It’s no secret that I’ve been critical of the way that KRCL 90.9FM has been programmed and run over the past several years since the Board of Trustees hired on Vicki Mann. Since Ms. Mann has been on board, the station declined immensely in the quality of the music being played during the weekday programming hours.

In early April, I sent a letter to the Board of Trustees to try and enlist their aid in turning things around.

It is also no secret that I have long been a fan of LITTLE BIT LOUDER NOW, w/ Bad Brad Wheeler; not so much because of the specific music that Brad played on his show, but because he took chances, he thought about the events of the day, and curated his playlist accordingly, whereas the rest of the daytime DJs played the same saccharine “adult album alternative” music as local commercial stations.

There is a reason why Brad was always the biggest on-air fundraiser. And with Brad’s announcement of his resignation today, the station has just lost my support.

I am cancelling my current pledge. I urge others who feel the same way that I do to do the same. If you are unhappy with the direction that the station has been going, then why should you continue to financially support the station.

The only tool that we have at our disposal is our dollars. If you are an underwriter, know an underwriter, or patronize the business of an underwriter, I urge you to cancel your support, let the underwriters know how you feel, and urge them to reconsider their financial support as well.

Vicki Mann has successfully drained all the lifeblood out of the station. Perhaps it is now time to either put the station out of its misery, or to pressure the Board to do whatever is necessary to revive the station by cleaning house amongst the management, starting with the immediate termination of Ms. Mann’s employment.

It may be too late to convince Brad to stay on at the station … and that’s okay. It’s not about Brad, it’s about the station making a connection to the community; and the last thread tying me to station has just been cut.

To read a copy of the letter I sent in early April, please click the link at the bottom of this post.

And please contact the station and the members of the board to express your feelings.

Email: chip.luman@gmail.com (Chair, Board of Trustees), board@krcl.org (Board of Trustees), vickim@krcl.org, Vicki Mann (Station Manager)

KRCL Daytime Programming Letter

And please sign the petition: