Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002

Yesterday was a satisfying day for all of us at KTSA.

When old Karotkin building collapsed, we did our News thing, as we always have since we built our first large, local news department back in the 1960s.

Reporters hit the streets downtown, others worked the phones. Our news anchors coordinated everything. Talk hosts threw out the schedule and worked the story. Producers rounded up Fire and Police and other news sources. I'm leaving out lots of people here but you get the idea. All of us felt like the full-blown development of the story went pretty well.

I'm sure you've noticed that much of the rest of the radio industry has changed bigtime, for the worse. Those of us who love radio regret seeing news departments disappear altogether. Even our Talk format competitor originates a significant amount of its so-called "local" newscasting from hundreds of miles away, all in the name of bean counting.

So when we at KTSA get to do what radio can do so well, it makes us happy. Glad that our news staff hasn't been gutted to save a buck. Grateful that our big corporate owner still lets us do our job live, and local. Satisfied that all of us here get to be a part of a vanishing quality of radio— putting something back into our home town. Earning our keep. The term for it is community service.

We're glad that we still get to do it. It's a huge part of what we enjoy about our jobs. We're thankful that we still get to do what we believe is real radio, as opposed to bottom-lining those beans.

On days such as yesterday we get to feel helpful. It's a great feeling... even if it is old-fashioned.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.



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