

Until this copy surfaced, the broadcast, like most radio shows, had seemed to disappear into the ether. The station's corporate owner, Clear Channel, consistently refused to provide copies. Local clipping services did not have tape of that particular show.

Sherman said he believed the recording shows the deejays were discussing "a hypothetical, comedic situation." They did not deserve to be fired, he said.

"It's not something you say at the Rotary Club, but it is not inciting violence," Sherman said.

He added: "This was a rush to judgment."

At the time of the broadcast, tension was running high because just days earlier, on July 5, a Kirkwood police officer was fatally shot in his patrol car. The family of the alleged shooter, Kevin Johnson, 19, accused police officers, who were looking for Johnson on a probation violation, of failing to help Johnson's younger brother, who collapsed earlier that day and died from a heart defect. Ninety minutes later, Johnson allegedly shot Sgt. William McEntee.

Complaints about the deejays rained down on the station and Clear Channel. Local and national law enforcement groups called for the radio duo to be fired and threatened a boycott. The St. Louis Police Officers' Association called the comments an "outrage" and "insulting."

In the broadcast, the deejays offered condolences to both Johnson's and McEntee's families. They also disavowed one caller's comments suggesting that the officer deserved to have been shot.

Clear Channel general manager Lee Clear announced Aug. 3 that the deejays were fired.

KATZ is the St. Louis market's top-rated hip-hop and R&B format station. It is the fourth highest-rated station overall. The "Kaos in the Morning" show was the market's second highest-rated weekday morning show among 18- to 34-year-olds.

Both Sherman and KATZ declined to release the deejays' legal names. DJ Kaos declined comment through his attorney.

DJ Kaos and DJ Sylli Asz had worked together on the show since January. The show featured a familiar format: heavy music rotation interspersed with weather, news and bantering bits. The deejays relied heavily on humor, like prank phone calls they called "Janky Calls" and tongue-in-cheek contests like "Worst Police Department."

The pair also did lots of racial humor bits, such as on the July 13 broadcast, when they wondered why baseball has so few black players.

They also showed a more serious side. St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa had appeared on the show last month to talk about racial tension in the city. They planned to host a roundtable with police officers on July 15 to talk about police brutality and racial profiling.

Reporter Todd C. Frankel
E-mail: tfrankel@post-dispatch.com
Phone: 314-340-8110

UPDATE: 08-08-05 --
RADIO TALK: Kaotic and Aszinine

TWO DJs for Radio station KATZ (100.3) got more notoriety than they bargained for after they held an on-air discussion about ways to injure police officers and take their radios so they cannot call for help.

Late Wednesday afternoon, KATZ's general manager, Lee Clear, issued a statement saying the hosts whose on-air names are DJ Kaos and DJ Sylli Asz were "no longer with the station." The statement added that KATZ "does not advocate violence of any kind" and said the station had "the utmost respect" for law enforcement.

The discussion by the two men was in poor taste. The timing was even worse, coming as it did during a racially tense period, just days after a popular white police officer, Kirkwood Sgt. William McEntee, was fatally shot by a young black man in an historically black neighborhood in Kirkwood. A 19-year-old man, Kevin Johnson, has been charged with the officer's murder. That killing presumably is the reason local members of the Fraternal Order of Police had called for a boycott of KATZ's owner, Clear Channel Communications, if it refused to dismiss the two DJs.

DJ Kaos, who has worked for the station for five years, says he'll fight his dismissal. His attorney, Scott Sherman, says that the incident was "blown out of proportion" and that the firing was unfair. The other DJ had worked at the station for 18 months.

Free speech carries responsibility with it. Some fans of the two hosts stressed that they knew the controversial discussion wasn't meant to be taken seriously. But that argument overlooks the possibility that some listener, somewhere, could take the discussion seriously enough to practice what the two hosts were preaching.

This incident is part of a disturbing radio talk show trend under which almost anything goes as long as it boosts the ratings. The station has finally pulled the plug on two hosts who have already spread plenty of Kaos while surfing the First Amendment.

UPDATE: 08-06-05 --
Just in case anyone is interested, Rickey Jay Clair is DJ Kaos.

Just sayin'

UPDATE: 08-03-05 --
Station fires DJs who upset police
By Todd C. Frankel
Of the Post-Dispatch
Wednesday, Aug. 03 2005

Radio station KATZ (100.3 FM) has fired two morning deejays for discussing ways to disarm and fight police officers just days after a Kirkwood police officer was slain.

DJ Kaos and DJ Sylli Asz, hosts of the popular "Kaos in the Morning" show, "are no longer with the station," Lee Clear, a general manager for station owner Clear Channel Communications, said in a prepared statement released on Wednesday.

A broadcast on July 13 featured the two hosts talking with callers about how to injure officers and take their radios away so they couldn't call for help.

Just eight days earlier, Sgt. William McEntee was fatally shot while sitting in his patrol car. A 19-year-old man, Kevin Johnson, is charged with his murder.

The incident was infused with racial tension after Johnson's family accused police officers, who were searching for Johnson on a probation violation, of failing to help Johnson's brother, who collapsed earlier that day and died from a heart defect. Ninety minutes later, Johnson, who is black, allegedly shot McEntee, who is white.

KATZ is the St. Louis radio market's top-rated urban format station and fourth highest-rated station overall.

