Radio show promises news with no ‘agenda’

Fledgling news radio station KNOZ-97.7 FM recently started broadcasting its first local news show, Grand Valley Live, to listeners in Grand Junction, Delta and Montrose.

The show, which runs from 9 to 10 a.m. daily, is a break from the station’s usual broadcast of national and world news via America’s Radio News Network in Washington, D.C.

Grand Valley Live will focus on community affairs, and with the upcoming election, airtime will be primarily devoted to current issues and the candidates’ stances.

General Manager Paul Varecha said the show was created based on an observed need for unbiased journalism in western Colorado.

“The station is really journalism without agenda,” Varecha said. “Our goal is to provide accurate news and information. We like to be able to present both sides of an issue, and with elections coming up, we want to be able to talk to both (parties).” Longtime broadcasters Bill Jones and Brad Scott host the show. Jones, who currently lives in Denver, has previous experience at Grand Junction stations KEXO-1230 AM and KNZZ-1100 AM. He related the expanding FM talk radio audience to the success of AM, and hopes that Grand Valley Live will be another success story. “We’ve had a little bit of a shaky start, a few technical problems, but that’s to be expected,” Jones said. “You refine as you go along, and the show will only get better.”

Jones said he also wants to provide an unbiased take on current politics.

“I hope we’ll be able to present a point of view that is really objective and fair, based on neither Republicans or Democrats, but one that looks at the political system and puts forth some answers,” Jones said. After the political climate settles down in November, Jones said he has his sights set on “topics that our listeners are interested in,” including Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Listeners can tune in at 97.7 FM, online at KNOZfm.com and are encouraged to send in questions through the station’s Facebook page.


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August 15, 2012

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
P.O. Box 668
Grand Junction, CO 81502

Dear Editors:

As announced in today’s Sentinel – “New KNOZ radio show promises news with no ‘agenda’” – live on-air political debate is occurring daily from 9 to 10 at 97.7 FM.

As listeners will have already heard, both Republicans and Libertarians are continuing to sprinkle the “fairy dust” of “trickle down economics” on unsuspecting local audiences. 

Hearkening back to JFK’s and Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts, these “supply-siders” maintain that tax cuts “eventually” lead to increased revenues resulting from economic growth.

However, as co-host Bill Jones accurately noted, tax revenues always “eventually” rise regardless of tax cuts – due to population growth and inflation.  JFK’s tax cuts lowered the top joint bracket from 90% to 56% over $300,000 of income, while Reagan’s were accompanied by profligate deficit spending – which increased growth and revenues (but not enough to offset the deficits).  As a result, the National Debt (as percent of Gross Domestic Product) doubled under Reagan and Bush I.

That is why Republican David Stockman resigned as Reagan’s Budget Director in 1985, confirming that Reagan’s “conservative” fiscal policies were “Voodoo Economics”.
Monday, Stockman derided Romney’s “Ryan Budget” as being “devoid of credible math or hard policy choices” and thus an “empty conservative fairy tale” – joining Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, who warned that the “Ryan Budget” should not be taken seriously.  “This is just a fantasy, not a serious policy proposal,” wrote Krugman.
Yet amnesiatic Republicans and their gullible local fellow-travelers do take it seriously – hook, line, and sinker – believing that more tax cuts for the wealthy while gutting the social safety net (especially, Medicare) will somehow magically rejuvenate the economy.
.Stockman also derided the Romney-Ryan ticket’s attacks on the ineffectual and thus “pointless Dodd-Franks regulatory overhaul”, when what is really needed is renewal of the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act – to protect Main Street from Wall Street.

              Bill Hugenberg
              543 Rim Drive
              Grand Junction, CO 81507
Word Count = 300         257-1998

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