The purpose of this blog is to act as a forum for fans of Rob Schilling to voice their desire for WINA to put him back on the air, as half of the "Morning Team."
Over the past year, Rob has done an excellent job as part of the "morning team." Although he started as a guest host, he was soon promoted to be the co-host of the WINA Morning Show, along with Jane Foy.
The Charlottesville-Albemarle community has benefited enormously from Rob's positive, fair, and insightful voice, his deep knowledge of local politics from his years on the City Council, and his inquisitive interviews. (To learn about Rob's fascinating background, see "About Rob," below)
But on September 4, without any pre-announcement and for the rest of the week, the Morning Show had a new co-host sit in with Jane Foy. We understand that WINA is a private business, and as such, can make whatever personnel decisions it wants.
The fact is, however, that the station only earns money as a result of advertising --- which is based on listenership.
Those of us who have looked forward each morning to hearing Rob & Jane discuss national & local issues, in their inimitable style, and with the lighthearted yet often serious nature of their interchange, miss it very much. Although there currently is no (private) alternative to WINA for local news & talk radio, there are innumerable TV, Internet and print vehicles with which to obtain local news & information.
So, if enough people decide to utilize these vehicles, WINA will definitely feel the impact --- and will hopefully bring Rob back!!!
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED: Please let WINA know how you feel about its decision to replace Rob!!! Here's WINA's contact info:
Renee Quesenberry, General Manager: email@example.comRemember, however you choose to make your voice known, please remember to be courteous, concise and on-target --- those are the messages that WINA will pay attention to.
Rick Daniels, WINA Program Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
WINA business phone: 220-2300
WINA fax: 220-2304
Please also consider leaving a comment on this blog (click on "Comment" at the bottom of this page). Although anonymous comments are welcome, the most helpful ones will be those that include the writer's name (think of Letters-To-The-Editor). We will periodically be forwarding these comments on to WINA's management.
Let's work together to help convince WINA to bring back Rob ---- soon!!!
A native of southern Califironia, Rob relocated to Charlottesville in 1998 to enjoy what he describes as the idyllic lifestyle of our area. In addition to being an accomplished musican and singer-songwriter, Rob is also a savvy businessman.
In 2002, Rob was elected to the City Council as its lone Republican. A staunch defender of freedom, property rights and responsible, accountable government, Rob tirelessly fought for intelligent financial management and transparency in all City affairs.
In 2006, Rob fought for a controversial elected school board referendum, against seemingly overwhelming opposition, from entrenched political interests. In the end, with Rob's leadership, the measure passed by a significant margin, and local parents have been grateful.
Along with his wife Joan, and their son, Gabriel, Rob has made a distinctive and positive contribution to life in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
Here are some links to learn more about Rob:
Rob Schilling: City Councilor And Democratic Machine-Slayer
Send Schilling Back To The Council
Schilling on the Budget
Sing A Psalm By Rob Schilling - A Musical Profile (listen to and buy Rob's music!!!)