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ICRT shakeup shakes up listeners

The following messages were posted recently on The China Post's Facebook page. These are readers' reactions toward local English radio station ICRT's changing of DJs.

I would really like if you use your public voice to speak for the listeners of ICRT. The recent changes, including changing three DJs without any pre-announcements and treating it as if it never happened, really surprised me. I grew up listening to ICRT, Ron Stuart & Stevie, they were of great influence on my life. The management never made any public explanations of this issue and many listeners have been trying to reach them to express our feelings about the recent changes. It would be really great if you include this in your paper, since ICRT, along with The China Post, are all things English learners look for, and losing those DJs is really taking the most representative faces of ICRT away without any solid reasons.

Micky Fu

The sudden and unexpected changes at ICRT call for a look into the decisions being made by ICRT managers and its Chairman Nelson Chang. We hope you publish this letter so the public can voice their outrage at ICRT's decision-making. We want Ron Stewart to be back on air but ICRT doesn't hear us. Hope you can help us. Not only foreign workers want Ron to be back on air but also the Taiwanese. Ron is not only a DJ but a real friend to us. A good man to anyone.

Michelle Climaco Ople

This is a letter that has been sent to ICRT management.

Dear ICRT,

The reason why Ron Stewart is so highly respected is because he symbolizes the concept “Community,” i.e. family feeling/togetherness.

He is on Facebook every day interacting with the audience. Over the years he has built close and trusted relationships with listeners and that takes hard work and talent.

Most importantly though, he is down-to-earth and humble (that is crucial in Taiwanese culture).

During his shows he SHARES with people — personal experiences, great stories, funny jokes, opinions and emotions.

Managers and program directors should also follow his positive example and face their listeners and develop relationships with them to know their likes and dislikes.

The change of scheduling was too sudden, information too slow and not clear. Listeners deserve better.

You cannot cancel a show like “Extreme Radio” and not expect EXTREME FALLOUT. People are obviously disappointed. The one thing I care about most is that an organization be responsive and accountable to its target audience/customer.

I hope you guys and Ron can sort out your differences and come to some kind of compromise.

Kind Regards,

G.C.

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January 20, 2013    lovelly_angel75@
I personally felt so disappointed with ICRT management decision to stop Extreme Radio and a few favorite programs from them. ICRT is the first English radio in Taiwan that I used to listen since 10 years ago. That is big chance that really made my life so different. I’m an overseas worker, and his show (Ron Stuart) made me feel that I’m a part of a big family in Taiwan. He made us as a BIG FAMILY on his program. We really want him and his show to be back on air again.

Regards,
Angel
January 20, 2013    monkeyman@
I sympathize with these feelings... I miss Ron, too

But as ICRT has expressed in public statements, they have no outside revenue support (no government money, no money from AIT or any foreign businesses) and the radio ad market is shrinking by the day.

How are they supposed to survive? After all, they are giving us free music and programming. Who will pay for salaries, electricity prices for broadcasting a radio signal, etc?

This is a problem faced by radio stations in many countries.

The community must find some way to fund ICRT...or it might die completely.
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