The region’s most shocking shock-jock, Bob Romanik, has been hit with a court order of protection filed by an Affton-area man who claims the radio host has targeted him for violence.
Caleb Friz was granted the order May 4 by St. Louis County Circuit Court Associate Circuit Judge Mary B. Schroeder.
Romanik is the host of “Kool Killer Kountry Radio” on KQQZ-AM 1190 in Fairview Heights and bills himself as the “Grim Reaper of Radio.”
Romanik is regularly criticized for making racist, homophobic and misogynistic slurs on the show.
In his filing to get the order, Friz said Romanik has given out Friz’s home address both on live broadcasts and on the station’s website. Friz told the court that Romanik has told his listeners to “visit” Friz.
“He threatened me and is trying to incite an assault against me,” Friz wrote in his petition. He also said in the petition that Romanik’s action may have stemmed from Friz’s attempt to get advertisers to boycott the station.
In his petition, Friz said: “(Romanik) called me every name in the book upon (the) air and then told people to call my job (and) come by my home. There is no telling what some one of his listeners may do to me or my family.”
Romanik called the court action the “biggest, bogus court order I’ve ever seen” and denied he gave out Friz’s address to incite violence.
“He wants to get me to stop talking, so he went after my advertisers, a boycott. That’s what started all this. And he put my home address on his Facebook page, so I put his address on the air,” Romanik said Friday in a phone interview.
The order prohibits Romanik from threatening violence against Friz, either on the radio, on social media, through podcasts; to communicate with Friz in any manner; and to physically stay at least 500 feet away from Friz.
“I don’t know this kid, I don’t want to know him and I’ve never been within 500 feet of him ever before. And the idea that I want to do violence to him is just silly,” Romanik said.
Friz, who is the customer service manager for Bi-State Development Agency, could not be reached for comment.
The order will stay in effect for one year unless Romanik requests a hearing before its expiration.
A former Washington Park police chief, Romanik admitted obstructing justice in a federal investigation into organized crime and a video gambling ring in the 1990s. He later was convicted of bank fraud.
State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, has called on the Federal Communications Commission to suspend the station’s license and fine Romanik.
On Friday, the state’s Democratic legislative caucus ousted Democratic Rep. Bob Burns, who drew his political colleagues’ ire for calling into Romanik’s show last month. Burns is unopposed for re-election to his south St. Louis and St. Louis County-based district.
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