Today I received an email from Patrick Michaels, who wrote about the action he has taken following the recent spate of events at KKCR that saw three programmers being taken off the air and the gates to the station locked on at least four occasions.
This is what the email said, and all of the words that follow in this post are his:
For the five years I've been back and forth to Kauai, from NY, where I come from a long family line of broadcasting professionals, I've often wondered about the 'community standards' claim of KKCR. This last, arbitrary approach, foisted on the community by the largely white, organic, and inclusive folks, headed by folks like 'Ann of Avalon' [Ann West] etc, pushed a major button for me.
So, without further adieu, I simply exercised my citizen's and community members rights, and requested, of the five commissioners of the FCC, that an investigation be launched into the business practices, the management approaches, and the wholesale disregard for FCC rules, that KKCR represents.
Now, let's see how many folks stay on the air, when a simple matter like a time and station check gets missed, which I understand from observation and listening, is considered an infringement on FREE speech and expression, by most of the 'players' at KKCR's amateur, volunteer group.
I've been professionally and personally shunned by the core group, mostly due to, in my view, having crossed paths, unfavorably with Ms. Anne of Avalon, who's power behind the scenes, and on microphone, are typical of the 'non community' focus approach. In fact, that person, among others, has a lock on the pursestrings of KKCR, and the direction of programming, whether it's admitted or not.
Hope that KKCR has their license suspended, and a core group of professionals, can reinstate what was stolen, from the original group that formed that entity in 1994.
I've sent the same information to Dove and Ken at KKCR. I'm no secret to them, as I was among the community activists that turned them in for FCC violations, which prompted the on air folks to grumble about freedom of expression, and some of them to be 'bridled'. I'm no fan of the management or Lady Anne of Avalon, since it's a shame that one group can dictate what 'community standards' represent. One reason I'm sure that Larry [LaSota] didn't last as GM, is that the organic tribe diluted his intentions, step by step.
btw, I'm a long time broadcasting professional, going back to being on air at the ripe age of 11 in NY Metro area.