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Funkydale: CDA Residents Decide Where KVNI Goes

Funkydale: QueenB still has to broadcast in the public interest and yes, serve the public with a required amount of public affairs programming per week— the morning show doing most of that. Travis Malone is a standup guy, he loves radio and loves the people of CDA. He’s been put in a precarious position and is not a replacement to Dick Haugen, so don’t think he had anything to do with Dick’s termination, because that’s not his style. As you may remember when Hough retired, Dick had to win over the audience of KVNI listeners, and did it with class. Dick didn’t replace Hough, and Travis won’t replace Dick. Each of them have/had their own talent and repore with us. Whether KXLY brass know it or not, the people of CDA can decide where KVNI goes. I agree with Bill, local news is a money pit that doesn’t make financial sense for a station like KVNI. Commercial radio is a business and makes money off public airwaves. Radio companies, large and small have gutted all local news staffs and the public has let them get away with it. Listen to KVNI, call up management, and give them a piece of your mind. Better yet, write a letter and send a copy to the FCC. If you don’t like the oldies format and farmed-out voicetracks, say so. If you think Dick Haugen had a bum deal, say that too. It’s not KXLY Marketing’s job to care about history and what’s important to the people in CDA, Mr. Nelson probably never listened to KVNI for 10 hours in the past year. Marketing doesn’t care and management doesn’t care, as evidenced by the Doo-Wappin’ oldies format they contracted from New Generation Broadcasting in Las Vegas here. Sound familiar? You can find out how they do it here. KVNI deserves better, and the people of CDA deserve better.

DFO: I still haven’t tuned in since KXLY gave Dick the boot. (Nothing personal, Travis.) I pity the poor fool(s) KXLY brings in to do the morning show.


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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