Tyrese Creates Dispute At WJKS
September 30, 2011 at 4:54 PM (PT)
QC COMMUNICATIONS Urban WJKS (KISS 101.7)/WILMINGTON, DE. recently scheduled an interview with singer/actor TYRESE GIBSON, who is known to his many fans as TYRESE. He seized the opportunity to promote his new CAPITOL album “OPEN INVITATION” as well as a book signing and a scheduled appearance at a local venue in WILMINGTON.
He had just spoken to a group of students at EAST SIDE CHARTER SCHOOL when he started complaining about a liquor store being located close to the school. “Get them cats out of there selling alcohol right across from your kid’s school,” said TYRESE. “You all know how to put pressure on cats selling in your hood.”
WJKS Owner/GM TONY QUARTARONE, who was returning to the station from a doctor’s appointment, heard GIBSON’s remarks. He took them as an insult to the station’s listeners and the residents of WILMINGTON. He called the station and had the station terminate the interview at the first commercial break. Shortly after that, TYRESE was asked to leave the station. “I felt as though we had been more than fair. We had given TYRESE 35 minutes to promote his album, book signing and personal appearance,” said QUARTARONE. “GIBSON then went to his Twitter page to complain about the incident.”
The following afternoon QUARTARONE went on the air to explain the station’s position and said he wasn’t defending liquor stores. In fact, he agrees that liquor stores shouldn’t be near schools. QUARATRONE also pointed out that “I don’t expect him (TYRESE) to be a politician and talk down to my audience and lecture that it’s up to them to stop this from happening. He went on his little tweeting machine and said the PD threw him off-the-air because he was talking about liquor shops. That wasn’t the case. It was because I wasn’t going to allow him to degrade the inner-city people in our audience and judge them. “