The Democrat Invasion from BlueOregon continues to gain support:
Thom Hartmann to KBOO petition update: 4800 and counting!And Traitor Hoyne reveals Inner Party plans, curse him:
Despite some controversy (or maybe in part because of it), the BlueOregon Action petition supporting Thom Hartmann's addition to their lineup is going gangbusters. Nearly 4800 people have signed on so far.
KBOO has also weighed in on Facebook, letting their fans know that they're listening. There's a lot of back and forth on the issue, very interesting and constructive community conversation. Check it out. I love how Portland and the surrounding area can come together to have this kind of public discourse.
If you'd like to see Thom Hartmann back on the airwaves in Portland, take a moment to sign the petition.
.... Here's the deal, Hartmann is not going to get on the air at KBOO barring changes. The current program staff turned down Hartmann this spring without a second thought. The current Executive Director heard about the offer and was able to get it offered again. That ED is being run off by a small but vocal mob of a few hundred folks (led by Theresa http://savekboo.org/The conversation at Facebook takes an embarrassing turn when the subject turns to the "take over" and the value of petitions :
You will hear things like: KBOO is not a business, KBOO is in great financial shape, and more coming from these folks.
They control the staff and the board. Voter turnout is below 10%. Why would those in power want to do something that brought in 5,000 engaged members? Members who might start asking questions and having expectations.
KBOO will drag their feet, not put Hartmann on, hoping that BlueOregon readers take their opinions, engagement, activism, and money elsewhere....
Kari Chisholm No, Greg, there is no "taking over" KBOO. This is a decision for KBOO's board and the broader KBOO community.
Our goal is simply to let the KBOO board know that there's a really big audience of progressive activists in this town that love and miss Thom Hartmann - and if KBOO sees fit to add him to the lineup, we'll listen!
And that's surely a huge opportunity for KBOO to expand its audience and introduce a lot more people to the rest of the KBOO lineup.
With Thom or without Thom, I'm confident that KBOO will stay KBOO.
Kari doesn't understand Comrade Greg is a LOYAL(ot-nay o-tay ightbray) Party Member: http://savekboofromsavekboo.blogspot.com/2013/06/comrade-bye-falls-for-inner-party.html
Another loyal cadre comments on petitions:
Rory Bowman As a KBOO supporter for many years and hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars, I am unimpressed by numbers on an Internet petition. If those 5000 people each gave $10 per month to KBOO then perhaps I would listen to them, ten years from now.Cadre sang a different tune earlier this year, with this internet petition:
Clearly not all petitions are created equal. In fact it looks like Glorious Leader's petition , in comparison , is a bit of a dud.
with 268 supporters
Dasterdly BlueOregon Democrat:
Nearly 4800 people have signed on so far.The news has travelled to Hartmann's own website:
I understand from a variety of sources that Thom Hartmann has agreed to donate his program free of charge for broadcast on terrestrial radio station KBOO 90.7 FM in Portland, Oregon, and have seen a variety of folks who tried to save KPOJ 620 AM jump in to support this idea, but I am not certain that Thom understands that he is being brought in as a weapon by one faction in an internal dispute at KBOO.
For those unfamiliar, KBOO is a "community radio" station which has been broadcasting since 1968, as detailed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KBOO
There is currently an internal dispute underway about whether to make the station more "professional" and conventional, as detailed at http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20884-kboo_coup.html
My assumption is that Thom made this offer out of a generous desire to provide access to his show to more listeners by increasing its footprint on terrestrial radio, and that he did not wish to inadvertently be made part of internal dispute within KBOO's board or its community.
As a longtime supporter of KBOO, a formerly-avid listener to KPOJ and a paid subscriber to Thom's podcast, I would ask that Thom be very aware of how his show may be used by one side or the other in this dispute, and consider either withdrawing the offer or explicitly make a statement which chooses one KBOO faction or another in this matter.
I also encourage other folks who have a view on this matter to state it here, clearly and plainly.
Well! What are cadre going to do?
First thing, STOP READING THIS AND GET DOWN TO THE MANDATORY BOARD MEETING BEFORE THE DEMOCRATS TAKE OVER!!!!!!!!!! It's only 30 minutes away!!!!
KBOO Board of Directors Meetings for July 2013
Monday, July 15th, 2013, 6pm
20 SE 8th Avenue, Portland, OR
Don't forget your cow!!