Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Goodbye Keri

Somewhere local politicians are celebrating, Keri Rodrigues has resigned her position with WSAR.

Local talk just won't be the same. It's not that she was always right, or always fair, because she wasn't. She was always passionate about the issues. She was however, a local advocate who helped promote local topics and concerns. She worked hard to break the story first and usually knew more about any local issue than any of the other hosts at WSAR. She wasn't afraid to ask the hard question and keep asking it if necessary. There were times where she could drive you crazy to the point of changing the channel and there were other times where you sat in the car for 20 minutes so you didn't miss a word.

It's no surprise she's resigned, I just don't think the move to mornings ever worked for her. The morning show with Happy Hec is a mellow affair, and despite improved ratings, the energy level between the two of them never worked. More frustrating was Keri being shoehorned into Mike Moran's old spot. It seemed just as Keri was really getting into the topic the show was over.

Then there's the rumors of what was going on behind the scenes. Keri has already mentioned she was banned from blogging but people have also speculated that the move to mornings was done to keep her from causing trouble. Some have even said that she was told by management that some topics were off limits. If that's the case it's easy to see why she would decide to move on.

Keri's leaving is a real loss. WSAR has now lost its one maverick. The hosts that are left are only all too willing to give a free pass to any local politician who graces the airwaves. Could Barry Richards be any more obliging to Mayor Correia? Could there been a more pathetic display of indifference than when Mike Herren interviewed Councilor Lund?

Before she was banned from blogging I loved the fact that she went the extra mile to interact with her audience. I was thrilled when she mentioned this and other local blogs on her program and flattered when she acted like meeting me was a big deal. I'll forever be grateful to her for allowing me to play 'radio host' for a day and I'm sorry to see her go.

Goodbye Keri, you'll be missed.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

herren was indifferent about lund because it was a non issue he was investigated by sec of state and found in good standing

Lefty said...

I'll assume that's sarcasm.

It Said said...

And what happens when Mike Herren is arrested for something..again?

What is the WSAR spin going to be then? Jimmy? Bobby?

WSAR needs to be sold..from what I've been told, a million five will do the trick..let's hope somebody takes the Karams up on the deal and cuts them a check to go away..

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Herren, why is he suddenly AWOL? And it seems the entire world is calling in & asking why he's not there. There were more random "where's the hurricane" calls yesterday then the afternoon show had had since the pajama segment.

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Faye Musselman said...

Fall River's "fourth estate" teeters as the breezes blow a-top a foundation made of pablum. And its broadcast media succumbs to whims and worries of sponsors and certain egotistical elitists of the local electorate.

It has been said that a community gets the kind of culture it deserves. In Fall River's case, because of the general malaise of the majority of its citizens - its getting the quality of media it deserves.

Yes, it would be great if a maverick millionaire bought out the Brothers Kram and allowed his/her broadcasters to practice the First Amendment without rebuke.

As to the "fourth estate", believe it or not, there was a greater freedom of the press 120 years ago in Fall River than there is now.

Keri is far too nice, capable, and intelligent to have remained within the stranglehold of ridiculous censorship where there should not have been any.

She's smart enough to land on her feet into a better position. And some people will hate her just for that.

To all Fall Riverites I say:

UP THE REVOLUTION! STORM THE CASTLE! THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES!

phayemuss said...

Fall River's "fourth estate" teeters as the breezes blow a-top a foundation made of pablum. And its broadcast media succumbs to whims and worries of sponsors and certain egotistical elitists of the local electorate.

It has been said that a community gets the kind of culture it deserves. In Fall River's case, because of the general malaise of the majority of its citizens - its getting the quality of media it deserves.

Yes, it would be great if a maverick millionaire bought out the Brothers Kram and allowed his/her broadcasters to practice the First Amendment without rebuke.

As to the "fourth estate", believe it or not, there was a greater freedom of the press 120 years ago in Fall River than there is now.

Keri is far too nice, capable, and intelligent to have remained within the stranglehold of ridiculous censorship where there should not have been any.

She's smart enough to land on her feet into a better position. And some people will hate her just for that.

To all Fall Riverites I say:

UP THE REVOLUTION! STORM THE CASTLE! THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES!

General said...

Word on the street....Herren has been suspended for a few days. Heard he was a bad boy....SURPRISE!!

With Keri gone I guess WSAR is officially Bob Correia's radio station.

Anonymous said...

