I worked for a newspaper in New Orleans from 1970 to 2012 (42 1/2 years) and then laid off/forced retired. Started when I was 18 and continued to grow with the company in the advertising dept. The writing was on the wall, like Phil said, but that doesn't less the blow or disappointment. It's like being put up for adoption and your parents still live across the street and you see them everyday. It sucks Phil and I understand how you feel.
Bog Mann: The situation with Mr. Vanderpool was entirely different, starting with the fact that he was a freelancer for the Weekly and not an hourly/salaried employee like Mr. Villarreal. The decision made to no longer use Mr. Vanderpool as a freelancer wasn't based on "downsizing."
...and the Wall Street Journal just suddenly fired up to 40 of its news staff. Maybe all of these dumped reporters can get a job working for Chuck Huckelberry's dynamic PR machine that has hired scores of reporters to gear up for the next bond election.
Yes, the Az Dark Star sucks. They treat their reporters as bad as the Weekly. Hey, anyone remember the long standing and well noted reporter Tim Vanderpool? He got the same treatment from the Weekly as this Dark Star reporter received. People in glass houses...
And the Arizona daily Star continues to stink.
Sorry to hear about Phil. I thought he was a great movie reviewer when he had that gig and I've enjoyed many of his other articles. Good luck Phil and I hope you find another job soon maybe in a better market that will appreciate what you do.
Are you privileged to information the public does not know? All personnel issues are always confidential, to protect the applicants. Therefore, the only person who would provide you with this information is Jack Gibson himself. I am sensing that you and Helms are shills for this man!!
You tell me one thing this man has done to earn a $220,000 salary!! Especially with his bad decisions and totally dismantling a once great station!!!
The rumor that Jack Gibson is a finalist at Plattsburg, NY station is absolutely not true. And whoever started this rumor is not someone I would like to know. It's an utter fabrication.
This is old news!! I heard there are many new developments in this story!
Mainly, a lot of people in the community are interested in the status of Mr. Gibson beingthe finalist for the General Manager of the Plattsburg, New York, PBS station.
Also, his being criticized in a scathing letter on the AZPM web page.
I for one can not wait for this $220,000 empty suit to leave for Plattsburg!!
Please Post John's newest column on AZPM.
How come John's newest column isn't posted? Read it via the dead-tree edition. Good stuff about AZPM - please post it.
its Friday 6/27 and I just tried to watch AZ Illustrated about PCC. It was unbearable. There is no reason to waste good electricity on a program like this. Pull the plug.
I would love to make that kind of money. I'd patronize whoever or whatever to get it as long as it was legal.
I don't know enough about her matters to know if she's patronizing the people I'd prefer to. Looks like she's moving into medicine.
If you are shocked that Gibson makes 220k a yr then what do you think about the $$$$$$$ Hart makes?
Plus 1 on Fitz.
Fitz is a dolt. Not funny. Not insightful.
I could not agree more with what Jeff Rodgers has written. AZ Illustrated started down hill the day Buckmaster left. Personally I thought Nintz was ok, but not a Buckmaster. I got distinctly tired of some guests. I have never been able to listen to Chihak's mealy mouthed presentations. Now when those endless appeals come in the mail from AZPM they go directly in to re-cycling. Why support mediocrity (at best). Is it possible that the senior management at the university has no idea how bad things have gotten.
To those who complain about fundraising on AZPM (the thread began with the issue being 2 million to be cut from the stations, leaving 600,000 a year after 5 years). When you listen to commercial radio, have you ever counted up the amount of time ads took? I notice it when I'm listening to UA basketball games....more ads than programming, sometimes.
Yeah to Fitz' cartoon on Sunday, backing up AZPM!
At any rate, I'm hoping people who like AZPM like I do, who would miss the Newshour,
Doc Martin, and on the radio, good music 24 hrs a day, or This American Life, Garrison Keillor et al, will speak up and protest these cuts to Ann Weaver Hart, the President of UA.
Gibson makes 220k a year? That's all I need to know.
WOW! I personally know someone who works for this company and I am amazed to learn about how terrible this company is. He MUST have brainwashed the person I know into staying with him so long. Or there MUST be something else going on behind the scenes. Hmmmm.....
I worked for KUAT-FM decades ago and have fund raised enough to know how bare bones the operation is, how dedicated the rank and file who do the hard work is as well. This 2 million dollar cut is so brutal that I feel like starting a revolution! Where would we be without ..... Sesame Street, for example? Or a WHOLE Brahms Symphony? Every movement! Or the NPR talk radio interviews, like Terri Gross? I am speechless at the
UA's attitude in cutting 2 million dollars in support over the next five years.
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