Anon 5:39pm asks - "Doesn’t it seem like a conflict of interest to hire the leader of the competition?"
Evidently this one sentence from the gunsalus press release is supposed to erase any concerns:
"I will approve all new underwriting contracts and review any loss of underwriters. I will also review programming changes with an eye toward how they affect KHSU's positioning in the market, especially as they relate to Lost Coast Communications."
That's it? Seems kind of thin.
> "Who’s going to run KHSU?"
former coop interim gen man
As usual, nobody knows what you're talking about
Letter from khsu community group member to khsu pres richmond
Dear Dr. Richmond -
I write to you as a concerned community member, an alum of HSU, and a member of KHSU's advisory board, CAG. It is very clear that there is a great community swell of displeasure in the current events of the station. As of last Wednesday, 7/30/08, there had been 42 logged comments via the KHSU listener comment line and website, several newspaper articles written in 4 local periodicals, several letters to the editor's of those periodicals, 200 community members in attendance at the CAG meeting of whom only 20 had a chance to speak, and many, many comments via local blogs and conversations.
Public radio is supported in no small part by the resources of the community in which it serves. KHSU is no exception, and in many ways more so. The Redwood Curtain has created an even greater need in this community and there is no lacking in talent or desire for that medium. We do now, however, have the webstream, and the KHSU listenership encompasses very many alumni, former and future Humboldt county residents, and Internet savvy citizens in many far off parts of this fine planet.
It is a great mistake to have a newcomer to this community in the person of VP Rob Gunsalus oversee any change to KHSU. It is obvious that he has no hand on the pulse of this locale and has met with great resistance. This resistance is not likely to letup, and if anything, it will get stronger in that it will turn into a decrease of financial support to KHSU. I have heard from several sources that contributors are asking for their recently given financial support to be returned. This is in addition to current KHSU underwriters now withholding their annual renewals and instead renewing on only a 3 month we-shall-see basis, leading of course, to the inability for KHSU's ability to budget in the longer term, extra work on the part of the underwriting staff, and detraction from acquiring new underwriters.
In addition, KHSU staff morale and productivity has been fractured. Volunteer morale is shaky. The only happy folk are the people who did not care for Elizabeth Hans McCrone, not a large faction. (I want to say that since the removal of Charles Horn one year ago, Elizabeth was becoming much more of an effective GM, and that his presence may have been quite detrimental to her having an earlier success in that position. As it was stated that her removal was not due to work performance, this may not need mentioning.) This turn of events is not just about the removal of the General Manager, but the very vision that Mr. Gunsalus mentions but does not clarify. He has managed, however, to alienate every component of the KHSU listening community.
I ask that you take this seriously. I do believe that he may feel quite badly about this, but I think he has made some serious blunders in his capacity as overseer of KHSU. The KHSU CAG is quite at odds with his planned revision of their Bylaws and purpose.
There are several other points in question. I would be glad to list them but I do believe that you are aware of them.
"KHSU is owned and operated by the CSU Board of Trustees, which is an instrumentality of the State of California."
Somebody please tell this guy he's not writing a thesis. Educated fool.
Talk about more to the story.
Arcata Eye"To hear associates tell it, when finally confronted with the accumulated job performance issues, McCrone played the administration, station community and media against each other, stirring fears of loss of cherished programs and possible financial misfeasance by administrators."
I was on campus during the time when she was moved by the president from head of community relations to interim GM of KHSU. I only knew her by reputation, but it seemed obvious she was being dumped on them because he didn't have confidence working with her as the main spokesperson for the university.
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