I head out of paradise tomorrow and back into the crowded streets of urban
America. I want to bid you all a fond farewell. I will miss KMUN, the Gem of
the North Coast, and all of you who make it the jewel it is. I've had such a
marvelous time these past two (almost) years managing KMUN and working with and
getting to know you.
I want to thank you all for your support, patience and understanding during
my surgery, chemo and radiation treatments. My long-term prognosis is good,
however the illness and its treatment brought into relief the fact that Buzz and
I wish to be together more than we are apart. Which is, of course, the reason
I am heading east.
In an age of ever-increasing media consolidation, KMUN provides an
independent voice of and for the residents of the Lower Columbia-Pacific region and
central Oregon coast. This is something to be quite proud of...and to guard
zealously. Rest assured that I leave the station in excellent hands. Interim
manager Victoria Stoppiello is a brilliant woman with significant management
background, including community-radio management. The field of candidates for the
permanent GM position is rich. The station's governing board is made up of
responsible, dedicated community leaders, including two new members. (Welcome
Russ and Margarita!)
I am very proud of our accomplishments and thank you for the tremendous
amount of effort you have put into the station during my tenure. Consider what
we've done as a team:
- Created a topnotch local-news and public-affairs service where there was
- Built a fabulous addition to Tillicum House where there was a rotted porch;
- Brightened up the staff's work spaces and created a meeting room (with an
excellent view) with paint and carpeting and a reconfiguration of desks;
-Created a new office adjacent to the station manager's office and an
engineering workroom in the basement;
- Installed a back-up generator, so when our area loses power we can bring
our listeners important information about school closures, weather, and --
although I hope we never have to -- future man-made or natural disasters.
How did we do it? With the sweat of volunteers and staff and through the
generosity of members, foundations and underwriters. Congratulations and many,
many thanks for your help!
One final note: thanks to all the Morning Classics programmers for their
patience and understanding as the station tries to balance its truly wonderful
classical programming with its public-service mission. Things will work out,
don't despair! And never give up on the station -- your collective musical
contribution is one of the reasons the station stands out as unique, diverse,
cultured and sophisticated.