The DJs, whom KATZ refused to identify beyond their on-air names, were suspended a day after the show aired. In the nearly three weeks since, the station has been hit with calls for the DJs' dismissal and a boycott by members of the Fraternal Order of Police. A station executive said they were inundated with calls about the incident.

In his brief statement, Clear wrote that KATZ "does not advocate violence of any kind" and said the station has "the utmost respect" for law enforcement. The station declined further comment.

DJ Kaos worked at KATZ for five years. DJ Sylli Asz was with the program 18 months, according to the station.

The DJs could not be reached for comment.

Scott Sherman, an attorney for DJ Kaos, said his client intends to fight the dismissal. Sherman said the incident "was blown out of proportion" and called the firing "unfair." Sherman said DJ Kaos had been promised he'd get his job back if he agreed to a one-month suspension and donated part of his pay to a group that supports police officers.

The St. Louis Police Officers Association said it "applauded" the station's actions. "It is reassuring to the law enforcement community to know that public statements advocating violence against police officers will not be tolerated," said President Kevin Ahlbrand.

Reporter Todd C. Frankel
E-mail: tfrankel@post-dispatch.com
Phone: 314-340-8110

Secret Squirrel spins: Most likely DJ Kaos is one of these guys... Maybe the other dj is too. Robert Clair 7313 Esterbrook, St. Louis MO 63136; Rickey J. Clair 1181 Howell St, St. Louis MO 63147; Anthony Huckleberry 6428 St Louis Ave, St Louis MO 63121; William Goldsmith 9182 Church, St Louis MO 63137; Kentral Williams 4953 Fairview, St Louis MO 63139.

UPDATE: 08-01-05 --
The Chief Engineer of Clear Channel/STL passed away at work last Wednesday evening. JC Hall was a respected friend and a mentor to all of the radio community. Please give CC the opportunity to grieve for a bit before demanding resolution of the DJ Kaos issue.

However: do NOT ALLOW the company to use this as an excuse to not respond.

The memo from Lee Clear regarding the passing of Mr. Hall was insensitive and included poor spelling and grammar. Clear is an idiot and needs to be dismissed, as we have suggested.

UPDATE: 07-29-05 --
Here's what R&R Street Talk Daily is reporting on the Beat controversy:

More Than Just A Syllli Asz Stunt
At press time, we were waiting for an official statement from Clear Channel about the fate of KATZ (The Beat)/St. Louis morning jocks DJ Kaos and Syllli Asz (may be fake names). The guys were suspended two weeks ago when they steered the breakfast table conversation with listeners into a clinic in how to fight and/or disarm police officers. The comments were made one week after the murder of local police sergeant Bill McEntee. The public outcry was immediate, and management was far from amused, so the guys have been warming the bench since then.

Interestingly, a non-scientific poll conducted by local TV station KSDK on Wednesday asked the public to submit their vote on the fate of The Beat morning team. At press time, out of 6,840 votes cast, 339 people voted they should remain suspended for a while, 246 felt they should be allowed to come back to work immediately, while a whopping 6,255 thought they should be fired. Stick around to see what develops.

UPDATE: 07-28-05 --
Is the end near?

Police call for firing of two DJs
By Emily Dulcan
Of the Post-Dispatch
07/27/2005

The local and national offices of the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest professional police organization in the country, are calling for the immediate firing of two DJs on radio station KATZ who discussed on the air how to injure police officers.

John Helmkamp, KATZ marketing director, said Tuesday he expected to receive a statement from general manager Lee Clear about the DJs' future at the station. However, Clear's decision had not been made public by the close of business Tuesday.

Kevin Ahlbrand, president of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, wrote to Clear on July 21 stating that the station's reprimand and suspension of the DJs was insufficient. The call to fire them was unanimously supported by the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge executive board.

If the DJs are not fired, Ahlbrand said, he has been directed by the local Fraternal Order of Police board to call for a boycott of Clear Channel's advertisers. He said he also would promote such a boycott at the FOP's biennial national conference, beginning Monday in New Orleans. About 4,000 officers are expected to attend.

People listening to KATZ (100.3 FM) said DJs Kaos and Syllli Asz talked with callers about how to injure officers and take away their radios so they couldn't call for help. The two were suspended indefinitely after the July 13 incident.

Ahlbrand said DJs who potentially have influence over hundreds of thousands of listeners should be held accountable for what they say on the air.

"Under First Amendment rights they can say whatever they want. However with that freedom of speech comes added responsibility," he said. "We believe a line was definitely crossed."

The DJs made their remarks a week after the killing of Kirkwood police Sgt. William McEntee on July 5.

Chuck Canterbury, president of the national fraternal police group, sent a letter dated July 26 to Lowry Mays, president of the board of Clear Channel Communications, which owns KATZ, and requested the termination of the DJs.

Kaos and Syllli Asz wouldn't be the first area DJs to be let go for program content that some listeners deemed inappropriate. In November 2003, KPNT (105.7 FM) fired Jeff Fife and Tony Mott, co-hosts of the afternoon drive-time show, for racy on-air dialogue and porn-like photos posted on the station's Web site. And in 1993, Steve Shannon and D.C. Chymes, who co-hosted the WKBQ (104.1 FM) morning show, were fired after describing a caller with a racial slur.

Reporter Emily Dulcan
E-mail: edulcan@post-dispatch.com
Phone: 314-340-8257

UPDATE: 07-27-05 --
Lee Clear needs to be fired
Lee Armstrong Clear has shown his disinclination over the past few weeks to be responsive to the needs of the communities which his radio stations serve. He does not answer nor does he return phone calls concerning the furor he has allowed to continue.

