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March 26, 2008

Who will be next on the milk carton?

I sent an email to Rick Staeb, GM of Cascade Radio Group suggesting they communicate with their listeners about what’s going on at KGMI.

First the mysterious and super secret new radio station.
Next, Debbie Chavez disappears with all references to her existence erased like a cheap spy movie.
Now Lynne Rainey?
A lot of people continue to arrive at my blog via a search for Debbie and more recently Lynne. I’m sure some are rubber neckers, but I am also sure that many are genuinely concerned.
Your station’s silence and secrecy is certainly not an endearing quality. If you feel your station’s actions regarding these situations is on the up and up, then you might want to explain to your listeners what has gone on and what changes might be expected in the future.

7 of 10 KGMIA week later now and no news nor email reply. I didn’t really have any expectation; just hope that perhaps he would explain where they are going with people and programming.

I’m not implying that Cascade has any legal responsibility to inform their audience of how they conduct business, but they may just want to show some level of concern for how their audience may be feeling. Maybe something along the lines of we are doing some restructuring due to personalities leaving the station for personal reasons, or we are dropping some local programming in favor of more profitable national show. We don’t know; the guys at Cascade do, and that’s the whole point.

And people haven’t stopped searching for what happened to Debbie Chavez. There was only the short blurb in the Herald with rumors filling the comments, and frankly if her situation was an isolated incident I’m sure people would have dropped it by now. But rather than being isolated, it was a part of a string of weird stuff.

One day I was entertained to find that someone Googled “Lynne Rainey sucks.” In fact I emailed her, thinking she might get a laugh. But the next day I saw that people were Googling “Lynne Rainey fired.” And Poof! She’s gone, and PM Bellingham goes from conservative leaning, to Joe Teehan. Not even outrageous, but entertaining, liberal Joe Teehan, but some bland tasting Joe you would expect from a Saturday morning show. And what happened to the Liberal Outpost? It recently seemed missing from both KGMI and KBAI. One thing I heard people were concerned about after Debbie’s disappearance was that conservative shows were getting the axe, but now it seems to me it is local programming that is on the chopping block.

As a Whatcom County resident I’m a little unhappy to have less local programming, but as a conservative, I’m certainly happy to have more national conservative radio programming. Local conservative programs may not fare well against nationally produced progressive shows but, across the board, national conservative radio stomps the national liberal/progressive programming. Again we don’t know what kind of wrangling is going on in the Cascade group, but if it shapes up to conservative KGMI and progressive KBAI, then I foresee conservative values taking a sharp rise in Whatcom County and Bellingham.

That’s my happy thought for today.

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