When I worked as a Program Director in Kansas City in the late ’90s, I got to know a talk radio host named Chris Baker. Seemed like a decent enough guy. Baker was hosting a general talk show on KCMO-AM at the time - I was across the hall on an all-sports station.
Baker’s ratings were less than spectacular, and eventually he moved onto Houston. And now apparently he’s popped up in the Twin Cities.
His show wasn’t my cup of tea then, and upon hearing his comments about Magic Johnson on his current show in Minneapolis, it certainly isn’t now.
Baker and co-host Langdon Perry both said yesterday that they are “convinced” the former Lakers star “faked aids.”
Audio and transcript after the jump.
Audio, from MEDIA MATTERS:
CALLER: What you run into is — you run into this idea, the same way that in education we want to make all the dumb people smart even though it’s impossible — their IQ limits them — and we’re going to spend all this money to try to do something that’s impossible. And you — it’s a waste of time, and you get frustrated employees, frustrated workers with all these demands to do something they can’t possibly do.
BAKER: There you go. All right, thanks.
PERRY: What about diseases that are eminently treatable and you can live with for a long, long time quite healthily if you just get some basic drugs?
BAKER: Like Magic Johnson.
PERRY: Like Magic with his faked AIDS. Magic faked AIDS.
BAKER: You think Magic faked AIDS for sympathy?
PERRY: I’m convinced that Magic faked AIDS.
BAKER: Yeah, me too.
PERRY: It falls apart –
BAKER: Which is horrible.
PERRY: — when you get into motivation. I’m not sure why, but I’m pretty sure he faked AIDS.
BAKER: I’ve got a great email here from –
PERRY: ‘Cause he’s the only cured AIDS guy ever.
Keep in mind that Baker is generally a right-wing guy, and the folks who run Media Matters are on the left. No matter though, what Baker said was asinine. And I’m sure now we haven’t heard the end of it.*
Now, if were talking about Magic faking strenuous gym workouts, which he is notorious for, this all might be a different story.
*UPDATE: Michael Rand of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE gets Magic’s reax:
“I am extremely disappointed in KTLK in Minneapolis. I am outraged that Chris Baker and Langdon Perry would minimize such a serious and deadly issue. Millions are dying from HIV/AIDS and the fact that they would make jokes about my status is unbelievable,” Johnson said. “Chris, Langdon and KTLK should use their power in a more positive light by encouraging people to get tested for this disease instead of making up such ridiculous lies.”