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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Media Watch

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Where was this type of diatribe last fall when KOLD was in the SAME dispute and unavailable on DISH Newtork?

You are such a shill, John. First for KOLD, now for DirecTV.

You badmouth KVOA as often as you can conjure up the call letters then fail to eve mention that
DirectTV has ALREADY sent out notifications of rate increases for February and a commenter has to remind you that DirecTV STILL can't manage to come to an agreement with the PAC-12 Newtwork.

The Column Byline should read "by John Shillster".

Didn't Carly Simon do a song about you? "You're so lame"?

Hope you new editor is proud of this hatchet job.

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Posted by JohnShustersIsAShill on 01/09/2015 at 11:51 PM

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John Schuster:

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Posted by donkiyoti on 01/08/2015 at 9:00 PM

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I called DTV and added NBC east and west for $5. No more KVOA crap. Ad revenues will slide with loss of audience. Waived off the ADS...goodbye KVOA.

Who wants to be next?

Get a chromecast and watch PAC 12 through Comcast.

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Posted by Rat T on 01/08/2015 at 3:14 PM

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Isn't the Super Bowl exclusively on NBC? Will be interesting for the bars in town that have DirecTV and can't show it ...

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Posted by AJ Flick on 01/08/2015 at 1:25 PM

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Looking at the comments from KVOA's Facebook page, it looks like that they are losing the publicity war with DirectTV. Let's look at it like this: KVOA's parent company wants DirectTV to pay them what ESPN makes on retransmission agreements. This is utterly ridiculous. Here is a channel someone can get on an antenna and they want premium cash for it?? What's the matter KVOA? Tedesco's contract getting a little too much for you guys?

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Posted by Tonya Mather on 01/08/2015 at 9:13 AM

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While you are in "negotiaing" mode with KVOA at the other stations in that ownership group, how about getting on with the PAC-12 Network? Hey, I love listening to Brian Jeffries coverage on the radio..but it would be nice to SEE those out of town games when Fox1 or ESPN aren't broadcasting the Wildcats.

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Posted by n7iqv on 01/08/2015 at 8:23 AM

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1) DISH & their greed vs their customers getting short changed. See upcoming internet decisions by the FCC and how they rule either for (DISH, COMCAST, etc, etc) vs the rest of us.
2) I subscribe to the ADS on line edition and those Fry's & other ads are incredibly irritating. The pages are packed with ads. The ONLY site more irritating is the site where the pop ups keep on popping up despite deleting them at the beginning.
Sheesh, can we please get some decent, local coverage without having to jump through dozens of hoops, even though we're paying?? Not nice, not polite, stupid and anti-customer friendly web page sites!

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Posted by tiredofpc on 01/08/2015 at 5:31 AM

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FWIW, I'm very surprised no mention online anywhere of the passing of KGUN anchor Mac Marshall. He was mentioned on KGUN's newscast but no mention on their webpage. He was one of the early fixtures on local T.V. in the "Old Pueblo", had a great voice and (according to KGUN's newscast) took pictures with his own camera for TV newscasts....RIP Mac

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Posted by Mike Escalante on 01/06/2015 at 7:47 AM

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Yes, why do a story on a business person when you could have focused on someone who actually is a media person: Mike Knott.

He is a great guy who has heavily contributed to the on air content at KOLD NEWS 13 for many years.

At work bright and early every morning, he was a fixture in the KOLD newsroom and well respected.

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Posted by Mike Knott Fan on 01/04/2015 at 7:35 AM

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"... a show that often laughably attempted to stand on the pedestal of objectivity."

VERY irnonic critique since John Shuster has so often demonstrated here that he wouldn't know "objectivity" if it fell on him.

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Posted by InMyOpinion on 01/02/2015 at 6:49 AM

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Kudos to Christopher Francis in his salute to Mike Knott.

Chris saluted a man who was worthy of more than he would have received from the editors and writers in print media. He told us who Mike is and what Mike did and why he was special. I don't know Chris but I've run into Mike a few times and find him to be a good person who has been fighting his way through the muck daily.

Also he had a pony tail, which has become about all the hair he has left.

Also, continuing the Chris salute let's say he is one of the only people to comment here under his actual name while the rest of us bullshitters hide behind pseudonyms.

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Posted by missdeemorgan on 01/01/2015 at 6:08 PM

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My Most Honourable John,

I cannot let this column go without mentioning that another long-time media fixture is retiring. He never appeared in front of a camera, but he was instrumental behind the camera. In fact, he operated a camera for much of his four-decade stint at KOLD.

