Listeners want radio hosts brought back
Petition launched after Bell Media dropped Illman and Corlett
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.
A group of people expressed their disappointment with Bell Media for cancelling a Bob FM morning show.