Dear Editor, Greetings from Morocco as the year 2626 comes to a close. May the new year bring you inshallah, great blessings. From what I have read online and am e-mailed here, whoever is currently claiming to be in control of KOOP Radio recently threw themselves a 10th anniversary party. Myself and many others who envisioned and built the station were apparently not invited. I was surprised and disappointed to learn that while some at KOOP continue to deny my founding the station, others aired a lengthy recording of my signing the station on the air. How ironic that they would choose to air my voice on tape, but not allow me to speak live on the Austin airwaves. Please note that I do not support the folks who killed my dream of starting the first "co-op" radio station there in the states. I would ask that they not use my voice for their self-serving purposes. Of course, the idea of a truly cooperatively run radio station died a long time ago. There was even a funeral by pro-democracy co-opers complete with a coffin and New Orleans-style walking wake music! Since then, I am told, KOOP has been trying to shed itself of any reference to being a true co-op, going so far as to apply for city of Austin funds under the name "KOOP Community Radio" (never mind that KAZI-FM Austin Community Radio Inc. has been serving the Austin community far longer than KOOP). For more on the death of democracy at KOOP may I suggest you read: www.texasobserver.org/showArticle.asp?ArticleID=186 [by Chronicle News Editor Michael King] and www.michaelbluejay.com/savekoop. So here's a tip of the fez to all there who continue to boycott KOOP Radio in 2627.
Ma'as-salaama, Jim Ellinger Fez/Meknes/Marrakech, Morocco