Friday, September 21, 2007

Mario Valdes

I went to Mario Valdes' memorial service this afternoon. Valdes was the general manager for KRCC (91.5 FM) for 26 years and left a giant thumbprint on the station. If you're a KRCC fan, you've got Mario to thank. If you hate the station, that's Mario, too. And whichever way you lean, I think he'd be pleased that you cared enough to care.


At 2:37 PM, September 21, 2007, Anonymous PK said...

I met Mario the first time in 1980, I think it was, when KRCC was just getting off the ground. Then it was Mario's record collection and a few volunteers!
Cool guy! I was sorry to read the obit.

At 6:47 PM, September 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he was quite a fellow back in the 1970s. and krcc. sorry to hear him go.

At 12:07 PM, September 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't realize he was the same guy that I wrote to after the murder of Jocelyn Sandberg. We wrote a few times and he was a really nice guy. He let me use a few pictures of her for a web story. Damn... sorry to see him go!

At 9:58 AM, September 26, 2007, Anonymous David Tyrell said...

lMario was a smart guy and for his time he really made KRCC what it is.

However I also think its time for KRCC to evolve and drop the Hippie DJ programing (ie Freeform) completly and and become a station that could not only attract an audience but keep them listening all day long. Accually the Freeform does not really need to be dropped but I will explain that part in a moment.

Allready your seeing that with 'Democracy Now' which many KRCC listeners demanded and now currently have. KRCC could look into other Public Radio News/Talk programs like 'Talk of The Nation' and Diane Reham.

With the HD Radio as a possiblty the future of radio, KRCC should look into the HD channels if not allready. One of those two extra channels could be devoted to a full time Freeform program, and another to full time Jazz and/or Blues or use it for the other styles of music.

In anycase these knuckel heads at KRCC should get with the program and make a full time Public News/Talk station that its audience can turn to that don't like the so-called 'rightwing' talk shows like Rush, Hannity, Mark Levin, Glenn Beck etc etc etc, and this is coming from someone who acually likes Rush and the rest of the fold.

I am just speaking as someone who understands radio programing a bit.

The main KRCC station would do a great service it become just a bit more consistant that has been in the past years


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