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There's way too much editorializing going on, including many of the posts I've read here and it seems many of you have lost your direction when it comes to the most important element...keeping new music alive and well at the station. My first day at 90.3 I recall Benny telling me that the most important thing was keeping the music first, no matter what. Anyway, I started out there doing jobs such as both talking with and contacting labels and promoters in order to get more shows in town. We'd promote the shows ourselves with hopes of starting a music scene in the area. Anyway, I also was given the opportunity by Benny to help out with the music programming. He was very supportive of my efforts and as an end result I was able to start my own specialty show, Heavy Alternative. During that time I learned a great deal about programming, unerwriting, working with labels, bands, publicity and being an on-air personality which had a great deal to do with my wanting to become an entertainer. Recently I've come back to help keep the station on the air and very much admire the work that Dina, Jo and so many others have put in to help keep the station grooving. We can all be thankful Benny showed back up in 2002 before the station no longer existed, and that's not taking anything away from Jay, Tony, Derek, Rob, Brock, Michael or any of the many people like ourselves who at one time or the other have put their hearts and souls into keeping the station alive and well. Benny would be the first to tell you that he couldn't do what he does full-time and beyond without the support of all the volunteers who've helped the station hang on with next to no financial support from the university for 26 years. All that being said I say we get back to the issue at hand...and that's to get some funding together to help cover operational costs, updating and repairing equipment,etc. Benny has his hands full with just running the station and and he needs more help when it comes to funding research and development; that's a full-time job in itself, for those of you with little if any experience in this area. If the communications department wants to continue requiring their students spend time at the station then they need to get more involved in making things easier for the station to operate financially so Benny and others there at 90.3 can spend more time training students. And isn't that the most important thing here instead of talking about who has done what and when or whether they've been recognized for their efforts? I want to thank all who've been involved with the station from the bottom of my heart for all the time, work and money you've both made and donated in helping make 90.3 what it is today.
Additionally, I do agree that the Metro Pulse could have taken more time to work on this story. Yes, the story needed to stay focused on the station and the needs it has that are primary to its long-term survival. And I also recognize that the Metro Pulse, like any other newspaper or media outlet has deadlines that must be met. But Journalism 101 says that you should have at least two sources for your story, at least that's the way it used to be before politicizing and editorializing took over the media business. The "just the facts, ma'm " mentality that made the newspaper business great is now long gone and dead.
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