Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Creationism Comes To Greece


SCATS: I found out that WGMC now runs a "paid program" called Good News Rock and Blues which has segments promoting creationism. Here is a link to one of them: http://www.creationmoments.com/radio/transcripts/too-young-rings-uranus.
 
I don't think this is appropriate for our school station Is this something you would want to pursue?
 
Brian Caterino

 
SCATS ~~ No, Brian. I do not think this is appropriate! I'll bet this is yet another case where the powers that be are TOTALLY CLUELESS ;)

  

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm unclear about this "paid programming." Can anyone buy time on WGMC? If time can be bought why isn't it open for free to any local citizens for free? Who makes such decisions. I have always had a hard time figuring how the station is run and how it is justified as a community station. Who is included in this "community"-- not me

Anonymous said...

Umm......I think our tax dollars go to help support this radio station. Can public funds be used to air religious content?

SCATS said...

To 5:51PM & 6:37PM ~~ Both good questions!

Anonymous said...

I guess I am a little confused about the issue brought up by Brian. I have gone by Odyssey school as well as The Athena building and have seen banners staked up indicating that worship services are held there on Sundays. Apparently churches rent rooms at these schools and hold services. If this is obviously permitted why wouldn't the radio station be allowed to air paid programming of religious reference? If they can pay to use a building what is the difference if they pay to use the airwaves? Aren't some board members on comitees with community groups some which I I remember reading correctly are pastors? It seems as if the district works with various church groups in many different ways so why are some ways acceptable but just not the radio aspect of it? It seems it should be all or none. You can't pick and choose what church affiliations are acceptable for the school and what ones people want to have issue with.

SCATS said...

To 10:22PM ~~ Actually, I could not disagree more. When it comes to picking & choosing, WGRC only exists because GCSD allows them to continue! They are not a necessity. They are not mandated. They are 100% expendable.

As for your reference to Julia's religious affiliations while on the BOE, she got the district into a whole heap of trouble with her group of pastors meddling into school district business. THAT disaster was dispensed with almost as soon as it was created.

I wonder, has WGRC paid off their debt to GCSD yet??

Anonymous said...

As someone who was involved in a volunteer capacity with the station in the 80's and 90's, i'd like to set a few things straight. Sadly, many of you are mistaken and are making ASSumptions. WGMC is owned by the school district, but pays ALL of it's own expenses through fundraising. NO TAXPAYER DOLLARS fund operations (i.e. salaries, benefits, equipment, etc.) Also, any residents may approach the station for paid programming opportunities, not just Greece residents. Typically, organizations that do this are community groups, churches, clubs etc. If you look at their program schedule, you will see a German, Lithuanian and Spanish language paid programs as well as the program in question. No station "gives away" airtime for free. This is also the case for WBER, which is owned by BOCES #1, and WIRQ which is owned by Irondequoit Schools. Be careful any assumptions made, as traditionally, they are wrong. As an aside, the "person" that posted on behalf of SCATS has partially showed your age. The station was never WGRC, tho the call sign was floated as a possibility - in the 70's. Brian? is that you buddy?

SCATS said...

To 3:11PM ~~ Nope, not Brian. In fact, I've never heard of WGRC. It was merely a typo. Google says it's a Christian station located in Pa.

Roy Elliot said...

Dear Mr. Catterino,

Thank you for bringing this issue to the attention of the people.
Throughout the history of this great nation of ours, much blood was spilled and many lives were lost to secure this right to express our views and opinions.

Let us not forget the sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, and their families, who continue to defend the freedoms we hold dear.
Sincerely,
Roy Elliot
Producer/Host
Good News Rock and Blues

SCATS said...

To 5:50PM ~~ I'd also point out that throughout history, much blood was (continues to be) spilled and many lives were/are lost in wars fought over religion.

jay cee said...

As a “Public Service of the Greece Central School District,” WGMC Jazz 90.1 is allowing its paid programmer “Good News Rock and Blues” to further the agenda of young-earth creationists by broadcasting the anti-science/anti-evolution “Creation Moments” segment. But let’s be clear: “Creation Moments” doesn’t merely represent a different view; its intention is to discredit science in favor of a supernatural (i.e. non-scientific) explanation for the rings of Uranus, life on Earth, etc. The result is a school district whose science department teaches real science on the one hand, while acting as a clearing house for an anti-science Christian ministry on the other (albeit indirectly through the radio station it owns).
My opinion of WGMC dropped considerably once I heard it broadcast “Creation Moments,” and dropped further still when the station manager informed me that, because the programmer provides revenue for the station, he can broadcast whatever he likes - including misinformation about science. But I do wonder if the paid programmer would still have the freedom to broadcast the inane “Creation Moments” if doing so became so unpopular that it adversely affected the station’s Fall Pledge Drive, which begins October 14. After all, it seems to be all about the money.

SCATS said...

To 6:13PM ~~ Your comment states things very clearly, TY.

Anonymous said...

Time to terminate the programmer

SCATS said...

To 11:08AM ~~ I think you may be right.

Anonymous said...

Is the school radio station an open forum for issue advocacy of any type? Can anyone get time and advocate on the issue they choose. For that is what is being done on this show. Or is this kind of programming limited to friends who pay to play.
If this type of programming is okay then anyone who wants to advocate should be allowed to program a show.
We only have free speech if everyone is allowed to use the radio station as a forum.

Anonymous said...

Lets not be too hasty here. Once you sell airtime, freedom of speech issues come in to play. What law allows WGMC to reject paid programming based solely on content, once they establish that they are in the business of accepting paid programming?