So many have been asking me what happened at KCMJ, I finally decided the story must be told. Here is what I know: http://www.mycoloradogazette.com/profiles/…
Ryan Hannigan wrote "It seems like many of the local live shows have been "stolen" by some other entity." I believe that is a reference to the new Studio 809 podcast network several former KCMJ hosts/volunteers have launched (myself included). We are not encouraging any shows to leave KCMJ. However, we are providing a warm, positive, nurturing environment for any shows that no longer feel they can make it work at KCMJ. I personally hope they are all back on KCMJ one day. The existence of Studio 809 is not a cause of what Gary wrote about. It's a symptom.
We love KRCC, but we are committed to filling the void. The voices that conservative corporate media shut out, KCMJ will offer a microphone. Any voices that KRCC cannot carry, KCMJ will step up. KRCC will continue to serve a very important purpose and provide real value in our community. But it seems if you want to hear something like Democracy Now, you'll need to turn to KCMJ. We are also running Talk Nation Radio, Alternative Radio, Bioneers, Counterspin, Radio Ecoshock, Free Speech Radio News and Community Progressive News. What can I say? Thank goodness!
GM & Public Affairs Program Director of KCMJ Community Radio
Thanks for the lowdown on this, Pam Zubeck. We'll be discussing the Comcast franchise agreement live on We Have Issues today on community radio station KCMJ. You can listen at kcmj.org and you can call in at 722-3180.
You can be pessimistic about it, as some commenters here suggest, or you can hope for the best. Two good things can happen here:
1. Informed people who are too busy or are disenchanted and think their vote might not count could be motivated to give it a go.
2.People who want to go party may put voting on their to-do list and decide they'd better study up. Sometimes we can harness peer pressure for good.
Will a few dazed and confused just fill out a ballot mindlessly so they can get cheaper drinks at a party? Perhaps. Not sure their random influence could be much worse than the mindless party-line voting that goes on all the time.
Looking forward to having Carrie and Jen in the KCMJ Community Radio studio at noon today to share more about this effort and the party. Join us at kcmj.org/listen
It would be nice to have some speedy, convenient, mass transit. But I'm not willing to live in a multi-million person metro area to have it. "Booming" cities, suburban expansion, and even infill to a degree, are all throwbacks to an old paradigm - the paradigm of growth. Yet in Colorado we have it on good authority there is not water to meet the needs of the huge population that results from continuing this "boom" mentality.
It's time for our state, and even the town of Bedrock, to reject the last century's growth paradigm. It hasn't balanced the city budget or even filled the potholes in decades. Let's have some new thinking about having a beautiful city that's great to live in and meets our needs. The drug of growth is not going to deliver on that. It hasn't for decades; we're just slow to recognize it because that mythology is so strong (and an addict always thinks another hit will ease the pain of withdrawal). More rooftops drain our city of money faster than they fill it. Even poaching jobs from other cities and states has its problems - typically people and rooftops follow those jobs, and we don't need a bigger population that costs more to serve than it is willing to pay in taxes.
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