WMNF's station manager Jim Bennett resigns
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09/21/11 Seán Kinane
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The station manager of this radio station, 88.5-FM WMNF, resigned early yesterday morning. Details are still emerging, but Letty Valdes, president of the board of directors of the Nathan B. Stubblefield Foundation, said Jim Bennett submitted his letter of resignation several hours after a Monday night board meeting.

"On Tuesday September 20th Jim Bennett resigned his position as station manager for personal reasons and the Board of Directors accepted his resignation. We appreciate Jim's service to the station. Specifically the contributions he made and innovation he brought to the station and we wish Jim well in his future undertaking."

Now WMNF business manager Mercedes Skelton is going to be the interim station manager. What are the ultimate plans for WMNF? Will we be hiring a new station manger?

"Sure. Within the next weeks and months the Board of Directors will be discussing station staffing and also commence a search for a replacement station manager."

Is this going to affect WMNF on air programming or any of our events?

"At this point and time I do not think so. I would not think so at all. I think we will continue programming as it is and everything else. I do want to take a couple minutes to thank our listeners and supporters for all they do for the station."

We attempted to reach former station manager Jim Bennett, but he has not responded by air time.

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listener

Hopefully now we can have our music radio station back again which I was a supporter of for many years. Thanks, Barry

listener/volunteer

Don't blame Jim if you don't like the programming - that's all Randy Wynne's doing. And don't bother trying to get him to listen to you. He doesn't care what other people think cuz he's sure he's always right.

listener

While some people are certainly entitled to their opinions, other people do have feelings... and they can get hurt by what you say out loud. I think Randy is doing a pretty-darn-good-job especially considering the massive quantity of eclectic listeners he needs to please, including news junkies (no offense intended). There's always room for improvement because audiences change; but I think the astounding round of support in the last fund drive speaks volumes for itself. Keep up the good work, Randy - and Company! Best wishes, Jim; and may "GOD" BLESS WMNF FOREVER!!

Talk Shows

I find it interesting that in the week long celebration of WMNF's birthday, there wasn't even one talk show event scheduled. If talk radio is such a big part of WMNF, why were all of the birthday events music related? That just tells me that WMNF doesn't have the courage of their convictions.

CHARLIE THE PLUMBER FOR STATION MANAGER

WELL NOW! I GUESS ALL THOSE LITTLE WELFARE BABIES MUST HAVE CANNED JIM BENNETT! THAT REALLY BOILS MY GOAT! JIM BENNETT IS A GOOD MAN AND DID A DAMN GOOD JOB AT WMNF! NOW THAT HE'S GONE THOUGH, I SAY BRING SOMEONE LIKE MYSELF, CHARLIE THE PLUMBER, TO RUN THE STATION! IF THE BUREAUCRATS AND WELFARE BABIES ARE GOING TO TELL ME HOW TO SPEND MY OWN DAMN MONEY, THEN I MIGHT WELL RUN MY OWN DAMN STATION!

Thank you Jim and Randy

Thank you Jim and Randy. Your choice of program changes brought us idiots like the one posting above. Until this "talk" show concept(Rob used to be a news person,now he's a talk jock), I never heard morons like Charlie, because I didn't listen to the stations that attracted this kind of cretin. If you show up at my house to wrestle with turds Charlie, it's going to end in a call to 911. Not to the police, but to EMS.

sigh

I wish I saw this as a surprise. Jim did not understand the culture of this station, and that was lethal, especially as Vicki Santos was a damned tough act to follow. However,the fact is, whoever comes next must understand that we are NOT like other stations, even other community radio stations, as here the volunteers have had to build this oasis from the ground up. We also have to be wary as there are people that would gladly divide us, who frankly are pawns for the same right wing/tea party kooks that would love us GONE. I also think we should assess whether trying to focus on the outside news programs is worth it. I am not talking about our local news, I mean the BBC stuff. WUSF has that market and niche filled, so why not give the music fans some of what they want, but at the same time, reaffirm our commitment to the local news department that frankly, only WE provide.

Agree with Barry

Love the music but the progressive talking point mantra is just brutal.

Just music please

Yeah, the music is indescribaly good but the infantile, left-wing crap is indescribaly annoying.

Hey CW

Just remember if you're not a sheeple you're a "kook" at least according to not staff Scott (the post before my first one). Love the, if you don't agree with me I'll just call you names mentality. More music please.

Dark Smoky Rooms at WMNF

Once again, big changes at the station we pay to keep on the air, but the party line is "We don't discuss station business". Why did Jim Bennett resign hours after a board meeting? This closed door paradigm recalls the Cheney energy meetings. I wonder if they smoke cigars during the Nathan B Stubblefield meetings...Keep us sheep in the dark. It's none of our business...

All that "kooky left wing stuff"..

All that "kooky left wing stuff" is just about the only way you or I will hear anything else about the world other than corporate media. Keep it up Rob. You have an army behind you.

To Slimbo regarding privacy

Hey Slimbo! Let's just forget that Jim's life and decision about his own career are private. Let's just spread all of his stuff so EVERONE can know!!! It must be nice to be the smartest person I guess, Slimbo. I wouldn't know. Regal us with more of your brilliance!!

Drive time

Not sure why Jim decided to leave, probably will never know for sure. But I left when all they do is have talk-crap radio when I am on my drive home. My commute is too long to listen to that form of "entertainment". Sad,