Lis­ten­ers want ra­dio hosts brought back

Pe­ti­tion launched af­ter Bell Me­dia dropped Ill­man and Cor­lett

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - CATHARINE WHITNALL KAWARTHA LAKES THIS WEEK

LIND­SAY — A small group of sup­port­ers took to the street in Lind­say on Mon­day af­ter­noon to protest the lay­offs of Bob FM’s long­time morn­ing show hosts.

Dave Ill­man and Julie Cor­lett were laid off Thursday by sta­tion own­ers Bell Me­dia, shock­ing many in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing Mike Perry who or­ga­nized the rally ask­ing the com­pany to re­verse its de­ci­sion.

“I went to school with Dave in Fenelon ... Dave was at the sta­tion for 30 years, and to be walked out, un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously, on the same day — that’s just bru­tal,” said Perry adding it’s un­for­tu­nate when profits are more im­por­tant than peo­ple, cit­ing Bell Me­dia’s par­ent com­pany BCE made close to $3 bil­lion last year.

“Big busi­nesses can’t keep treat­ing peo­ple like they’re dis­pos­able ... When big busi­nesses make de­ci­sions that af­fect us lo­cally, then we have to stand up and use our voice. They’ve been here for us and now we’re here for them. That’s what com­mu­ni­ties do.”

Cor­lett joined the ra­dio sta­tion 18 years ago, co-host­ing the morn­ing show with Rick Ringer.

She teamed up with Ill­man 11 years ago.

The fol­low­ing year he be­came pro­gram di­rec­tor as well.

Ill­man and Cor­lett were more than just voices on the ra­dio, Perry said. They pro­vided an in­valu­able ser­vice to many com­mu­nity groups, char­i­ties and ser­vices.

Los­ing the morn­ing show will have a neg­a­tive im­pact on these groups that ben­e­fited greatly from the ex­po­sure and aware­ness.

“Their morn­ing show was part of the ru­ral com­mu­nity cul­ture. Now that’s lost.”

A pe­ti­tion at chng.it/5bbPhMjVWs is also be­ing cir­cu­lated urg­ing Bell Me­dia to re­turn Ill­man and Cor­lett to the air­waves.

CATHER­INE WHITNALL KAWARTHA LAKES THIS WEEK

A group of peo­ple ex­pressed their dis­ap­point­ment with Bell Me­dia for can­celling a Bob FM morn­ing show.

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