LETTERS to the Editor 

ON THE RIGHT PATH

I'm saddened to find that Mr. Moredock lost sleep over the impending consequences of a successful movement of Christian conservatives into South Carolina ("Putting My Fears to Rest," The Good Fight, Views, March 29). It begs the question; just what is so terrifying about Christianity and adherence to the U.S. Constitution as it is written that would cause such bouts of insomnia? South Carolina overwhelmingly consists of Christians and yet non-Christians experience religious freedom in the state.

Christian Exodus has always been a defender of religious freedom for all people, and our website makes this quite clear. And certainly South Carolinians believe the U.S. Constitution should be applied as it is written and not as judges wish it to be.

So therein lie the sad facts, men like Mr. Moredock are opposed to Christians and the literal application of the U.S. Constitution. For Christian Exodus consists only of Christians who want the Constitution applied as written. My hunch is that this describes the majority of folks reading this column.

It's important that I provide the correct intentions of Christian Exodus so that none of you, the discerning readership, will likewise suffer from the insomnia afflicting Mr. Moredock. First, we're not looking for a Bible-based utopia or theocracy as he claimed. We just want to stop the murder of more than 6,000 unborn babies in South Carolina each year. We want the federal government to stop telling our local and state governments to take the Ten Commandments down or stop praying in Jesus name. We want the federal government out of our local schools. We want marriage defended, never to be redefined by federal courts. In short, we want a literal application of the U.S. Constitution and its 10th Amendment, which reserves these issues to the states.

Second, Mr. Moredock cowardly alluded to racist intentions by stating that we're selecting "super-conservative, heavily white counties ..." We have selected "super-conservative" counties, but it makes no difference to us if the people in them are white, black, yellow or green. Now if any of you can find a "super-conservative" county in South Carolina that isn't "heavily white" please call us immediately toll-free at (877) 727-3578 so we can add it to our list of selected counties. His suggestion that we oppose "multi-culturalism" is also unfair, because it's precisely our adherence to decentralized government wherein local communities decide the vast majority of issues for themselves that fosters cultural satisfaction among the citizenry. In such a federal system, a local community is free to express the culture of its people without having outside cultures forcefully imposed on it. What we're currently experiencing in America is the tyranny of the "tolerance" crowd. Big government liberals dictate to everyone else what our cultural preferences must be, because they think they can govern our lives better than we can. Beware, these tyrants believe they know what's best for you, and that makes them opponents of freedom.

Third, we do not believe the arbitrary will of the majority can trample the God-given natural rights of the minority. Far from it, we strictly adhere to constitutional republicanism and oppose pure democracy for the very reason that pure democracy does not protect the rights of minorities. I think Mr. Moredock is referencing our opposition to the use of the courts by minorities to infringe upon the God-given rights of the majority. A case in point is the Wiccan in Great Falls, S.C .who used the federal courts to prohibit freedom of religious expression by City Council members there.

Lastly, Christian Exodus will cooperate with any and all organizations working to put Washington, D.C. squarely back within the constitutional limitations on its powers. The Southern Poverty Law Center is akin to the ACLU, and those two wicked organizations were party to the suit against Judge Roy Moore and the Ten Commandments in Alabama in 2003. So what credibility does a left-wing group of communists like that have in deciding who is or is not a "hate group"? And here's another thing, doesn't their persecution of Christians qualify them as a "hate group"? Now that's a conundrum worth losing sleep over!

Cory R. Burnell
PRESIDENT, CHRISTIANEXODUS.ORG


WAVE-ING GOODBYE

I found your article on 96 Wave's format change to be very informative ("96 WHAT?", cover, March 15) especially after I noticed some odd choices on the station. However, I was shocked when I found out that 96 Wave had fired Storm and Kenny only a few weeks later. I still have not heard any reason as to why they were fired, but I am getting the impression that 96 Wave is trying to put itself out of business. I am not a fan of talk radio at all, but at work, Storm and Kenny were on every day and never ceased to crack me up. It really was a unique and uncompromisingly hilarious show, and I don't really feel the need to listen to 96 Wave after this.

Mark Wheeler
West Ashley

CLEARING THE AIR

As a former Charleston resident now living in my hometown of Pittsburgh, I was pleased to read your recent editorial in support of smoke-free public places ("Clearing the Air IV," The Good Fight, by Will Moredock, Views, March 15). I'm glad to see that most Charlestonians support clearing the air, as do most Pennsylvanians — 84 percent in a recent statewide poll conducted by Pennsylvania State University. Our organization continues to lobby for a smoke-free law, and it will eventually happen when elected representatives put public health above lobbying influence. Our local City Paper has promised to include smoke-free status in future dining reviews. I ask the Charleston City Paper to consider this idea as well. I look forward to visiting the Lowcountry when I can dine in a clean air environment.