I think an interesting blog topic would be whom should they hire to replace her? I really think they would need to hire someone that could also be viewed as independent of Bob Correia/Bob Karam because if not I think the station's credibility will suffer even more.

Lefty said...

anon,

I agree that would be a great blog topic. Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

Keri has become a haaaaaack!

Anonymous said...

Hey Faye,
I'll care what you say when you LIVE in Fall River

Anonymous said...

I doubt that she'll be in her new position for that long. It will require too much of her time, and God knows she's gotta take care of that kid she had with some random guy. It's funny how she doesn't even have a background in social services, yet she's going to be assisting the community. I wouldn't want some ignorant hack dealing with my child abuse situations. She can't cut the mustard - you'll see.

Anonymous said...

And Faye, shut the Hell up. Move here if you want to talk about it. If not, can it.

Lefty said...

Okay, the warning flag is out.

Let's keep the comments on topic and respectful.

sunshine's grandaughter said...

Lefty I'm sorry but if the comments that are by such Anonymous persons are ignorant playground bullying tactics they should at least follow up with a name.

phayemuss said...

I don't believe in anonymous postings. I believe if you have something to say, own up as the one saying it. As I put on the "About Me" page of my blog: I live my life liberated. I believe in being honest and direct and to hell with those that don't like it. I voice my opinions and respect all others who do so without cowering behind a digital curtain.

I've been coming to Fall River for over 30 years. At times I've taken up part time residency at 92 Second Street. Sometimes I stay in other people's homes. If I had the job I have here in Payson, I'd move to Fall River. I love it there. I love the history, the people, the food, the waterways, the surrounding villages, towns, and cities. I don't consider myself just a tourist, though that is what I would be classified as. I plan to leave my entire Fall River history and Lizzie Borden case collection (over 40 years worth) to the Fall River Public Library, and believe me, it is considerable.

So care about what I write or chime in with here or not - but please don't fault me for not being a resident of Fall River. At least it doesn't disqualify me from voting there. nyuck, nyuck

LIVE LIFE LIBERATED! LIFE'S TOO SHORT TO BE PHONEY, FALSE OR AFRAID OF WHAT OTHERS THINK OF YOU.

BTW, if I DID live in Fall River, I would probably organize a grass roots revolution, storm city hall and take back the government!!

Faye Musselman
Charter member Students for a Democratic Society-CSULB 1964.

Anonymous said...

Ha All you kiss bums Kerri is a sell out! That's right Sell Out, everything that she siad was all for bunk!! She became the political hack that she once stood against. IT always comes down to the "me" factor.
I'd like to see what her salary is going to be and what future candidates and Mr Walsh would have to say. I'm sure she is well qualified for her position. . because she likes old people and babies ha ha another sucker liberal sells her soul!!!.

Anonymous said...

wsar will be fine without keri,the afternoon ratings are up from hers a yr ago,and they have been at it only a few months..the afternoon drive now is where the action is

Anonymous said...

She's a haaaaaack!

Anonymous said...

I think all these hack posts are missing the point. What she's going to do is try to educate the public on the issues of child and elder abuse. Which is what she was doing on the radio anyway. How does that make her a hack? I think that makes her someone who puts her money where her mouth is. I don't see many of you putting as much effort into the community as she does.

Lefty said...

I think because Keri was such a big supporter of Sam Sutter the cries of hack were inevitable.

Still, I tend to view a hack as someone who is put into a position that they are unqualified for. I don't think that's the case here. Keri has many years of experience in communications. She majored in political science and has a Bachelor's Degree.

Because of the Sutter connection, people will chose to overlook her qualifications.

Keri will just have to prove that she was the right person for the job. I'm sure she's up to the challenge.

phayemuss said...

All these recommendations - but what good does a list do sitting here. I would respectfully suggest, Lefty, yu call Ed Tweedy, GM WSAR, and offer up the suggestions, including yourself if you are interested. I called him yesterday late afternoon and gave him my recommendations. He was glad to have them. Now is the time to put forth mentions of those we would like to see in the spot. And if they aren't interested, they can express that to him when contacted. But I am of the belief (being an HR director) that one should never pass up the opportunity for an interview. :)

Call: 508-678-9727 & ask for Ed.

Audie said...

All I know is what Sam Sutter said. That was that Kerri has no experience or formal training.

Personally, I'm glad she's off the raidio.

She was like a female Dave Kane without the humor - beating the same issues to death day after day.

Although Kane was funny.

Anonymous said...

Audie - are you the same classy lady wailing about Keri and her "bastard" child on the Herald News website?

Give it up girl!