Story last updated at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2002

Candidate seeks support
I feel the need to make a small correction to a letter that was printed in the other paper last week regarding KBBI programming. While it is true that KBBI management replaced its local morning show, they did retain, in a slightly different time and with a different name, Afternoon Freeform. It now airs from 1-3 p.m. as Weekday CafE.

We thanked management at the time, and we thank them now for keeping that opportunity open.

As most listeners have no doubt noted, though, World CafE with David Dye, the backup satellite programming, most often airs in that time slot. The reasons for this are many. KBBI has not conducted training for new volunteers since March, and many of the longtime volunteers feel unappreciated and unwanted. I personally prefer to do a show on Saturday when the offices are empty.

The fall membership drive this year raised only $41,000, whereas a year ago it exceeded the goal of $55,000, a dramatic decrease that cannot be blamed on the economy alone. KBBI should consider what it can do to mend its fences with the longtime supporters and volunteers in the community.

I am running for the board of directors, along with Don Pitcher and Anne Wieland, to try to do exactly that. We would like to bring this community back together with its public radio station, and have the membership feel that their opinions matter, not just their dollars. Please consider voting for us when you get your ballots, and let's see what we can do.

Cris Somers

KBBI board candidate and 22-year volunteer