Greg Hartley
Assistant Director, SmokeFree Pennsylvania
www.NoSmokeDining.org

[Readers can do an online search for non-smoking restaurants in the dining guide on our website's cuisine section. —Ed.]


ABORTIVE REASONING

The recent reader that wrote to praise Planned Parenthood and its virtuous culling of the herd (Letters, March 29) listed all the modern struggles of being a child: daycare, foster care, school system. And then left them on my doorstep as a "pro-lifer." Life is a struggle, more so for others, no doubt. And if you want, you can blame those struggles on the people working to preserve life. Heck, if we were all dead, then there wouldn't be any human struggle at all. But before you praise Planned Parenthood and the like for mercifully sparing fetuses the inevitable burden of life — you should look deep inside and wonder if you are really endeavoring to spare yourself the burden of witnessing their struggle.

After all, do we truly live in a society so harsh that the best solution to a flawed school system is to strangle the children before they become students!?

Kirk Gilbert
James Island

WAVE CRASHING DOWN?

Great article on changes in radio in Charleston ("96 WHUH?", cover, March 15). Seems nothing on the dial stays one thing for too long, but after the 96 Wave change back in the early '90s it is a station needed in Charleston. Maybe if there was a decent college radio station, they could take over the format 96 Wave had before the recent change to a "rock generalization" format. Though, I sure would like to know whatever happened to 96 Wavefest?

Take care and keep in knarly, City Paper.

Eric Fill
West Ashley

RADIO FREE PROGRAMING

Thank you for explaining to me what happened to my favorite radio station! Until your piece on program director Dave Rossi's "experimentation" with 96 Wave ("96 What?," cover, March 15), my friends and I just thought our radios were picking up rogue frequencies from classic rock stations.

When I first moved to Charleston, I bragged to all my friends about having a station in town that was truly independent and played the music we wanted to hear. None of my out of town friends could hear Death Cab for Cutie or The Replacements or Drive By Truckers on their radio stations.

I haven't bragged for the past three weeks.

While I respect Mr. Rossi's wish to open up the format, I don't consider playing Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak," or AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds" to be all that cutting edge, considering we already have several stations in Charleston that already play classic rock all the time.

I've cut Rossi some slack for his Red Hot Chili Peppers fascination (give him 30 minutes and I guarantee you'll hear "Give it Away"), but I draw the line at "Free Bird,", "Sweet Home Alabama," and "Tuesday's Gone With the Wind." I don't have a problem with Skynyrd, but I do have a problem with a radio station touting their independence and freedom from Clear Channel and then doing away with shows that actually play original music, like Critic's Choice.

I might not like every song played on Sunday mornings, but I always hear at least one artist I like that I've never heard of before. And they're songs not being played on any other radio station.

We've emailed the station, and we all hope that this month of the Wave gets chalked up as trying something that just didn't work.

Lori Franklin
James Island

IT WASN'T BROKEN

Mom's Chicken Noodle Soup, homemade apple pie, grandma's chocolate chip cookies — these are foods we often refer to as "comfort foods." As time goes on, you can always count on these foods to give you that "comforting" feeling when you eat them. You can't really explain why necessarily, but it's just the feeling you get. I am going somewhere with this post, trust me.

Other than food, there are countless other things people find comforting. Those things ranging from a broken-in pair of jeans to a radio station -- when those familiar voices are heard, they almost scream out to you, "Welcome home -- so glad you came back." I'm quite positive that everyone has something in their lives that gives them that comforting feeling.

I am no different. I have many things in my life that give me that feeling. I'm a current resident of Charleston and I actually was born and raised here. I've visited many places in the continental U.S. and I know that while those places are fine for visiting, Charleston will always be my home — again — comforting. There are just so many things about Charleston that I know will always be there. One thing in particular is my choice of radio stations. I know that sounds funny to you, but not to me. Ever since I was a young buck in high-school, I listened to one radio station in particular. WAVF 96.1 — 96 Wave if you will. I tried listening to other radio stations, but their insipid programming and music selection just turned me off.

I went to Bishop England High School when it was located downtown. My commute to school was about 20-30 minutes every morning. In that time period, if there wasn't a tape or CD I wanted to listen to, I knew I could tune into 96 Wave in the morning and that drive that seemed to take forever and a day turned into an enjoyable experience. And now, some 12 years later while the commute has changed from school to work, the radio dial has found its way back to 96.1 in the morning.

While the dial has found 96 Wave in the morning, I can say that the morning shows haven't been the same since I was in high school. When I was in high school, the first 96 Wave show I listened to was TnT in the morning — the Taler and Todd Show. When Richard Todd left the show to explore other options in broadcasting, a new guy was placed with Atom Taler. He went by the name "The Critic." Atom and the Critic's show in my opinion was one of the greats in Charleston for its time. Of course, when they were on their way to the top, the owners of 96 Wave decided to try and see what the Shock Jock, Howard Stern, buzz was all about. During that period of time, I didn't listen to 96 Wave in the morning. 96 Wave really never made it on the radio on my morning commutes. For some reason, the sound of Howard Stern's voice was not comforting to me. It didn't seem like Charleston to me. He was in New York for Christ's sake — what the hell did he know about Charleston with the exception of the fact that the Civil War started there?

