Diane L. Hering
Membership Outreach Coordinator
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting
Dear Ms. Hering:
We are responding to your recent letter asking that we renew our membership. Currently, my wife and I seem to have two memberships, involving monthly charges of $15 each to two different credit cards, both in my name.
The recent decision to switch Democracy Now! from morning to 4 pm has distressed our whole household. Our exchanges with Station Manager John Coate and Program Director Mary Aigner have not been satisfactory. In fact, Coate was downright rude when I wrote to protest. He had to be told I was a member before returning to civility. They contradicted one another regarding the weight of the so-called survey that attempted to appraise listener preferences (I say “attempted” because, as a former social scientist, I know that this sort of “survey” is the least reliable of all methods for getting a true sample of listener opinions).
We started our day with KZYX when Democracy Now! was broadcast at 8 am, and we often continued with the 9 am programs, despite a busy farm schedule. We no longer do so. We will not listen to NPR’s politically compromised pablum any more than we have to, and we don’t have to.
The result is that we listen to KZYX much less than half the time we used to, and that is unlikely to change, given our schedules. There are many fine programs on KZYX, NPR news shows excepted, and we would like to continue to support the station. We would also like to see a change of leadership. But that is another matter.
The long and the short of it is that we are no longer willing to support the station to the tune of $30 a month. You may renew our membership on credit card #:XXXXX in the amount of $10 a month. Please see to it that the charges to credit card # XXXXX cease.
Finally, we would appreciate it if you would convey our position to Mr. Coate, Ms. Aigner, members of the board, and the unfortunate 9 a.m. programers who have lost our ears.
Michael W. Foley
PS. And, yes, you may thank us on air if you also air our complaints!!