Clear has allowed a pair of runaway thug DJ's on one of his stations to get away with threatening the health, safety and welfare of area police officers and be punished with only an "indefinite suspension", during which they will be paid their full salaries and benefits.

That he will lead the state broadcasters' association is incomprehensible, considering this matter.

Area Police message boards have called for his resignation or firing, and his actions have been the subject of letters from local and national FOP officers as well, and, unless Clear Channel corporate management intervenes with appropriate action, there may well be a nationwide boycott against the company's 1200+ stations and sponsors.

Now the State of Missouri seeks to make Clear a member of the State Tourism Commission.

A man like Clear, who permits his employees to actively promote violence against peace officers, at a time when the region was laying to rest a senselessly murdered policeman, should be shunned locally, regionally, statewide and nationally. He should not be allowed any position of authority.

Is his attitude toward law enforcement what Missouri needs to develop tourism? Would you want to invite your friends and family to visit a State where thugs are advised to disable police? Is this the sort of man who should represent commercial broadcasters in Missouri?

The answer is, of course, a resounding NO!

Contact your state representatives, call the Governor's office, contact the MAB and write to Clear Channel. Ensure that this man never again has a position of authority in broadcasting, any sort of business or any government position.

Blunt Appoints Clear to the Tourism Commission
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Matt Blunt appointed Lee Clear (D) to serve on the statewide Tourism Commission.

Clear, 58 of Chesterfield, is vice president/ market manager of Clear Channel Radio in St. Louis. Clear received a bachelor's degree from Loyola University and master's in education from Southern University in Louisiana. Clear is chairman-elect of the Missouri Broadcasters Association.

The Tourism Commission promotes the growth of Missouri's travel industry helping create jobs, tax revenue and economic development. The commission is designed to help meet the challenging trends in the travel and tourism industry.

Clear replaces Louis Hamilton whose term expired. Clear's appointment is subject to Senate confirmation for a term ending on January 15, 2008.

Mike Anderson
Publisher
STLMedia.net

Comment here

Anybody know who these guys are? Alex D. Tyler, Devon C. Townsend, Rickey Jay Clair and Damon K. Howard. Word is that among them are the real names of DJ Kaos and DJ Syllli Asz. I bet there are some agencies that would like to know. A little help? Send info here, confidentially. We'll take it from there.

Kaos and Syllli Asz are on "indefinite" suspension. That is not enough. They and their three bosses should be terminated.

The National FOP gets into the act:
July 26, 2005
Lowry Mays
Chairman of the Board
Clear Channel Communications

Dear Mr. Mays:

As the President of the National Fraternal Order of Police representing 322,000 police officers across our great nation, I am writing to voice a concern about two members of your Clear Channel Team who I hope are not speaking for Clear Channel Communications.

These two employees discussed disarming techniques and methods to harm police officers in the wake of a death of a police officer in the St. Louis area. They also advocated stopping officers from utilizing their radios to call for backup.

I anticipate an argument of First Amendment rights and I agree that these gentlemen have the right to their own opinions but if this reflects the corporate opinion from Clear Channel Communications then I feel that law enforcement officers and their families and supporters should be made aware of this. They have the right to decide if they should sell their stock, drop your cable service, and stop listening to your stations.

In a world that has too much violence already and in a country that loses on average 150 police officers killed in the line of duty annually, there is no place for America’s media to advocate violence.

I am urging you and the Board to take the necessary action to make sure that the American Public knows that Clear Channel does not advocate violence against law enforcement and that you will not tolerate your employees doing so.

On August 1, 2005 I will be attending a National Conference with 4,000 officers and we plan to tell them about this incident and ask them to take the appropriate actions to demonstrate their solidarity in regards to this situation.

I stand ready to discuss this situation with you or your staff and I hope that Clear Channel will make the socially responsible decision and terminate these employees.

Sincerely,
Chuck Canterbury

UPDATE: 07-24-05 --
July 21, 2005

Chief Joseph Mokwa
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
1200 Clark Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63101

Chief Mokwa,

At the July 19,2005 regular monthly meeting to the executive board of the St. Louis Police Officers Association/Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 68, a motion was unanimously passed regarding the offer to “ride along” to KATZ 100.3 personalities “DJ KAOS” and “DJ Silli Asz.”

It is the strong position of the SLPOA that these “personalities” not be allowed to occupy a St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department vehicle unless they are a victim, witness or suspect in a crime.

The SLPOA feels that any familiarization these “thugs” have, with the operation of the SLMPD, will only serve to add to their anti-police rhetoric.

Respectfully,

Kevin Ahlbrand
President

July 21, 2005

Mr. Lee Clear
General Manager, KATZ-FM
1001 Highlands Plaza Drive West
St. Louis, MO 63110

On July 19, 2005, at the regular monthly meeting of the executive board of the St. Louis Police Officers Association/Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 68, a discussion was held regarding the on air comments of July 13, 2005, of KATZ radio 100.3 personalities “DJ Kaos” and “DJ Silli Asz.” The point of view of this executive board was unanimous.

As the President of the St. Louis Police Officers Association/Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 68 (SLPOA) and on behalf of our 1100 members, I would like to express our outrage regarding the comments of the above mentioned personalities in reference to their “tips” on how to disarm and injure police officers, including advising persons to keep officers from utilizing their portable radios to call for help. This type of “banter” smacks the face of all men and women who daily put their lives on the line to protect all citizens. It is especially insulting, when we have just recently buried one of our own, Sergeant William McEntee of the Kirkwood Police Department, who was murdered on July 5 while in the performance of his duty.

