Comment posted Parish pump politics pursue Bute FM by Richie Cuthbertson.
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- Thanks Angela. All the best to you too
- Man this is going to be a long post, you might want to get a cup of tea or something.
I have read about what happened in 2010. I get the impression from reading it, that it isn’t the full story. And only half the story about what happened is told.
However what happened then, isn’t now. How the station is performing now is what’s important.
I personally feel the management do a good job. I honestly have nothing to gain from saying this. I am just a humble volunteer & this is my honest opinion as a Bute FM volunteer. I like to say what I think also, & this is genuinely how I feel.
You can’t have a station without management, it would quickly fall apart. There has to be rules. None of the rules are enforced with an iron fist. Any rules are there out of respect for fellow presenters doing their shows, & to help with the running of the station, they are not there for management.
I’ve never been made to feel ‘it’s managements way or no way. ‘ In fact the opposite. Management are always very open to new ideas & suggestions. And always very good at explaining why something can’t be done.
Every meeting I’ve attended has been transparent & accountability hasn’t been an issue, for me anyway. I am always made to feel we are all in it together & any issues are allowed discussion & often get resolved.
I can’t comment on what it was like in 2010 as I wasn’t there. But in the present, the here & now, I can’t see any problems with how it is run.
Again, it is how the station is doing now I want to focus on, not how it was in the past. The past is the past. Everyone makes mistakes, nobody is perfect.
We recently did a community survey & are in the process of making changes to the schedule & adding new content in response to those answers from the community. Obviously you can’t please everyone & naturally have to go with what the majority of the community want, not a small minority.
Any volunteers who have left while I’ve been there, bar one, have done so because they are unable to work there any more due to other commitments in their lives, not because they feel disgruntled.
The bar one, whose name I won’t mention, because it is not right for me to do so, chose to leave, he wasn’t sacked. He had been behaving without respect for other presenters or the radio station. He was warned & given a chance to sort it out, & he chose to resign.
This is just my opinion as a volunteer at Bute FM. I have nothing to gain, & if I felt something was wrong there, you can be sure I would say so.
My opinion is it is a great, chilled out, happy place & I enjoy being a volunteer there.
The hostility towards Bute FM just makes me feel sad to be honest.
Again I’m not posting this to promote anything or put anyone down. This is just my honest opinion on the matter.
- What are Bute FM guilty of Bill?
I’ve been there since Febuary & have seen nothing to warrant these unfair attacks against them. They have always been fair with staff & from what I have seen strive to do the best they can to serve the community. Often under difficult circumstances by those putting them down in the community, & those deliberately keeping them out of the loop regarding community events.
I don’t know the ins and outs of what happened in 2010, & I don’t want to know. That was two years ago, it’s the past & I am only interested in the here & now.
The last station manager left because he said the job wasn’t for him. Not because he had a problem with Bute FM. In fact if he finds time to do it. He said he may present a show on Bute FM in the future.
Nobody who is anti Bute FM has ever really explained what it is that warrants this attack on Bute FM.
So I challenge you. Tell me, what exactly are Bute FM doing wrong at the moment? Can anyone explain/debate it sensibly.
All I see is childish hostility & shouty comments which have nothing of substance.
With all this silly in-fighting, we may end up with Bute no longer having a community radio station, which will be sad.
This hostility to Bute FM makes no sense to me.
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