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Welcome Laura ingraham

Starting Monday from 6 to 9 a.m., KVEC will present right-wing talker Laura Ingraham in place of the traditional morning news. So the new programming line-up will be Laura, followed by Rush, then Sean and then Matt and I with Hometown Radio from 3 to 7.

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  1. Larry in San Luis
    December 1, 2007 at 7:28 am

    Sad sad times are coming. Morning news from 6 to 9 have been a must for us. No More.

    Radio will not be tuned to 920 before 3PM when you come on.

    I have listened to KVEC from the first day it
    broadcast.

    The local people are the only ones that make KVEC a good station.

    Keep up the good work,

  2. New KCBX Listener
    December 1, 2007 at 7:50 am

    what? KVEC couldn’t get Michael Savage?

    “Ingraham, while writing for The Dartmouth Review in the mid-1980s, once attended meetings of a gay student organization for the purpose of publicly outing them in the newspaper. Ingraham secretly taped a meeting of the Gay Students Association, then published the transcript, identifying students by name and calling them “sodomites”.

    According to Ingraham, however, she attended the meetings to report in the newspaper how tuition money was being spent.

    Jeffrey Hart, faculty advisor to the Dartmouth Review, later wrote in The Weekly Standard that Ingraham held “the most extreme anti-homosexual views imaginable” as an undergraduate, and that she avoided a local restaurant for fear that gay waiters might touch her silverware or spit on her food, exposing her to AIDS.”

  3. Anonymous
    December 1, 2007 at 8:23 am

    I support the new programming! Let’s give it a chance!!

  4. Anonymous
    December 1, 2007 at 8:29 am

    KVECrap

  5. Jen in LO
    December 1, 2007 at 8:47 am

    Well, Merry Christmas King and Ben from El Dorado. Ugh. So now we’re down to listening only from 3-7.

    Hometown radio indeed.

  6. Anonymous
    December 1, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    This is bad! Why listened in the morning? Its going to be like every other station in our area.
    No local Weather reports, No local traffic reports, No local guest.

    I wish I could watch KSBY TV while driving to work, at least they have local weather and traffic reports.

    Maybe another station could pick-up Ben and King, The station that did would bring in a a lot of advertisement money.

    I will miss KVEC a lot during the morning hours. I will still turn in during the afternoon hours during my drive home.

    Pete

  7. diane from Nipomo
    December 1, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Laura Ingraham is too high order for most any of us at that hour – I know I for one will not be listening. I listen to Ben & King to find out what’s going on and usually a good laugh is involved. Also I get the traffic every 10 minutes.

    Perhaps history will repeat itself. I will just say the words John Lindsey – maybe El Dorado will come around like PG & E. If not, I don’t think they know their market very well. Or maybe they want us to switch over to Bill and Amy, they also do traffic. I’d certainly watch my back if I were you.

  8. Walter in Cayucos
    December 1, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    Sad to hear the news but you got to turn the page.Let’s see some room on the El Dorado schedule for Dr. Michael Savage. Have Dave and Matt do some traffic updates during local break times to keep it local. King and Ben will find something far far better than what they did at the old KVEC.
    Dave have fun time on the cruise ship and just relax, things have a way of working out.

  9. fairisfair
    December 1, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Dave,

    Guess we’re gonna see what you’re really made of now. You mobilized against the evil PG-E for canning John Lindsay. Now will you do the same for Ben and King? Or is it too close to home???

  10. Anonymous
    December 1, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    Well well well! Remember? I warned you! As Bob said “They are smart business men and they will make sound decisions based on on costs vs. revenue!

    It’s a great day for San Luis when a brilliant talk show host like Laura comes to town! Tune in the satellite and rake in national advertising revenues…Bingo! More profits!

    No producers, no need for local talent, no overhead, payroll taxes, health care costs, no desks and chairs and coffee breaks…Just a huge revenue stream with zero overhead.

    As for local news there are a dozen places to get it on line and it doesn’t take 3 hours!

    Way to go El Dorado! I have been listening to Laura for years and if you give her a chance you will find her refreshing and down to earth! I also recommend her new book “Power to the People”.

