Joshua “Crisco Kidd” Carmona has stepped down from his afternoon show on Riviera Broadcasting rhythmic CHR “Power 98.3” KKFR Phoenix to run for mayor of the city.
“With the events that have affected our city since March, and our elected officials' lack of response and leadership, my mind and my heart, feel it it’s time to represent and serve the people of Phoenix,” Carmona said in a release.
Carmona announced his decision to enter the mayoral race at Rivera Broadcasting’s Media Room on Thursday morning (Sept. 24). Campaigning under the slogan “It’s Time Phoenix,” Carmona has launched a website and social media platforms. His time in Phoenix and community and business work in the city are detailed on the website, along with highlights of his radio past in Houston, Albuquerque, Dallas and Southern California. Carmona is also a weekend personality on Pitbull’s Globalization channel on SiriusXM.
“This has been a passion of Crisco’s for quite some time now and we should always believe in our people when they want to step out and try something new,” KKFR Program Director Complex told Inside Radio. “It is important to him and to us at the station to show that anyone can make a change if they put their heart and soul into it.”
Carmona’s platforms include Education and Child Protection, Police Funding and Community Relations, Small Business and Development and Homelessness. He will be a write-in candidate for the election that is five weeks away that includes incumbent Mayor Kate Gallego, former Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Merissa Hamilton, businessman Tim Seay and fellow write-in candidate Juan Schoville.
Midday personality Gello will handle afternoons at KKFR on an interim basis.