I'm not really sure how long the Howard Stern show lasted, but after Stern came the Dick Dale Show. When I heard that the Howard Stern show was no longer being played on 96 Wave in the mornings, I decided to tune in to this new show and see what it was all about. While I found the Dick Dale show some what amusing, I wasn't sold on it. I felt as though Dale was trying to be the Shock Jock that Stern already was with the only exception being the fact that Dale actually played music in between his commentaries and "comedy skits." Once again, the dial to my radio rarely stopped on 96.1 in the mornings. Apparently the owners of 96 Wave weren't amused with Dick Dale either as he was soon replaced by the Storm and Kenny Show. A piece of the Dick Dale show actually stuck around after Dale's departure. What stuck around was a character that evolved from Stupid the Stunt-Boy into Stupid Mike.

I'll never forget the first day I heard the Storm and Kenny Radio show. They played Bolero for the entire show and played clips of 411 calls asking the operator the location of the Storm and Kenny Radio show. At first I started thinking, "What the hell has 96 Wave gone and done now? Who the hell are these idiots?" But after the initial "breaking in" period of the show, I started enjoying the show. Storm and Kenny actually knew how to relate to the listeners of Charleston. They pushed the envelope just enough so that jokes were funny and not over the top. It was almost like the old days of Atom and the Critic but with a kick. It was a refreshing change from the mundane radio shows that were being played in the mornings.

The Storm and Kenny radio show was quickly becoming one of those "comforting" things in my life. I knew that every morning as I drove into work, I could turn on the radio and find Storm and Kenny talking about Current Events, sending Stupid Mike to do a rude awakening or getting the sports from him, and getting the Hollywood gossip as well as the traffic from The Traffic Fairy. Of course, that comfort blanket was torn away from me and other faithful listeners of the Storm and Kenny Radio show this morning.

Last week, Miles Crosby was "filling in" for Storm and Kenny as they were on vacation. The show was supposed to resume normal activities on Monday March 27, but when I turned on the radio this morning, I didn't hear the classic Storm and Kenny Radio show music or vibe. I heard Miles Crosby again. I thought that was pretty weird so I checked their MySpace page and the last post was that they were on vacation and that they would be back. Then later on in the day, I checked their MySpace page and saw the title of one post:

The Storm and Kenny Radio show has been taken off the air

I actually couldn't believe it. How could the "powers that be" fire one of the best radio duos since Atom and the Critic? Perhaps this was an early April Fool's joke? 96 Wave couldn't be changing their morning programming again, could they? I mean, WHY would they? From what I could tell, the Storm and Kenny radio show has developed a huge fan base. I can't tell you how many times I have been somewhere and heard someone say "wasssshhhhhhupppppp?" to someone. Or been some where else and heard someone say, that's just a load of "sh-crap!"

That's EXACTLY what this situation is — a load of SH-CRAP. Why take away something that on the surface seemed to be doing so well? I am not in broadcasting and I am not one of the owners of 96 Wave but that doesn't make sense to me. Were their ratings bad? Did they violate some FCC law? Of course, no one can talk about these things so I guess the questions will remain unanswered. All I know is the show is gone and there is no obvious reason as to why they are gone. I mean — when Taler and the Critic were axed, it was because Howard Stern was trying to grab hold of as many radio stations as possible. I can see from a business standpoint why that happened. And when Stern was dropped from the Wave and replaced with the Dick Dale show — at the time, I didn't get it (and really didn't care) but now I see it was a smart move on the radio station's part. And when the Dick Dale show was replaced by Storm and Kenny — I REALLY understood that. Dick Dale just was not a good fit for Charleston.

The Storm and Kenny Radio show, however, seemed to be a good fit for Charleston and weekday mornings. Now Miles Crosby is doing the mornings. I actually have nothing bad to say about the uncle — I think he's great. BUT I wonder if this was the right thing to do? The main thing that the Storm and Kenny radio show did in the morning was interact with the listeners making them feel as though they were part of the program. And from what I could tell — they were keeping listeners. Now they are gone and I have a feeling that many of their listeners will soon follow.

Now, I am well aware that change is inevitable. I actually am a big advocate of change. Everything must change at some point, but my feeling is that one should only opt for change when the change is NECESSARY. This is one of those instances where change wasn't needed. It's like that old saying, "if it ain't broke -- don't fix it." Why is the radio station trying to change something that we as listeners saw as never being broken?

To the owners of 96 Wave — whatever your reasons for cancelling a great show, just realize that you will be losing some listeners in the process.

Donn Ilagan
West Ashley

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