Jody Watley Barred From Talking About Gay Games During Chicago Radio Interview

Thu. July 27, 2006 12:00 AM by Kevin Wayne

Chicago, IL - READ Story Update July 30, 2006: includes V103 response to the original article

Chicago’s V103 (WVAZ-FM) during an interview with Jody Watley reportedly refused to allow her to discuss her upcoming appearance at the Gay Games. Watley performed at the opening ceremonies on July 15 at Soldier Field.

According to, a disc jockey gave Watley instructions before her live in-studio interview not to discuss the Gay Games. The unnamed disc jockey attributed the decision to V103’s station manager. Watley complied with the gag order.

Author Keith Boykin, who also appeared at the opening ceremonies, says Watley shared details in a conversation backstage at Soldier Field before the opening. "I was surprised but I wasn’t really surprised," Watley told Boykin.

WVAZ is a Clear Channel Communications property which also owns WGCI and WKSC (KISS-FM) and several other Chicago radio stations. Watley appeared on KISS-FM the day before and openly discussed her appearance at the Gay Games.

Clear Channel recently launched Pride Radio on the HD side channel of WKSC (KISS-FM) with content designed especially for Chicago’s gay and lesbian population. tried unsuccessfully to contact WVAZ general manager Earl Jones for comment.

Chicago-native Watley is a Grammy-Award winning artist who has sold more the 20 million albums and singles worldwide.

READ Story Update July 30, 2006: includes V103 response to the original article

Photo: Jody Watley performs at the Gay Games Opening Ceremony at Chicago's Soldier Field.
Photo by: Frank Failing, Male Image Photography