One year ago today, I resigned my position as a KMHD volunteer program host. Though that decision was made in haste, it was not made without good reason. A year later, I can honestly state that if I had it to do over again, I would not change anything.
I will also say that I miss doing Saturday Night Jazz a lot; I do not miss The Gold Standard one bit. (Speaking of which, my hat is off to Andrew Dowd, however, for sticking with the show since I left a year ago. Programming The Gold Standard is no easy task. Or at least, it wasn’t for me. Congratulations, Andrew!)
Most of all, I miss the station KMHD used to be, and never again will be. I understand fully all the reasons why it had to move away from Mount Hood Community College. I fully supported the move. Between the station’s deteriorating financial situation and certain individuals connected with the station who, like Nero, fiddled while Rome burned, that change was inevitable if the station was to survive.
However, as the old saying goes, “Change for the sake of change never is a good thing.” Looking in from the outside, much of what has transpired in the last year appears to fall under that category, not the least of which was replacing a still-popular show, Saturday Night Jazz, with The Gold Standard.
So, this is not exactly a happy anniversary, but it is an anniversary none the less.
Oddly, I don’t feel like celebrating.
“I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.” -E.B. White (1899-1985)