WCSG general manager speaks out on Balyo sex crimes arrest

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Former Christian radio host John Balyo is expected in court Monday afternoon on first degree criminal sex charges involving children. This morning WCSG's general manager, Chris Lemke, addressed the scandal on-air.

"The WCSG family was shocked and saddened to learn WCSG Morning Show host, John Balyo was arrested amid allegations which have since then been much publicized," said Lemke. "On Saturday, WCSG and Cornerstone University ended its affiliation with John."

Immediately following his arrest, WCSG executives placed Balyo on paid administrative leave. But within 24 hours, the station had severed ties with the troubled D.J. Monday morning, Lemke, who is also the executive director of Cornerstone University, hit the air waves and did more damage control.

"I want you, our radio family, to know that more than ever WCSG exists to serve as a Christ centered influence through compelling content, relevant platforms and passionate relationships," said Lemke. "Our vision is to be an encouraging and engaging media influence for Christ and his church, his kingdom and you here in West Michigan and around the world."

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35-year old John Balyo is accused of paying another man to arrange sex with underage boys. The Christian D.J. hosted the morning show at WCSG Radio, which is owned by Cornerstone University.

Lemke reminded his Christian audience that "absolutely no one is immune from falling into the darkness of sin." He then prayed that any broken trust be restored.

"We sincerely grieve over these recent events our family is deeply aching and know that you may be hurting as well. Over the next few weeks we request and pray in earnest for John, his family, our team here at WCSG that God's people will not lose heart and most certainly please pray for the victims related in the allegations."

Lemke did not comment on why the station decided to fire Balyo instead of keeping him on paid leave until the case runs its course.

Federal investigators say Balyo's was arrest was part of a larger effort, called "Operation Predator" its goal is to protect children from sexual predators.

John Balyo is expected to be arraigned in Calhoun County Court at 1:30 p.m.


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