Although we realize the personalities were “reprimanded and suspended”, we believe that punishment is not sufficient. We are calling for the immediate termination of both persons. If those terminations are not put into effect, I will call for an immediate boycott of all advertisers of KATZ and any other Clear Channel media outlet.

Please note that this request is being forwarded to the Clear Channel Communications Chairman of the Board, the Missouri State Fraternal Order of Police, which represents 5,000 members, and the national Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police, which represents over 300,000 law enforcement officers nationwide.

Sincerely,

Kevin Ahlbrand
President

Cc: Mr. Lowry Mays, Chairman of the Board, Clear Channel Communications
Mr. Thomas Mayer, President, Missouri Fraternal Order of Police
Mr. Chuck Canterbury, President, Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police

UPDATE: 07-21-05 --
In a front page article in their July 21 issue, the St. Louis American examined the controversey:
Police comments causes chaos
By Bill Beene of the St. Louis American
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 5:23 PM CDT

DJ Kaos and DJ Sylli Asz lived up to their names last Wednesday morning when they devoted part of their show on 100.3 The Beat (KATZ-FM) to methods of combating police officers and even suggested taking an officer's radio so he couldn't call for a backup.

This apparent attempt at humor, coming in the wake of the murder of a police officer in Kirkwood, inspired a firestorm of protest from local cops and some community members and garnered national media attention.

At press time the two deejays, who usually man the "Kaos Morning Show" from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, were still suspended without pay by the station, which is owned by Clear Channel.

Clear Channel Market Manager Lee Clear returned a call to the American on Tuesday, but was unable to comment on the fate of the deejays per a command from corporate headquarters.

The gag order, which also extended to the two jocks, came about a week after an initial release from Clear extending his "sincere apologies for the comments made on the ‘Kaos Morning Show.'"

The release continued, "The comments were entirely inappropriate, and we have reprimanded and suspended the announcers. KATZ-FM takes pride in supporting and assisting local law enforcement whenever possible. Just last week we used our stations in asking the public to step forward with information which eventually led to the arrest of the suspect in the killing of Sgt. McEntee," the officer slain in Kirkwood.

Many police officers and their supporters lambasted the two morning deejays on the St. Louis Area Police Message Board, calling their reprimand a wrist slap - an ironic echo of typical community complaints about the punishments issued to police officers for misconduct on duty. Some of the posts on the board were virulently racist.

In an effort to get the jocks fired, many on the message board threatened to call on the station's sponsors and advertisers to discontinue their relationships with the station. They listed the names, phone numbers and email addresses of some advertisers as well as of Clear Channel's corporate offices.

Eileen Solomon, associate professor of broadcast journalism at Webster Univerity, said that the comments were inappropriate and ill-chosen, though she admitted that she only knew of the deejays' comments through other media reports. The same is true of many others angered by rumors of the show - including, no doubt, many of the police officers raising the protest.

"It seems pretty mild," Solomon said of the reprimand. "It was foolish, and they stepped into dangerous waters in the name of humor."

"Radio management needs to take a lot more care when it hires people to go on the air because in reality the buck stops with management," said Frank Absher, St. Louis radio historian and journalism instructor at Saint Louis University. "Irresponsible people shouldn't be given an opportunity to be in a position of influence."

Absher noted similar situations in St. Louis radio, most famously when shock jocks Steve and D.C. were fired by WKBQ (104.1 FM) for using the N-word to describe their feelings about a caller.

Some black residents, however, understood at least the basis for the remarks made by the deejays.

"Black people feel a certain way about the police because of what they've seen in the news media or what happened to someone close to them or themselves," said local barber Eric Palmer.

The often adversarial and sometimes hostile relationship between police and the African-American community prompted 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy to introduce a Citizens Review Board Bill because many local blacks don't trusts the police to justly police themselves.

Some regular listeners to the "Kaos Morning Show" thought it was unfair that the jocks were singled out for one incident, especially when the deejays also have mentioned the police in a positive light.

"They were just on the air Monday (two days before the incident) praising police officers for doing their jobs," said Rick Nance, president and CEO of Lexfae Cleaning.

"They were just joking around, as usual. The other day they ranked police departments by the number of stops they made, and because of those numbers, they said, the police were doing their jobs."

UPDATE: 07-20-05 --
The Karen Kelly/DJ Kaos Konnection:
Many law enforcement people are very pissed at Joe Mokwa for just letting this 100.3 The Beat thing pass. Many have stated that they have no faith in him as a leader anymore and very little respect left for him. Many cops have brought up the history of the Lee Clear/Joe Mokwa relationship.

Karen Kelly's (former KLOU morning co-hostette) husband Sam Dotson is Chief Mokwa's right hand man. In fact, Lee Clear is Karen Kelly's former boss. Mokwa and Clear served on several Boards together when she was at KLOU.

Instead of using his relationship with Clear to demand that these DJ's be fired, he did a 180 and said that we should just move on.

Tell that to Mary McEntee and her three children or Bob Stanze's family or Nick Sloan's family.

Many wonder how Mokwa would feel if one of the Beat listeners used one of the talked about "techniques" to disarm one of his officer's and killed him/her? Would he then just tell everyone, "we need to move on?"

