Wednesday, December 24, 2008

WINA cancels Rob Schilling again

Rob Schilling and Jane Foy (Courtesy Bring Back Rob blog)

History repeats: (Sep. 9, 2007)

Rob was also cancelled the first time without notice to the audience. In his final broadcast, Rob talks about this week's shows--of course, before they were cancelled.

Why does WINA have such disrespect for their listeners and employees? Did WINA think Rob would vandalize or sabotage the studio if cancellation of the show had been announced? Or did they fear an outpouring of calls and support? The WINA website has no mention of Rob, as if he never existed. They treated Michael Savage better and played a notice when he was cancelled for talking about autism.

Rob's WINA webpage can be accessed directly for a little while longer... until "headquarters" discovers the oversight. Longtime Charlottesville / Albemarle residents know how easy it is to be erased. I have an entire blog about revisionist history.

I hope Rob moves on to the next level. His podcasts were already beginning to reach a national audience. More people are listening to the radio online these days. It's WINA's loss. Expect their revenues to continue to decline not only because of the economy, but also the lower quality product and reduced diversity of programming. While they blame the corporate headquarters, each WINA employee represents the company and shares responsibility for its decisions.

Blair Hawkins

The Schilling Show Cancelled!

Let's show Rob our support

From Albemarle Truth in Taxation Alliance

Charlottesville, Virginia - December 22, 2008

If you're getting ready to tune into The Schilling Show in a few minutes on WINA AM 1070, you won't hear Rob Schilling and his program. Rob was informed after last Friday's show his program is cancelled effective immediately. The cancellation of Rob's program is a huge loss to ATTA and the entire Albemarle / Charlottesville community. Rob was a consistent voice of fiscal conservatism and a champion of the rights of the average taxpayer and common citizen.

Rob provided a forum to ATTA for our message: that local government should make every attempt to spend our tax money effectively and efficiently. Indeed, Peter Wurzer and I were his final guests last Friday (podcast of final broadcast).

We understand the cancellation was entirely a business decision in response to the tough economic times we're all facing, and that Rob's outspoken conservative message was not a factor. Also, the decision was made at the corporate level by Saga Communications (owner of WINA); and that local WINA management supported keeping The Schilling Show on the air.

This cancellation means WINA no longer broadcasts any local programming with a mainstream conservative theme. "Big government" programs such as The Coy Barefoot Show, The Rick and Jane Morning Show, and Saga Communications' separate Lib-Talk AM radio station remain in place.

Rob worked tirelessly for all of us, and I feel we owe him a bit of our time in return. Please contact the following individuals and let them know how you feel:

Edward Christian-President/CEO of Saga Communications
Phone: 313-886-7070
Fax: 313-886-7150

Steven Goldstein-Executive VP/Group Program Director of Saga Communications
Phone: 203-221-1666
Fax: 203-222-9633

Rick Daniels-WINA Program Director
Phone: 434-220-2300
Fax: 434-220-2304

Renee Quesenberry-WINA General Manager
Phone: 434-220-2300
Fax: 434-220-2304

Thanks, and have a Merry Christmas.
-- Keith

Keith C. Drake, Ph. D.Chairman, ATTA

P.S. If you want to send Rob a note, you can contact him at:

About the Albemarle Truth in Taxation Alliance (ATTA)

The Albemarle Truth in Taxation Alliance is a Political Action Committee (PAC) registered with the Virginia State Board of Elections. Its non-partisan mission is to promote more effective and efficient Albemarle County government, focusing on the budgeting process and taxation issues.

In 2007, ATTA educated citizens about a state law requiring a proportional drop in the tax rate when assessments rise more than 1%, and also the Albemarle Supervisors' proposed 30% tax increase. ATTA's efforts resulted in a public outcry against the tax increase and a nearly $10 million savings to taxpayers.

Albemarle Truth In Taxation Alliance
Keith C. Drake, Ph.D. Chairman (434) 974-1617

Albemarle Truth in Taxation Alliance
Peter WurzerDirector of Research (434) 973-8945

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