Doesn't Support KUT's Management

RECEIVED Fri., Oct. 23, 2009

Dear Editor,
    I enjoyed reading Richard Whittaker's mention of Elliott Naishtat's "Sonic ID" on KUT-FM in this past issue [“Naked City,” News, Oct. 23]. And I am especially grateful to Mr. Naishtat for his open letter stating his true feelings on the matter. But this is hardly the only distortion of artists' and listeners' feelings toward KUT and current KUT management that KUT has been airing.
    If you go to the SaveKUTAustin website, there is a long list of the musicians who support our group. And, as Mr. Whittaker stated, the one time we accidentally included an artist in error, we immediately and publicly apologized. But if you listen to KUT, you will currently hear Sonic ID's from some of these same artists that give the very impression that Mr Naishtat's did, that they are in support of KUT policies. But it is a long leap from being a supporter of public radio and KUT in general to being a supporter of the direction that Stewart Vanderwilt is trying to take the station in. Vanderwilt is aware of this, but those spots continue to air. And his deliberate, willful misrepresentation of his listeners' opinions just points out again his arrogant, disdainful view of those listeners. Apparently there is only one viewpoint that matters to him, and that is his own.
    All of the 1,700-plus members of SaveKUTAustin are supporters of public radio; it is the reason the group exists to begin with. And most of us are longtime listeners and supporters of KUT. But we want KUT to go back to being the kind of station that reflected Austin attitudes and values, not one that condones the disgraceful treatment of Larry Monroe and Paul Ray. This is not how Austin shows support for its artists, and we as a community need to let him know that. Do not support bad KUT management!
Thank you,
Jim Vest
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