Many have wondered why Mokwa didn't demand for the DJ's immediate termination and made it very clear that this will never be tolerated. How long before the next morning show wannabe does something similar to get some attention?

Many wonder why hasn't the chief or any other police spokesperson brought up the fact that if Kevin "Rockhead" Johnson had not been hiding and given himself up peacefully and not asked his little brother with a heart problem to take the keys over to Grandma's house, maybe Bam Bam and Sgt. McEntee would still be alive.
Hat tip to Anonymous.

UPDATE: 07-19-05 --
I'm told by some little CCU birdies that their Great Leaders have sanitized the KATZ-FM skim drive, where programming is recorded, of the offending segment of The Beat's Morning Show from July 13th. Now, if someone were to bring suit against the station for what was said, or if the Police were to charge the DJ's with some criminal action, which their chatter was, then this action, deleting the material, might be considered Obstruction of Justice. People go to jail for destroying evidence, Mr. Clear.

UPDATE: 07-18-05 --
Good piece tonight on FNC's Hannity & Colmes featuring STL City Sheriff's Department spokesman Mike Guzy on The Beat's gaffe.
Hat tip to Brian McKenna.

The St. Louis American is planning a piece this week on the DJ's at KATZ-FM.

Kaos and Sillly Asz remain on suspension from KATZ-FM. We can all only hope that this continues until Clear Channel cops to its civic responsibioity and fires these two, along with their three bosses, including Market Manager Lee Clear.

From email:
I'm sure you've seen Kaos's "Click Clack" lyrics post on the police board. I saw that and DL'd the song. It turns out there are a few typos in the lyrics post but the most interesting typo is this one:
"I remember when we used to get up on the roof and, nigga the next police ride
Down this mutha####in nigga we shootin, hoes in a blue suit and
Hideout, regroup and, every pistol we shoot man, we gotta use 2 hands
Nigga I'm comin, nigga I'm gunnin', nigga I'm bustin, nigga you runnin
Jumpin, nigga you duckin..."

It's not "hoes" in a blue suit..(which didn't make sense) It's HOLES in a blue suit!!
They rap about killing cops!
Hat tip to Everett Marshall.

Sales and marketing consultant Jim Taszarek:
-- Last Wednesday morning in St.Louis, KATZ personalities "DJ Kaos" and "DJ Silli Asz" gave their audience tips on how to disarm and injure police officers. They told people to fight for the cop's radio so he couldn't call for help. What made it even cuter was that just days before, a local cop had been killed by an ambush gunman.
-- The town is up in arms.
-- This is occurring in a period when the press has a zillion stories about radio going to hell because we're getting whomped by satellite and the iPod. (There's a new one in Fortune this week.)
-- Ok, now I get it. Somewhere there's a conspiracy to give the business away - to shut it down.
-- Are we crazy? Who's watching these guys? There used to be a PD and a GM who'd set the standards wherein on-air guys would know not to pull this crap.
-- Could it be that none of those individual stations have an individual PD and/or GM? Are we so focused on margins and earnings that we've discarded product standards? It's cool to focus on the money - but not at the expense of irreparable harm to the product that's producing that money. We've got a focus problem.
-- Please excuse my rant.
Hat tip to Frank Absher.

UPDATE: 07-17-05 --
Thug-buddies DJ Kaos and DJ Syllli Asz should be fired for what they did on the air 7/13, just days after the burial of a murdered Police Officer.

Clear Channel Market Manager Lee Clear, and KATZ OM Chuck Atkins and PD Dwight Stone should be fired as well for allowing the environment to exist that made the comments possible.

STL Regional Police Departments were insulted, their welfare and lives were threatened and their Message Boards are alive with their unhappiness.

This page includes info related to the abominable act of anarchy broadcast on The Beat 100.3, including commentary, press releases, MB excerpts and transcripts of TV news reports and P-D articles. If you've got the audio, send it here.

FYI: The story has hit the worldwide newswires and will be a feature on Fox News Channel next week, probably on O'Reilly. Lee Clear should resign now and avoid a very bad week.

UPDATE: 07-14-05 --
Mike's comments:

Lee Clear's comments below do not "clear the air". In fact, what he's done only makes this worse. If the pressure gets more intense, he may have hung himself.

Clear only suspended the two morons who did this for two days. He should have fired them. And he should fire them to make this right.

Making them do a ride-along only deepened the hurt and has not been accepted by the relevant PD's. What police officer would want these two idiots in his back seat after they've suggested that the best way to get over on a cop is to grab his radio so he can't call for backup? It's likely, though, that both of them have considerable experience in riding in the back seat of a police car...

Calling an on-air piece funny that told how to grab a police radio to make it impossible to call help and then to grab for the gun, is hardly a "comedy bit". Call me crazy, but "comedy bits", when I was doing the radio thing, made me laugh.

This does not. Maybe, if this is the way Lee Clear thinks, it's time for him to move on to mortgage marketing. It's becoming obvious that he's unqualified to run radio stations "in the public interest, as a public trustee". It used to be called "PICON"...Public Interest, Convenience and Necessity. It doesn't matter that it may or may not be written into the current rules....it's still the right thing to do.

One other thing.

Clear Channel has been the industry leader for several years in unloading veteran air talents, jocks and news and talk hosts who knew the rules, spoken and unspoken, that there were some things you just do not say or do. Many of these guys (male and female) are now unemployed because they had years of experience and would not work for $12 an hour.

