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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Singleton Out As WNKU-FM GM

Nobody is saying much about why Ben Singleton has left WNKU-FM (89.7) after 12 years, the last five as general manager. NKU media relations director Chris Cole says "it's a personnel issue," and the university won't comment on why he split.
Grady Kirkpatrick, hired from Murray State in 1998 as assistant general manager for operations and programming, has been named interim GM. A search will begin in May or June to find a new manager by end of summer, says Kirkpatrick, who wants to be considered for the job. Singleton had served as interim GM before getting the job in 2002.


8 Comments:

at 3/08/2007 12:08 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

public school, public radio station, public money. maybe the public has a right to know.

 
at 3/12/2007 8:05 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is a *lot* more behind the sacking, but no one's talking...it's pretty good though.

maybe WGUC will step in and take the station off NKU's hands...wait, that's not gonna happen...they still can't find the money to pay for WVXU, which they ruined beyond recognition. ("We're in another critical fund drive and you must call now! Fork over $800,000 before the fiscal year ends or there'll be death, destruction and pestilence throughout the land!!!")

why worry, there'll be a boring stuffed shirt university search committee who'll hire grady or someother NPR bootlicker to run the operation further into the ground for a few years before it's sold off

Long live WYSO...well, as long as Antioch lets it.

 
at 3/15/2007 6:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

or maybe the station will come to it's senses, and get back to what it does best. or add a few more antique and real estate shows, who knows.

if there is a lot more to the story about singleton leaving, why isn't some reporter looking at it? enquirer, post, citybeat, vxu?

 
at 3/15/2007 1:28 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously 8:05 AM Anonymous hasn't actually listened to a WVXU fund drive since the move to WGUC. The drives are much more calm than the Xavier days. Repetitive perhaps, but calm.

I've made my last donation to WNKU. They broke that station. Why you would only run Morning Ed until 8am is beyond me. Someone should get to the bottom of what Singleton did over there. I have no idea what that junk is at 5pm weekdays. It doesn't fit.

 
at 3/19/2007 10:41 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think wnku's next fund drive starts this week. if they don't make as much money, it could be a sign to make changes. at least if people calling them let them know what they don't like about the current station, someone will have to look at it.

 
at 3/19/2007 10:51 AM Anonymous tommy t said...

I loved the old WNKU programming and the music is still great. But the news isn't what it used to be and the five pm shows really don't make any sense with the rest of the station. I quit giving them money after they changed format, and don't see me ever becomming a member until they go back to the old station.

 
at 3/19/2007 8:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a graduate of NKU, I used to be proud to consider WNKU as my school's local radio station. I listened to Morning Edition and Marianne during my drive to work. And then they let her go and Morning Edition was cut-off right at the peak of morning drive-time? Then on the way home during evening drive time they put on those pointless after 5pm talk shows--again right at the peak of drive time. Those shows have very little relation to the NKY region or university and very little depth and balance on some of the issues and topics, not what I thought public radio was supposed to be about and definitely below what used to be the standards of WNKU. I many times asked myself "Who do these shows appeal to? and What niche do they fill?" These decisions reflected a complete ignorance of radio broadcasting listeners and an even bigger disrespect to some of the station's former loyal listeners who used to stay connected to NKU and the Nortern Kentucky region by listening to the station on their way to and from work. I still think a lot of their music selection is the best in all of radio and their news packages are very intelligent, well done and perfectly targeted. I should hope the GM leaving was because NKU's higher ups were tired of his programming mistakes and are in the process of bringing WNKU back to where it was. As an NKU grad and someone who currently works in the local electronic media field, I hope they are in the process of repairing what I think used to be a very outstanding little radio station.

 
at 3/23/2007 3:20 AM Anonymous Mary C. said...

I agree with tommy t. and anonymous. The 5:00 shows make me spin the dial and ending morning edition at 8:00 is just plain dumb. They need help at the drive time slots for sure.

Overall their music is top notch although sometimes (in the AM mostly) I wonder if they're adopting a "christian" or maybe "easy listening" format. They've always played music with spirit(it's integral to Blues & Bluegrass alike!) but religion and spirit are not synonomous are they? ... BUT ... they do have the BEST BLUES SHOW in town and I think it's having it's impact on the rest of the dj's. I hear a lot more blues throughout all the music shows. Maybe they should let the blues guys run the station!

They still have some great pieces. Maybe they can pull it back together before it completely falls apart. Never-the-less, it's now high time for them to make some good choices, apparently, starting with the selection of a GM.

 
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