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‘The gutting of KHSU … a brutal parting shot’

The gutting of KHSU represents the arrogance, condescension and inhumanity of the Humboldt State University administration — a brutal parting shot from retiring President Lisa Rossbacher, full-time president-in-absentia, and from retiring Vice President of the University Advancement Division (what an irony) Craig Wruck, another bumptious administrator who knows nothing about broadcasting — a classic carpetbagger.

Their unilateral disemboweling of a priceless local institution reflects their utter contempt for the redwood coast community.It is also an assault on the campus’s Department of Journalism, whose weaknesses will be compounded by the devaluing and corporatization of KHSU — to the detriment of students who will get no more than the lip service so typical of the campus leadership.Predictably, Rossbacher and Wruck, those two profiles in courage and openness, did not sign the administration’s announcement of the dismembering.

What a mockery that California taxpayers have had to finance the salaries and benefits of two secretive bureaucrats who have contributed to the dismal reputation of the CSU administration in Long Beach as well as to that of HSU.

As if these insults were not enough, we taxpayers now have to finance Rossbacher’s and Wruck’s lavishly financed retirements. Talk about the income inequality gap — while student debt nationwide is $1.5 trillion-plus.

Self-evidently, the two have no shame as they desert the community for their cash-rich retirement, leaving heartbreak and wreckage in their wake.

Public servants?

Paul Mann, McKinleyville; former KHSU public affairs host, 2010-2012

A dear friend passes from our community airwaves

What an integral part of my life the unique programming on KHSU was. Throughout the week I could tell time by the programming.The California Report at 6:50 a.m. was a signal that got my day started. What I heard on the California report influenced water cooler conversations. As a teacher it offered information about the climate of education. There were the stories relating to the well being of the children of this state, and so much more.

Local morning reports helped to frame the day from what to expect for weather to the occasional traffic report.

What a treat in the middle of the day to catch Art Waves, Through the Eyes of Women, the Home Page. The evening programming from the public affairs shows to diverse music, KHSU filled our home and our cars.

Wednesday nights, City Arts and Lectures was sacred time. Dinner would be worked around the show.

Friday mornings around 7:30 there was pause for Storycorps. If missed I would be disappointed, feeling I let down a friend.

If I slept through the puzzle at 7:45 on Sunday morning I knew I could catch it at 9:45. Each week it was always a challenge.

Driveway moments influenced my teaching, conversations with neighbors, friends and colleagues.

Goodbye, dear friend.

Jana L. Kirk-Levine, Eureka; longtime listener, longtime supporter; member of the Community Advisory Board, eight years; last chair of the CAB

‘My hope is that a phoenix will rise from the ashes’

It is a dark day in Humboldt County. KHSU, the station that we loved and listened to and worked for and gave our money to is gone. A ghost station with no soul has acquired its call letters.

A huge thank you to all the staff, the volunteers, the people and businesses that supported it.

I loved this station dearly as many of the (former) workers there knew.

I contributed personally, my business contributed as an underwriter, I did music shows on the air and I was always happy to be on the air during pledge drives.

I was passionate about KHSU and I am seething with rage right now. Along with my deepest concerns for my friends who have lost their jobs WITH NO NOTICE.

My hope is that a phoenix will rise from the ashes and that we can create a true community radio station here. One where we can still listen to Halimah Collingwood and Danielle Orr and the Spirit of Vinny Devaney and all those crazy jazz, country and blues shows, and talk shows with local people talking about local concerns, and those esoteric middle of the night music shows that are just the craziest thing you ever heard!

We need them all. It’s called diverse public radio.

Until then … thanks for everything, KHSU people. It’s been swell.

Rick Levin, Blue Lake

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