As a result, CCU has hired a herd of low-paid young'n's who have no freakin' idea of what's right and what's not and just blab on, damn the consequences, full profanity ahead.

With no rabbi's to show them the way, they just go their own way.

Forget common decency and polite behavior. Forget familiy listening. Go for the garbage.

Like The Beat.

CC Exec Lee Clear and his thug-buddies, Yo Cuzzin Big Sexy Koool DJ Kaos and DJ Syllli Asz need to be done away with, all three of them, sooner rather than later. But Clear's Assistant, Janice, is the absolute sweetest and most competent lady I've dealt with on the phone in years. If you call Clear's office (314.333.8000), be nice to her, please.

The company needs to do other penance, too: a huge corporate contribution to Backstoppers would be a good place to begin.

Note: Calling for a boycott of sponsors only hurts small businesses who rely on advertising to generate income. What can be done, though, is to contact businesses who buy ads on The Beat and make sure they know what the station did and how you feel.

Note: The FCC will only review complaints that are accompanied by audio. I'm working on that and I'll keep you posted on the progress.

Note: MHPD...it kills me to suggest this, but the next time the UMB Bank Pavillion (the venue previously known as Riverport) needs security, maybe some of that infamous blue flu might roll through the Department an hour before the event; just one event would do it.

Obviously Clear Channel doesn't have the institutional memory to remember the Code 1000 MHPD called when Axhole Rose went nuts on stage in 1991. I do, and I still have the t-shirt to prove it. Doesn't fit anymore, of course...

The best comment I've seen on the Cop Boards is this: Next time you're in a jam, call a DJ.

Git'er'done, guys!

Mike Anderson
Editor/Publisher
STLMedia.net

This remains an embarassment for Clear Channel, whose Market Manager, Lee Clear, posted this on the St. Louis Area Police Officer Board:

     As the general manager for KATZ-FM I want to respond to this story and clear the air:
     Clear Channel Radio St Louis is a friend of law enforcement, ask Chief Mowka and Chief Lee about our support to their departments. Also the North County Police Chief's Association.
     After the recent murder of Sgt McEntee we invited the St Louis County Police to come and go on our stations to appeal to the public to locate the suspect. We also aired several announcements for the public to turn the suspect in.
     Unfortunately, the comments made by Kaos was a comedy bit that was in poor taste and bad timing.
     People who know Kaos often ask if he ia a "narc" because many of his friends are Police officers and he is a frequent ride-a-long with police departments.
     The bit was to climax with a round-table discussion with several officers live on his morning show Friday 7/15/05.
     In response to the tremendous calls and e mails I have decided to reprimand and suspend the morning DJ's and they will spend the next 2 days riding with the Police.

Here is the release from Clear Channel:

     ST. LOUIS (July 14, 2005) - On behalf of the staff and management of KATZ -FM, I want to extend my sincere apologies for the comments made on the Kaos Morning Show yesterday. The comments were entirely inappropriate, and we have reprimanded and suspended the announcers.
     KATZ -FM takes pride in supporting and assisting local law enforcement whenever possible. Just last week we used our stations in asking the public to step forward with information which eventually led to the arrest of the suspect in the killing of Sgt McEntee.
     Our law enforcement officials risk their lives to protect our citizens and in return deserve our appreciation and respect. I genuinely regret that this incident occurred.

Sincerely,
Lee Clear
General Manager, KATZ-FM

A few random MB comments:

Two days is not, I repeat, NOT GOOD ENOUGH!! Thank goodness I'm on vacation, as I find the idea of doing and eight hour tour with Mssrs. KAOS and Ass to be quite nauseating. That said, given the fact that Mr. Clear was given the opportunity to do the right thing and fire these two sadistic criminals and failed to do so, we need to take this thing to the next level and begin informational pickets outside of Clear Channel's St. Louis office. Perhaps, if we raise enough hell, Mr. Clear can join KAOS and Ass on the unemployment line. Can someone take up this banner and begin to organize these protests? As my Chief just gave all involved a free-pass, it would be difficult for me. Also, isn't this something the Department of Justice should look into? It seems to me that KAOS and Ass were promoting Domestic Terrorism and that Mr. Clear is aiding and abetting their efforts. Anyone have Attorney General Gonzales' email address? I bet they have extra room in Gitmo for these three anti-police jihadis.

Does anyone know if there is any legal action that can be brought against 100.3? Could you imagine if police officers got on a public radio station and talked about how to hurt black people? This is unbelievable. That radio station should be taken off of the air.

So, when your DJ\'s ride with the police, are they going to try and take the officer\'s gun and radio and try to hurt them like they were talking about on your fine upstanding radio station? What a joke! They should have been fired.

If I recall correctly, the FCC takes community complaints about broadcast content into consideration when reviewing requests for license renewals and changes....

I used to work at a radio station in St. Louis as a jock. The logger tape is a great way to get a copy of the show. --snip-- SOMEONE in that building has access to the actual recording of what was put out over the air. I am sick and feel ashamed that someone would go over the air and use the airwaves for something tasteless like this. I understand that in the "quest for ratings" that people want to be edgy and "push the envelope", but how does giving out tips on how to harm anyone, let alone someone in law enforcement, fall under entertainment? One of my best friends is a KC officer, and we've been talking about this all day. I offer my apology to all the officers. Don't let these idiots taint your view of all of us in the media.

Do you remember several years back a Morning DJ team getting fired for a "comical" bit on the radio for using a not-so-funny slang and this guys gets 2 days only.