    She also has a weekly segment on the Oreilly Factor, the #1 show on cable news that of course is broadcast on the #1 channel on cable news by more than 3-1…that’s right! It The Fox News Channel!

    It’s a great day for SLO…a great day for talk radio and a great day for El Dorado’s profits!

    I think they call that a win/win/win! Unless you are the radical fringe SP’s of the far left. Then today is virtual Armageddon for you…awww too bad sparky! I told your hate wouldn’t sell!

    It’s good to be right and good to be right!

    Welcome Laura! A cup of joe, a local newspaper and Laura! What a great way to start the day!

    Thanks El Dorado! Keep up the good work!

    ” El Dorado, I think this is the beginning for a beautiful friendship.”

  11. Anonymous
    December 1, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    It is sad but remember, this is radio. They should have finished the deal and took you off too.
    Sometimes, a fresh start is good for everyone, including you, San Luis Obispo. Tired of hearing about all your local problems.

  12. ADAM HILL
    December 1, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    KING HARRIS, one of the true journalists in our area, will be missed in the morning, as will
    Ben Greenaway, a very talented young broadcaster.

    The loss of the morning news is a loss for our community.

  13. Downtown Bob
    December 1, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    anonymouse: What I said was: “IF they are smart businessmen they will make sound decisions based on costs versus revenue.” How many sponsors will listen to the vitriol spewing forth and decide to yank their advertising dollars in the morning position? We’ll see in a couple of weeks if any of them are aware of what their money is supporting.

  14. Ron
    December 1, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    Uh… which El Dorado Broadcasting are we dealing with here?

    The rinky-dink, back-woods “El Dorado Broadcasting Co,” with 5 employees and annual sales of $120,000, or the Miami based El Dorado Broadcasting Corporation, with annual sales of $3.2 mil?

    Oh, please tell me it’s the Arkansas one (although I get the feeling it’s not).

    That way we can all start writing things like:

    $120 grand in sales? No wonder they’re swinging the axe. Looks like they’re going to have to kick up the moonshine side of the business.

    One thing’s for sure, their shoes and dental expenditures aren’t high.

    Dave could replaced by the “Cleetus and Billy Bob show.” Today’s topic (like all previous shows): Shotguns and NASCAR.

    Is it just me, or does a Google search for “El Dorado Broadcasting” return a surprisingly small amount of results? Then, within those results, it’s kind of hard to get any real information on them. Plus, the fact that there’s two of them doesn’t help.

  15. Anonymous
    December 1, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    A quick and dirty business lesson in radio because someone here thinks they have a real grip on it all.

    National commercials on a syndicated program DO NOT result in ANY revenue to the local affiliate unless they are sold from the affiliate directly to the national sponsor and then the ad is placed on the “local” portion of the commercial breaks.

    When you hear PSA’s during syndicated shows, those were put there to prevent total “dead air”. Stations are supposed to cover them with local sponsors if they can get them to come on board.

    PSA’s are a plenty on Rush and Sean! Why would Laura be any different?

    Will the locals who were sponsoring the news in the morning keep their dollars with Laura? Will their advertising dollar have the same reach it did last Friday Morning come Monday? Time will tell.

  16. Anonymous
    December 1, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    “All of these towns all look the same at night” Jackson Browne (the load-out)

    And now they all sound the same.

    Same box stores, same syndicated radio programming, same TV news programs and the same chain restaurants.

    King and Ben you will be miss during the mornings.

  17. Jason
    December 1, 2007 at 8:52 pm

    How can we contact El Dorado? They need to be told (respectfully) that they’re making a bad mistake here. KVEC has been the best rescource for local news for as long as I can remember. Let’s keep it that way!

  18. Anonymous
    December 1, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Well, here are my predictions for what is next at KVEC:
    1) Hugh Hewit show
    2) Dennis Prager Show
    3) Micheal Medved Show
    4) Mike Gallagher Show
    5) The Bill Bennet Show

    All perfect fits with Laura, Rush & sean and all huge money makers.

    Preview all of them here:
    http://www.townhall.com/talkradio/

    I listen to them all and all of them are slam dunk winners!

    Looks like El Dorado has their fingers on the pulse of making money in local small AM stations!

