Doesn't it seem like a conflict of interest to hire the leader of the competition? Perhaps Gunsalus & Richmond are banking on Cleary's good reputation in the community to deflect further criticism and deeper probing into what is really going on. And who are they going to ax? There are only 6 paid staff members at KHSU anyways.
Pam Long just started KHSU in December 2007 and was doing lots of great things. Her resignation raises serious red flags about the role of the University, especially the infamous Rob Gunsalus. Time to ask some serious questions about what really is going on.
The Arcata Eye article is spot on for the most part. Betsy is known for being aloof and disingenuous. However, many of the nameless insiders quoted in the article are most likely volunteers and ex-staff members who have less than perfect track records. KHSU was dysfunctional long before Betsy ever showed up.
While there is much speculation at hand over the future of KHSU, one thing is for sure. There is a hell of a lot more going on than what is being printed in the paper. The difficulty of deciphering the situation with KHSU and the HSU administration is separating the politics from the personalities. It is a tangled web indeed. Before taking sides on the issue all should be advised to be cautious, as one never know what motivates the choices and actions of the key players involved and there are likely more players behind the scenes. Management and administrators tend to keep cards close to their chest and only tell lower level staffers the bare minimum.
A very telling comment is this quote from an ex KHSU staff member that in the Eureka Reporter: "Culbertson said one veteran of 45 years in the business said he’d "never seen a university that has taken over membership of the station not sell the license within five years because it’s going under."" (http://eurekareporter.com/article/080722-hsu-responds-to-radio-station-rumors)
Even if all the pieces of the puzzle are not apparent, one thing is certain, the HSU Administration does not have the best interests of the station nor the community at heart. Keep digging. The sordid truth is out there.
KHSU is not not the first nor last department on campus to be strong-armed by Rob Gunsalus. Essentially, he is a $180,000 fundraising henchman. KHSU may have its faults, but this type of intervention is preposterous and will only weaken the station further. Goodbye free speech and all that public radio stands for.
In Print This Week:
Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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