Bob Romanik is a Racist and It’s Time to Shut Him Down

The self-proclaimed “Grim Reaper of Radio” has for years spewed his hate on the airwaves of St. Louis from across the river at his Belleville AM radio station, KQQZ. But last week, Romanik exploded in a racist rage after reading our last issue of The NorthSider.

In response to a story in our September 20 issue on the possible closing of the North City Urgent Care Center, one of only a few such facilities offering medical services in north St. Louis, Romanik declared on his show that the center was about to close, “Because none of the patients want to go there. They want to go where the white people are giving them medical service.”

“They want to go to Barnes. They want to go to south St. Louis,” he said. “Had a few of the blacks say, ‘No, man. I’m not going there. They ain’t qualified.’ And you know who they say ain’t qualified? The black doctors.”

First, though it should not have to be said, there were no quotes in our story from anyone complaining about the quality of care at North City Urgent Care. And there certainly have been no comments about the race of the medical staff. That’s just Romanik’s own racism on full display once again. But that was just the beginning. 

Romanik then took aim at me personally. In response to my September 20 column, “Democrats and McCaskill Owe Blacks More,” Romanik said on his radio show: “It’s amazing, people, that a nigger like Antonio French is going to say that the Democrats owe the black voters more.” 

“I don’t know what the hell we can do for the niggers,” said Romanik. “They don’t want to help themselves. They just want to complain. And that’s what they’re doing. But for an asswipe bastard like Antonio French to come out and say that north St. Louis … ’we need to bring jobs, private economic investment. ’There ain’t nobody in the private industry, nobody in the private sector that’s going to come into north St. Louis because of you niggers! Get the niggers out of there and everybody will come!”

Yes, that is an exact quote. It was said on the radio. And it didn’t end there.

“Does anybody know, seriously, what we can give the niggers?” said Romanik. “What can we do for the niggers?”

“[French says] black Democrats must demand more. … What the hell more can you demand? You got what you want. You got a blunt. You got a bottle of muscatel. You got some weed.”

And in response to my call for black leaders to demand real and specific action that results in economic growth in our communities, Romanik totally lost it.

“Fifty million dollars, [French] says, to provide no-interest loans covering 80 percent of the cost to purchase, rehab and convert two-family homes. Fifty million dollars, plus jobs, for private economic investment? Are you nuts? Yes you are, Antonio French,” said Romanik. “See, he’s playing the nigger card. He’s playing the nigger card.”

Romanik, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, also took exception to me calling Trump a racist and saying his agenda is harmful to blacks and poor people.

“The U.S. economy grew by a robust 4.2 percent rate in the second quarter,” he said. “Do you know what that does for our economy? We make more money and then we can funnel more money to the niggers!”

There is no place for this kind of racism on St. Louis airwaves. Period. And frankly, it is an affront to the African-American communities on both sides of the river that Romanik has been allowed to spew his hateful attacks for as long as he has. 

But you know what? Time’s up, Bob.

Starting today, The NorthSider will be leading a year-long campaign to pull the plug on Bob Romanik. Visit our website at thenorthsider.com to learn how you can file a complaint with the FCC to have KQQZ’s license pulled. We plan to have over 1,000 complaints filed before the end of the year. And we will be posting updates on this campaign every week.

It’s time rid the airwaves of racists like Bob Romanik.

Antonio French

Author: Antonio French

Antonio French is the publisher of The NorthSider. Born and raised in north St. Louis, he is a social entrepreneur and former two-term St. Louis City alderman. He lives in the O'Fallon Park neighborhood with his wife, son, and four rescue dogs. Follow him on Twitter at @antoniofrench. Email him at antonio.french@thenorthsider.com

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