  19. Dave Congalton
    December 2, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    Sunday 1 p.m.

    I am no longer able to access my work email from home, so I haven’t been able to post the new comments which may be coming in.

    This situation should be corrected soon, but please know I’ll do everything possible to get all the comments up ASAP.

    THANKS!

    Dave

  20. Maureen from SLO
    December 4, 2007 at 6:23 am

    Well, I couldn’t believe when I read in TT that Ingram was replacing King. DAH!!!!!!!. It outrages me big time. I wanted to jump through the radio this pm when I listened to your show re his departure. I would have called but I was in car driving with no cell phone.

    Please tell King I totally support him and sorry they did this to him. I listened to him on my way to work. I will never listen in the morning as long as that right wing hate mongering “shrew” is on. I really can’t stand her and who wants to hear that stuff in the morning (or ever, for that matter. Isn’t Russ and Hannity enough, already.)

    I know it is all about MONEY. That’s the bottom line but GEEZ, wh

  21. Radio Neal
    December 4, 2007 at 6:24 am

    Ugh.

    Is there any statement that is less truthful than a new radio station owner saying “we aren’t going to make any changes”?

    As I watch the fire burning on Cuesta Grade, I think about what the absolute lack of local radio news means to a community.

    Your show looks safe for now, doesn’t it? Until they can figure out if Savage or Glenn Beck will make them more money and cost them
    less?

    I’m crossing my fingers for you.

  22. Oppose Wal Mart
    December 6, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    El Dorado Broadcasters has bought KVEC (920 AM) and fired Ben Greenaway and news anchor, King Harris. No reason was given why they were let go and asked to pack their bags last Friday. They had hosted the station’s First News Program

    6-9:00 a.m. M-F. The slot will be filled by a nationally syndicated political talk show.

    The screeching Laura Ingram… next they’ll likely put on Michael Savage and Ann Coulter the way they’re going…

    We bring this news to you because of concern that a program that presented diverse, eclectic local news programming and opened the airways to all local opinions equally is being replaced leaving a vacuum for local news and commentary.

    If you are concerned, you can call the station at 805/545-0101

    And ask for Larry Thornhill, Regional Manager or email: larrythornhill@edbroadcasters.com. Or send a letter to the editor:

    A News (editor@Atascaderonews.com ), The Tribune ( letters@thetribunenews.com and The New Times (letters@newtimesslo.com).

    OPPOSE WAL-MART (OWM) UPDATE, DECEMBER 5, 2007

    http://www.opposewalmart.com, info@opposewalmart.com, 461-3710

    P. O. Box 1524, Atascadero CA 93423 for donations.

  23. Conni Gordon
    December 7, 2007 at 8:39 am

    As a former news director for KVEC radio, I’m emailing you in protest over El Dorado’s elimination of the morning news. The Central Coast has been waking up to KVEC for more than 75 years! How could you consider discarding such a vital service?

    I enjoy hearing the headlines delivered by King Harris and Ben Greenaway. In particular I benefit from the information broadcast during their live interviews with local newsmakers. This and the Dave Congalton show are hometown radio at its finest. We do NOT wish to wake up to or drive home listening to syndicated programs from who knows where.

    Most importantly, KVEC provides an essential service in times of emergency. We live in an area prone to earthquakes, but there also could be any number of emergency situations such as floods, wild fires, dangerous surf, even an accident at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. In the past, everyone turned to KVEC for help and guidance, but without a news staff, your station will no longer be equipped to deliver life-saving information in the calm, professional manner required in a crisis.

    Killing the morning news on KVEC is a terrible way to introduce El Dorado Broadcasting to the local community. In fact, I think it was an irresponsible decision for the area you are now licensed to serve. I seriously hope you will reconsider.

  24. Downtown Bob
    December 7, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Listening to Tristen on Dave’s show the other day, I called in and asked him if the new owners knew that by replacing the First News show with Laura Ingraham’s show that the station would reduce their advertising revenue. Tristen stated that he believed that they knew exactly what the consequences for their actions would be. By hearing Tristen say that, I am convinced that the new owners are pursuing an “ideological driven agenda” and the uproar by the locals won’t get them to change their minds, nor will the lose of advertising dollars for the station have any influence on their decision. They may be smart about a lot of things, but it does not seem readily apparent to me at this time that the new owners “know” what they are doing. In the past a radio or t.v. station had to be concerned about serving the public interest in order to receive a license to broadcast; not having actual reporters available to report on local news stories seems like the new owners are not serving the greater good in our community.

