Even for the normally loose-lipped Joe Sonderman, this one's a doozy: in the Dec./Jan issue of the St. Louis Journalism Review, the end of his far-ranging column "AM/FM" is devoted to a slam of the RFT's "Best of" Awards that encompasses community radio station KDHX, too. Or maybe it's the other way around? In either case, Sonderman's doggin' 'em both out, after congratulating the staff of Lindenwood University's KCLC (89.1 FM) for taking home this year's RFT nod for "best radio station":
"Now, we all know the RFT rankings are a complete joke. Its arrogant, PC staff and many of their readers despise commercial radio, constantly naming KDHX (88.1 FM) the best station. The station would not last one minute if it was required to turn a profit...So, congratulations again to KCLC. At least RFT readers didn't pick KDHX again."
(We'll set aside for the moment the fact that, alas for Joe, the readers' choice *was* KDHX; he's muddled the staff's pick and the readers' pick.) While it should be noted I have a non-financial interest in the perception of KDHX, that's mighty big talk from a columnist whose own publication also can't support itself in the marketplace alone. Come to think of it, Joe must be outnumbered in his thinking over there, since in many ways they're casting their lot with the future of KDHX radio and tv: founder Charles Klotzer looks forward in the new issue to a potential new show on KDHX-TV that will "add to the presence of SJR in our community."