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Rick Chase fired after becoming a Christian
A PROFANE American "shock-jock" recently caused a stir in US radio circles by becoming a Christian, declaring his faith on air, and being fired as a result. Rick Chase, of San Francisco's KMEL-FM was fired last October amid growing tension between Chase and management over on-air moral issues and song lyrics. Throughout most of the '90s, Chase was the leading rave/hip hop disc jockey in the Bay Area and was compared to Howard Stern.
A cocaine addict and alcoholic, Chase was renowned for his rude and irreverent diatribes. After a dramatic conversion his shock-jock antics then changed to a testimony of freedom from cocaine. He regularly shared Bible passages on the air. Chase refused to support Gay Pride Weekend in San Francisco and was blasted for participating in a Christian rally at a local high school. At Chase's request, KMEL allowed the broadcaster, whose ratings have remained high even after his conversion, to have a farewell show to end his 12-year run on the station, he told Charisma magazine, "I praised God, and I started crying."The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.