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Wow, I came in on this conversation way late. I do have to say I'm on the side of the students here. There's no denying that the station is not even comparable to the way it was and it has a lot to do with Benny, but without the students there would be no station. Can we at least all agree on that much?
I hope that the students that have worked so hard at that station, ie: Brock and Jeremiah Lewis, truly benefit from the time they spent down there. If Benny isn't the type of guy that would give a GLOWING reference for those guys, it's really too bad because I know those two, and lots of other students whose names I don't know, worked their butts off to make sure that station stayed consistent, relevant, and fun.
I would love for Benny to weigh in on this subject. Maybe he could shed some light on why some people feel disenfranchised about his role at the station and how he deals with students.
College radio should be nothing but a fun learning experience for radio geeks like us. I got my start there when it was still the Torch. To the guys at the Funhouse, we did the best we could with NO direction. There was no supervision or guidance from the school, so we made the best of it. Sorry you thought it was so terrible, but all I can say is "What did you expect?" I work in "corporate" radio here in Knoxville. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience at the River, but I think you might just be a little sour with your situation. My job is more than stable and I have a blast. I guess I'm saying don't hate.
Anyway, I wish the best for the station and I really hope for the students' sake that it's a good experience and that Benny will create team atmosphere so future radio nerds can see how fun radio can be.
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