Happy New Year!
Hope everyone had a happy and safe celebration last night. Charlotte and I stayed home, popped open a bottle of bubbly and snuggled up in front of the TV and watched Marx Brothers movies on TCM. Heading back to the radio Tuesday. No more days off until the Big Adventure on the 19th.
Meanwhile, I would just like to echo my closing monologue from Friday and once again point out what a great year 2006 was for KVEC and Hometown Radio.
2006 was the year we finally started streaming on the Internet and began podcasting. There is a complete inventory of our shows dating back to August 1 available at http://www.920kvec.com. I think it’s fantastic to finally have that 21st century technology available in such a small radio market. Obviously another big plus for me was the addition of this blog, allowing us to continue the debate 24/7. I look forward to making this blog even better this year.
Tom and I remain thrilled to have King Harris back in the KVEC family. He and Ben are doing a bang-up job in the mornings from 6 to 9 with First News. Speaking of news directors, Suzan Vaughn, a KVEC stalwart from the ’90s just emailed me to announce that she and her hubby hope to move back to the Central Coast from Washington in about six months. Looking forward to having Suzan back in the guest pool.
Looking back, I’m very pleased with how our show did this last year — we spotlighted important community events and nonprofit organizations, found homes for needy dogs and cats and gave voice to people like Marilyn Farhat about Lebanon and Carrie Burton, the housewife trying to build a fence in Morro Bay to protect school children. We tried to provide in-depth election coverage and I thought we played a role in the defeat of those “good old boy” candidates up in Atascadero. Al Brill, the Consumer Guy, did a great job in showcasing shoddy housing developments in the county and we held Cuesta’s feet to the fire in trying to figure out the msytery behind their bond measure. I’m very proud of all those segments, and more.
So on to a new year, new voices and new topics. On Tuesday, Bob Sachs discusses the growing anti-American sentiment he finds in Europe. On Wednesday, Guy Murray and Mike Eisner address incorporation for Nipomo and Frank Kassak proposed an alcohol tax to pay for cops in SLO. And Friday is the big 15th anniversary broadcast with John Lindsey from PG&E, a visit from Miss Etiquette and live music from Bob and Wendy.
Happy 2007 to us all!