We need to remind Lee Clear he can fire someone for using slang that is (not righfully) used daily but if you teach someone how to hurt, fight and even possible kill a police officer you get 2 days off. His value system is messed up.

I was outraged to hear Mokwa on the news giving the two thug DJs a pass because they apologized. Mokwa has political ambitions and he is scared of upsetting the black community in the City. I'm not asking anybody to risk their careers by attacking him at the next police function, but at least give him the cold shoulder. He does not deserve our respect anymore! Make sure all of your friends and relatives who reside in the City know the truth about this punk chief when he runs for Mayor.

I feel for the City officers. Spineless Joe is an embarrassment. He only finds the DJ comments comical because he will never be in a position where he has to defend himself from an attack. He can always be counted on to not defend his officers or officers as a whole. Maybe we should get a hotdog cart and sell weiners in front of City Hall on Market with the proceeds going to a fund to obtain a spine for Joe.

Was anyone else surprised by the remarks of our Chief when asked to comment about the two DJ's on KATZ 100.3 The Beat? "St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa called on-air comments wrong and inappropriate, but seemed willing to forgive. "They made a mistake. I'm willing to move on and forget about it." The KSDK story mentioned the two DJ's "must also do a ride-along with police to see how they do their jobs." Well Chief, did you offer to let them do their ride-along in the City? If so, you take them for a ride in your command car. I would rather retire before I let these two scum bags near me. Once again Joe you've let us down.

The Post-Dispatch published this 07-15:

Station suspends 2 DJs for comments

Two radio station DJs have been suspended after making "inappropriate" comments about police officers on the air Wednesday morning, according to the station's management.

The DJs on KATZ (100.3 FM), a hip-hop and rap station known as The Beat, discussed with callers how to injure officers and how to take away their radios so they couldn't call for help, according to some who heard the radio show.

The comments, just over a week after the fatal shooting of an officer in Kirkwood, spurred a flurry of angry posts on Internet message boards frequented by law enforcement officers. Some officers want the DJs fired and have called for a boycott of Clear Channel Communications Inc., owner of the station.

"I want to extend my sincere apologies for the comments made on the Kaos Morning Show," KATZ general manager Lee Clear said in a statement Thursday. "The comments were entirely inappropriate, and we have reprimanded and suspended the announcers."

Someone using Lee Clear's name posted an apology on one of the police Internet forums Thursday.

DJs Kaos and Syllli Asz have been suspended indefinitely, said KATZ marketing director John Helmkamp. He said some of the inappropriate comments were made by the DJs and others were made by callers to the show.

"There were some things said, that they regret, about police officers," Helmkamp said. "It went a wrong direction."

St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa spoke out against the radio hosts' comments Thursday.

"Their comments were taboo and inappropriate, particularly after we lost an officer last week," Mokwa said.

The comments came days after the funeral of Kirkwood Officer William McEntee, who police say was killed in an "ambush" July 5.

McEntee, 43, was sitting in his police cruiser talking to a 13-year-old boy through his open window when a gunman approached the passenger side and shot the officer. The boy was shot in the leg. His injuries were not life-threatening.

McEntee's car rolled forward and hit a tree. Neighborhood residents tried to help McEntee but the gunman approached and shot McEntee several more times. The killer took McEntee's gun and fled.

Police arrested Kevin Johnson a week ago after an intense search for McEntee's killer. Johnson, 19, is charged with first-degree murder and four other felony counts.

A 19-year veteran of the Kirkwood department, McEntee was married and had three children.

In his statement, Clear said the station "takes pride in supporting and assisting" law enforcement and had broadcast information during the search for Johnson.

"Our law enforcement officials risk their lives to protect our citizens and in return deserve our appreciation and respect," he said in the statement. "I genuinely regret that this incident occurred."

Mokwa said the two should be embarrassed about the comments they made, but he did not think they were trying to incite people to action.

"I understand they were trying to be funny," Mokwa said. "They should be embarrassed, but I understand that there have been some disciplinary actions taken."

Mokwa was a guest on the morning radio show about two weeks ago to discuss racial tensions in the city, and said he was received well by the hosts. He said he plans to put the comments behind him.

"Time to let it go and move on," Mokwa said.

Daphne Duret of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

Reporter Greg Jonsson.

KTVI aired this piece on the 14th:

RADIO DJs SILENCED FOR MAKING COMMENTS ABOUT POLICE

Two radio DJs are being silenced for making inflammatory comments about police officers. The DJs work for the hip-hop station 100.3 The Beat. It seems they gave listeners the wrong advice on how to relate to police officers.

Anyone listening to the station during morning drive on Wednesday heard what many are calling a terribly inappropriate remark. Thursday, the station manager issued an apology.

The "Kaos in the Morning" Show is intended to reach young, urban listeners. On Wednesday, DJs Kaos and Syllli Asz demonstrated youthful thinking when they talked about police.

St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa said, "There are some topics that are taboo. We just buried an officer last week. Nobody wants to hear some comic remark about disarming a police officer and taking their radio away so they can't get help."

Radio Station Manager Lee suspended the pair and issued an apology. "I want to extend my sincere apologies for the offensive comments made on the Kaos Morning Show on Wednesday morning. Our law enforcement officials risk their lives to protect our citizens and in return deserve our appreciation and respect."

