Winnipeg radio station declares a KISS-free zone

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, Last Updated: 5:53 PM ET


WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg radio station has given Gene Simmons the KISS-off, banning the band from their airwaves after the bassist’s comments about depression.

Power 97 has become the first North American radio declare a KISS-free zone, joining others in the U.K. and Australia.

The move comes just days after the outspoken KISS bass player said those fighting depression should simply kill themselves rather than complain.

"I'm the guy who says 'Jump!' when there's a guy on top of a building who says, 'That's it, I can't take it anymore, I'm going to jump.'" Simmons said in an interview with SongFacts.com late last month. "Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the f--- up, have some dignity and jump!"

When Rock and Roll All Nite came on the airwaves around 7 a.m., morning show host T.J. Connors couldn't help but think of what Simmons had said.

"When the song was on, my blood started boiling," Connors said, adding he then looked up the quote and started tearing it down, live on air.

"I basically just spoke from the heart," Connors said. "And when I put it out there I said, quite frankly, I don't really want to hear Gene Simmons as part of my morning show anymore."

At 8:55 a.m., brand director Jason Manning came on air and, with Connors, declared Power 97 had banned KISS and Gene Simmons from its airwaves.

Connors said there have been a few detractors, but the vast majority of e-mails, social media posts, and phone calls have been positive.

"Maybe he can learn a lesson from this, realize it's not a cry for attention, it's a cry for help," Connors said. "He's a guy who notoriously all he does is cry for attention, that's why he said something so outlandish."


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