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Female jock accuses Atlanta radio station owner of sexual harassment

Defendant is Enoch Kirkwood, cited as owner of Jamz 92.3/101

Posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

A radio jock at what was called Jamz 101 has filed a lawsuit in the state court of Fulton County for sexual harassment against the radio station owner Enoch Kirkwood and his company Sky Sports LLC. 

Tra’Keiyah Carter, who worked as an evening jock for the station last year, said on the first day at work, Kirkwood massaged her neck, shoulders and back. Soon after, the lawsuit said, he asked if she “liked to get nasty with the music late at night. Ms. Carter informed Kirkwood that his making unwanted sexually charged comments to her were inappropriate.”

But he kept making sexual remarks to her, asking if she “liked” men “and” women. She declined to discuss her sex life with him, according to the lawsuit.

She said in her lawsuit she was so afraid of being by herself with himm she had her roommate Jennifer McQuiller stay outside while she did her night shift. She said on September 1, he hugged her and grabbed her butt without her permission. 

“Due to Kirkwood’s constant touching, grabbing and sexual comments,” the lawsuit said, “Plaintiff decided to resign.” 

She said he created a “hostile work environment” and “failed to take appropriate remedial actions to correct the sexual harassment.”

Parker is seeking general damages for mental and emotional suffering caused by Kirkwood’s alleged actions as well as punitive damages. 

I could not reach Kirkwood for comment. I used Nexis/Lexis and found several phone numbers attached to his name, none which worked or were answered. 

Jamz recently moved to 92.3 from the HD2 channel at 101.5 and became Power 92.3 Jamz. (Yes, that’s a confusing name and there is already an IHeartMedia top 40 station in the market called Power 96.1.)

Neil Hopper, who runs Immanuel Broadcasting, said his company owns the 92.3 signal and leases it to the hip-hop station. He said he has never dealt with Kirkwood.

“I have been dealing with this company for several months now and I have yet to speak with an Enoch,” Hopper wrote via email. “None of my documents have Enoch in any form of leadership or management.”

He reached out to 92.3 management and they declined to comment about this, he said, or any other matter. (I requested a contact number for Larry Edwards, who is the other person I know is affiliated with the company, but he said he could not do that.)

Kirkwood’s supposed Twitter page features a phone number that doesn’t work and a website that has nothing on it. The last time Kirkwood posted anything, it was May 27 promoting the Power 92.3 Jamz radio station. 

Power 92.3 currently has a morning show led by Shekinah Anderson, who has 2.7 million followers

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.