People listening to 100.3 The Beat will hear this announcement. The irony here is police officers including Chief Mokwa have appeared on the show, and its always been a positive dialogue. The station has even helped get the word out about police recruiting.

Mokwa said, "In a myriad of topics, there's been remarks made that you wish you could put back in your mouth. This is one I think they wish they could take back."

While its too late to take back what was said, Chief Mokwa says both jocks apologized to him personally and to police in general. "They're young men. They made a joke. It was inappropriate. They apologized and I'm willing to move forward."

Moving forward for the DJs could mean stepping into a policeman's world. Chief Mokwa says he's willing to consider a request from the pair to ride with police at a later time.

KMOV aired this report on the 14th:

DJs suspended for on air comments on how to fight police officers

Two hip-hop radio personalities were suspended after an on-air discussion on ways to fight police officers -- not long after a police sergeant was killed in the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood.

While KATZ-FM officials did not detail the comments, the remarks on Wednesday related to ways to hurt or disarm police officers, KMOV-TV, KTVI-TV and KSDK-TV in St. Louis reported.

The stations said the two suspended disc jockeys, whose professional names are DJ Kaos and DJ Sylli Asz, and callers to their morning show discussed how to fight for an officer's radio so he or she cannot call for help.

Clear Channel Communications owns 100.3, known as "The Beat." Lee Clear, the general manager of KATZ-FM, apologized on behalf of the station's staff and management Thursday for the comments on the Kaos Morning Show. The radio personalities, whose real names were not immediately available, also apologized.

"The comments were entirely inappropriate, and we have reprimanded and suspended the announcers," Clear said in a statement.

Clear noted that Clear Channel had just used its stations to ask the public for information to help find the killer of Sgt. William McEntee, who was shot July 5. The suspect was arrested last Friday.

St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa told KSDK-TV the comments were unfortunate, but said he doesn't hold a grudge.

"We just buried an officer last week. Nobody wants to hear some comic remark about disarming a police officer and taking their radio away so they can't get help. That was outrageous," he said. "But by the same token, I also realize that they're sorry they said it."

Phone calls to the station's business office went unanswered after business hours Thursday.

KSDK aired this story on the 14th:

Two local radio personalities are suspended for their on-air discussion about ways to hurt or disarm the police.

The comments come a week after the murder of a Kirkwood police sergeant.

DJ Kaos and DJ Sylli Asz work for KATZ-FM which is also known as 'The Beat.'

There were more than a dozen emails sent to a police message board regarding the comments.

Among other things, it's reported that callers to the morning show and the two suspended DJ's discussed how to fight a police officer for his radio so he or she cannot call for help.

Clear Channel Communications owns 100.3 'The Beat.'

The deejays and station manager Lee Clear have apologized for the remarks.

Kaos has also been part of a successful rap and hip hop group called Da Hol' 9.

In a faxed release Clear said, "The comments were entirely inappropriate." He said the station "Takes pride in supporting and assisting local law enforcement whenever possible."

Police chief Joe Mokwa called the comments unfortunate but says he does not hold a grudge. "We just buried an officer last week. Nobody wants to hear some comic remark about disarming a police officer and taking their radio away so they can't get help. That was outrageous. But by the same token, I also realize that they're sorry they said it," said Chief Mokwa.

In addition to being suspended, Kaos and Sylli will be required to ride along with police officers while they are on duty.

Neither deejay was available for comment.

KPLR aired this story on the 14th:

Radio Morning Show Apology

Two St. Louis deejays have been suspended because of the discussion they had on morning radio.

The deejays work for KATZ- The Beat - a Clear Channel radio station.

According to a police message board, several callers and the deejays discussed how to fight and injure a police officer.

The station manager has since apologized. A faxed statement to WB 11 News says, "The comments were entirely inappropriate" and "I genuinely regret that this incident occurred."

The deejays will be required to go on a ride along with police officers.

Yo Cuzzin Big Sexy Koool Dj Kaos
Yo Cuzzin Big Sexy Koool DJ Kaos
DJ Syllli Asz
DJ Syllli Asz

07-13-05 From the STL Area Police Officer Message Board...
-- I think that everyone should know what was being said this morning on 100.3's morning show. They were actually discussing how to hurt officers. Callers were calling in and giving "tips" as to how to properly fight the police. One "tip" that was discussed was that you should always fight for the officer's radio and take it so they are unable to call for help. In fact, according to 100.3, 80% of officers on the street are p$%#$s who will not do anything except talk shit. In light of recent events, I find it very disheartening that a professional (at least they used to be) radio station would do this.
-- PLEASE, contact the station managers at Clear Channel Communications and voice your displeasure for having these radio DJs' giving a lesson in how to hurt/fight police officers.

The message ends poignantly:
-- If, for nothing else, do this for MAC. His death has been turned into a circus. Do the right thing. Please stay safe out there!   (Photos of The Beat's Morning DJ's at left)
     UPDATE: According to sources, this police MB and a couple others were also the targets of some incredibly offensive postings, sent there when the website addresses were provided on the air by the radio station.
     Those postings have since been scrubbed and the MB's are returning to normal operation.
     The reprehensible behavior of The Beat's morning show and their listeners need to be addressed immediately and publicly by the CCU Market Manager, Lee Clear.
     Dumping the morning show would be a good start, followed by a huge corporate donation to Backstoppers and capped with a few full-page apologies to ALL area Police Departments in the P-D and the RFT.
     After all, who did the Clear Channel folks call when someone shot up their building a few months back? Comment here