  25. Butters
    December 8, 2007 at 6:43 am

    Well, I’m a registered Republican and even I am saddened and disappointed by El Dorado Brodcastings decision to air Laura Ingram in place of Ben and King.

    I’m not so insecure in my political beliefs that I require 9 hours of conservative (bombastic) programing per day. I’m a Central Coast resident who enjoies others viewpoints, local news, traffic, weather and the feeling that the guys I’m listening to in the morning live here and know this area.

    I’ll not be listening to Laura Ingraham, as I don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity, and will be tuneing into FM (ugh!)radio for my morning commute.

    More importantly, I won’t be hearing ads paid for by local sponsors during the hour I drive, 5 days a week. I won’t hear them anymore. As far as this potential customer is concerned, that’s wasted advertising money.

    Please dump Laura Ingraham. Bring back King and Ben, and guess what? You’ll also bring me back. Nine hours of conservative talk radio is too much. Restore KVEC’s local flavor.

  26. Anonymous
    December 10, 2007 at 1:22 am

    Dave said in the New Times:

    “We were all surprised by the decision to let Ben and King go, but this is the reality of radio today. It’s harder and harder to offer local programming,” Congalton wrote in an e-mail. “I’m not sure that the average KVEC listener wants to start off his or her morning with Laura Ingraham, but nobody asked me, so I’m just going to focus on my afternoon show. We’ll see what happens.”

    Good idea! Keep your promise and get your nose (and the noses of all your lefty cohorts) out of the new owners business. The last thing they want is a whinner on the payroll.

  27. cynek five cities
    December 10, 2007 at 5:24 am

    Well, I tried to listen to Laura as I drove into work. Between her shrill voice, political ranting, and the bumper to bumper agressive driving early in the morning–
    I couldn’t take it. Turned her off. I don’t need more stress. What is the world coming to?

    Do you remember when we had that earthquake a couple of years ago? The only news came from you guys. It was live. It was local. I listened to you guys for several hours because there was no other way to find out where the epicenter was–if there had been any damage, etc.

    Does this new programming change mean that we would loose this local service that you provided back then?

  28. Anonymous
    December 18, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Congratulations. You managed to pull the wool over the eyes of the new El Dorado owners and get your buddy King Harris back on the air. Oh, well. I’ll just have to move my dial back over to KSMA and listen to Beck instead of listening to Ingrahm in the mornings!

  29. Anonymous
    December 22, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    The left can’t listen to Laura because they think with diseased brains.
    It’s much better for all of you radical left socialists to have someone read the news to you every morning! hahahaha
    How bout something original? I can read the trib on line in 5 mins…I dont need King to stretch that out for 3 hours!
    But then my brain is fine…

  30. Downtown Bob
    December 29, 2007 at 9:24 am

    anonymouse said:
    The left can’t listen to Laura because they think with diseased brains.
    It’s much better for all of you radical left socialists to have someone read the news to you every morning! hahahaha
    How bout something original? I can read the trib on line in 5 mins…I dont need King to stretch that out for 3 hours!
    But then my brain is fine..

    Your brain is fine, hum?

    hahahaha = ha ha ha ha ?, no?
    bout = about
    trib = Trib(une) ? (abbreviation is okay, but it is a proper noun, meaning it should be capitalized.)
    dont = don’t
    King also gives up to the date traffic and weather which the online Tribune might have (the weather, not the traffic)
    And I’m not convinced that your brain is fine …radical left socialists: what, anybody left of Rush is radical? Anybody who questions unchecked capitalism is a socialist? There are many people on the left who are not radical, not socialists, but do care about our great country. And if anyone has a diseased brain, how about a person who is afraid to go into a restaurant because they don’t want a potentially gay person spitting on their meal thinking it would give them aids? Read about it here, and yes, I am talking about Laura Ingraham.

  31. Anonymous
    January 16, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Local news? nothing happens around here. Bring Laura Back!!!

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