Frank Kramer of the KLOS show ‘Frosty, Heidi & Frank’ reveals his childhood sexual abuse during an emotional show on #MeToo stories
By Peter Larsen
Weekday mornings usually find the DJ crew of Frosty, Heidi and Frank on KLOS-95.5/FM cracking jokes, riffing on the news and sports, talking to entertainers and athletes, and generally goofing off for the enjoyment of their fans.
So the topic on Tuesday already was more serious than most – inviting listeners to call in and share their #MeToo stories of sexual harassment and abuse, a topic that’s been in the headlines in recent weeks since the scandal of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein broke.
And it got even more real when Frank Kramer, in a raw and emotional moment early in the show, decided to share his own story of being abused as a child not only with co-hosts Frosty Stillwell and Heidi Hamilton but with the entire KLOS audience as well.
“Now here’s the thing,” Kramer said after a call with a man who described being abused when he was a child. “I was molested when I was a little kid.”
He paused, and in a show built around non-stop chatter, there’s a long moment of silence before Kramer cleared his throat and continued.
“I was little, little,” he continued.
“So you realize, that hashtag #MeToo, it’s not just women, it’s all of us,” Hamilton said.
“Frank, you’ve never talked about this before,” Stillwell said. “I’m so sorry.”
Kramer went on to describe how he’d buried the abuse by someone close to his family – but not a family member – and the shame he felt because of it for years, only sharing the story with his wife, and eventually a therapist he’s seen to work through those memories.
“The thing is, what I’ve learned is, who was doing it to me, probably had it done to them,” Kramer said. “It’s like this cycle. So it’s opening up dialogue now, that we could, as […]