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Re: “Peirone Prize Winner - Jamie Borgan

Every word of this is true, Jamie is an inspiration and if there were more people with her morals, heart and compassion then this world would indeed be a more beautiful place. Thank you Jamie for all you do!!! I couldn´t think of a nicer person to receive this award!

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Posted by aajohnson on 07/19/2012 at 6:15 AM

Re: “Tale of Two Stations

What is so wrong with wanting to be open minded and hear from all community members? a place where people are brave enough to debate an issue, where people can get information to make informed decisions? Why would anyone want to censor any voice? what do we fear that we are not willing to at least have the conversation? and where if not the community radio station can we hear these conversations?

Posted by aajohnson on 03/17/2011 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Tale of Two Stations

Rose, thank you for your support. I know when you were fired you were silenced and never had a chance to be heard, I am hoping that now you will have that opportunity that you were previously denied.
While I do have some personnel issues my main concern is in the way in which the station is being ran, this is not a personnel issue this is a public issue because KYRS claims to be a community radio station where listeners, members, and programmers involvement is not only welcome but imperative to the mission of the station.
In the past 7 years that I have been with KYRS I have slowly seen the structure system change from one of inclusion by many to one of exclusion. There is no system in which I am allowed to air my grievances, those structures have been removed and replaced by a hierarchical system with no evaluation or accountability. I have tried on several occasions to air my views to the management but those concerns have fallen on deaf ears.
I believe that if this station is truly “listener supported and volunteer ran” that those individuals deserve to be heard and that transparency and inclusion once again become part of KYRS. I believe that the KYRS listeners are open minded enough to discern between opposing views. I believe that hate is hate and that censorship is censorship and if we refuse to hear from those we disagree with, if we refuse to have those conversations, open debate and challenge those points of view then we are living in a vacuum and are then as bad as those this station was founded to be an alternative to. How can you claim to be a community station that is inclusive if only one individual is deciding for every KYRS listener what is and is not heard based on their own personal bias?
For the record to respond to the previous post, while I do have a second part time job, I did not plan on quitting KYRS until August after the station goes full power. KYRS has never been a "job" for me, it has been my passion and a station that until recently I truly believed in. The Rebbecca Mack incident was just my breaking point. I must live my conscious and can no longer be responsible for excluding voices based on religion or political beliefs. I believe in what KYRS was founded to be and I do not believe that the community supports a community station that shrouds itself in censorship or exclusion. Either we are “listener supported community radio” or we are not? If there is no transparency then the listeners, members and community are not really part of the station. Whose radio station is it? It is Your Radio Station and I think all those who keep KYRS on the air broadcasting should be included and heard! That is what I am asking for, answers, transparency, accountability, and non-discrimination.
I still believe in peace, social, economic and environmental justice, human rights, democracy, multiculturalism, freedom of expression and social change.
in peace,
Angela Johnson
Former Program DIrecto
KYRS Thin Air Community Radio
www.kyrs.org - donate online
Spring on-air pledge drive March 21-27

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Posted by aajohnson on 03/17/2011 at 10:10 AM

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