Mike Knott is stepping down as our assignments manager. In fact, as I write this, he is savoring his first taste of life permanently away from the desk, from the phones, from the colourful characters, stubborn shills, grousing grouches, pesky pranksters, and just about every lifeform one is bound to encounter in the daily process of running down leads, investigating tips, juggling logistics, and prying the truth from people without a dental degree.

Mike had a huge rule in shaping the news you see on KOLD/KMSB/Tucson News, and yet for a job so important, you might have called him Mike Rowe instead of Mike Knott for the gritty dirty job that it is. It's not a thankless job, but it can be, and I know all of us will be appreciating him more and more as we look up to that island of scanners and phones in the newsroom and realize we won't be hearing his voice anymore or that deep-throated chuckle that came when he extracted a particularly juicy piece of information.

Good Bye, Mike, and thanks for all the news!

Your Humble Servant And TV News Producer,
Christopher Francis
KOLD-TV/KMSB-TV/Tucson News Now
(speaking as himself, not as his station, but as a proud employee of such)

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Posted by on 01/01/2015 at 10:56 AM

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(Note to self: never invite John to watch "The Newsroom" with me...)

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Posted by Slick Show on 12/25/2014 at 6:54 PM

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Ah yes I remember your first election well, Hank. That was the special election following the BoD's magnanimous change of structure in the nick of time prior to the Democracy Initiative's membership election. I recall that Randy formed a special group just for that election, Keep KXCI Strong! - they only seemed to last for one or two select mailings during that election, using insider knowledge and targeting certain members while trying to avoid others. There never was a disclosure about who that "group of members, DJs, staff and board members" were other than Randy as the contact person.

Just one of Randy's little extra-special examples of service and dedication.

To be clear, I do not believe Hank Childers had any prior knowledge to that stunt, and in fact he was a pretty decent Board Member eventually, but it is a part of the history that some would prefer to forget and which Mr. Schuster has kind of glossed over in this puff piece. I have to wonder what Chris Limberis would have thought (and written!) about all of this?

Anybody that wants to dig deeper into old history can still find it on these two sites:… (not sure if anybody without a Yahoo account can access this anymore, but there is a ton of history there)

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Posted by Kali Turner on 12/20/2014 at 10:40 PM

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KXCI will never succeed in pleasing all sectors of the community it serves but it has done a damn good job of presenting a community station that is eclectic, relevant and listenable and is an asset to our community. During my own time on the Board, I saw that the station functioned best when Randy was at the helm, whether as interim or full-time GM. I don't know the circumstances that led to his resignation and I hope it is a change that represents progress for both Randy and the station. Randy's shoes will be tough to fill. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity as a Board member to work with Randy and I wish both him and KXCI continuing success. Thank you, Randy, for your 15 years of service and dedication to KXCI. Best regards from Hardy Smith & Melanie Walters.

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Posted by Hardy Smith on 12/19/2014 at 8:09 PM

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Wow! I can hardly believe this. Yes Randy is intimately knowledgeable about the turmoil - from about the minute his good buddy Tony Ford showed up on the scene (and who is back as a board member and has entangled the station with HIS enterprise the Maker House).

Randy doesn't get all the credit for bringing the station forward, there were a lot of community members that fought long and hard to wrest OUR station from the absolute siege mentality of a bunch of arrogant, unethical, resume-padding, contemptible jerks that were on the Board and in management at the time.

I hope the current Board will remember (or learn about) the issues from that time and keep working on Transparency, especially as they move to bring in a new GM. KXCI is supposed to be a COMMUNITY radio station, not a private little playground for a few entrenched individuals.

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Posted by Kali Turner on 12/19/2014 at 7:09 PM
Posted by Rick Jason on 12/18/2014 at 11:34 AM

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Is there going to be a new column this week?

Posted by SonoranWinds on 12/11/2014 at 10:03 AM

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I hope that Tom McNamara continues his stint as the host of the new Arizona Illustrated program. He's definitely brought a level of professionalism to that show that was sadly lacking in the previous programs.

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Posted by JCC on 12/04/2014 at 10:15 AM

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I worked with Steve Ryan when he was starting out at CNN. He was fresh out of school. I saw someone who cared about his profession and a quick learner. Glad to see he's found a home in Tucson!

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Posted by Dennis Newman on 12/04/2014 at 8:16 AM

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