In an unexpected turn of events, Gold's soap box -- The Great Canadian Talk Show -- was pulled from the airwaves today. Red River College's radio station, 92.9 KICK FM, will no longer host the afternoon show.
The circumstances of Gold's departure are still unclear, but he and his team have already taken to Facebook and the show's blog to "protest the censorship" that they feel is taking place.
"...two Red River College employees and two commercial radio general managers who are on the executive committee of Kick FM, made a decision without any involvement of anyone else on the Board, excluding student and community representatives from the process.
- They claim the station needs to focus on "student outcomes" and want to exclude all volunteer radio programs (like the recently elevated to CFRW Illegal Curve Hockey show, Beer for Breakfast and Breaking and Entering on Saturdays, and The Winnipeg Free Press’s Stop The Presses) and on the job training. No fewer than 7 students and volunteers trained on TGCTS went on to garner professional jobs as a result of that training in journalism and technical operations. Many others started their own radio programs."
Please go to Gold's blog to read the entire post, in order to get an accurate account of what was said.
I can understand that Gold is upset, but it is important to point out that 92.9 KICK FM is a non-profit teaching facility. Students, like myself, pay good money to learn how to use the radio equipment and gain on-air experience. I don't think anybody can argue that "focusing on student outcomes" isn't a valid reason to cancel Gold's show.
Gold argues that seven people have landed industry jobs by working for the Great Canadian Talk Show. However, the counter to that statement can be that many current students prefer to gain radio experience by having their own radio shows. -- I know I would prefer to have my own radio show than op for Marty...
Either way. I'm glad the board of directors have decided to "focus on student outcomes." Even if it meant that some people are not happy with the decision that was made, I think this entire situation is a damn good indication that my best interests (as a CreComm student) are being served.
Good luck in the future Marty...