What has WCOA become?
August 7, 2006
First…I did not major in English. I’m just a native of the City of Five flags and do not like the city getting slammed by some transplants…no not you…a short version
Last Friday, I happened to catch some of Luther Eason’s (Luke McCoys) ‘Pensacola Speaks’ as he was pontificating on the Maritime Park news. He made a comment that really burns me, and it should also ruffle a few feathers.
He stated that Dr. John Cavanaugh was only trying to gain fame so he could add to his resume,,, and maybe, just maybe get a job at a REAL UNIVERSITY some day. This is coming from WCOA’S Pensacola Speaks program.
Matter of history, WCOA was named originally for Wonderful City of Advantages when it was first on the air. WCOA was a mainstay for this area in the 50..60.. and 70’s for being the leader in local news. I know it goes against everything that Pensacola Speaks was started for.
There are a lot of good Newscasters and air personalities as well as listeners that would be turning over in their graves. Some are still with us, Gordon Towne, Dave Pavlock, Byrne Bennete and I hope they did not tune in to what Speaks has become.
Don Priest was our version of Walter Cronkite for 3 decades and I know he would never would have tolerated putting people down that are only helping keep our city moving foreword. I was lucky enough to have worked in the newsroom with some of them. It is ironic that Wonderful City of Advantages is becoming a one sided forum. Maybe Luke could get Mark O’Brian to team up with him.
I know society changes and “Radio ain’t what it used to be” When you paper first started, it provided a way to get information out to the readers..and your team has carried that forward. There are a lot of times that I don’t agree or like what you write, but you at least do it fairly.
This is not a letter to the editor … just a chance to say that I along with a lot of other citizens are ashamed of the UWF President being slandered as he was.Maybe they changed the meaning of WCOA to Wonderful City of A………
Thanks for letting me vent and at the same time to inform you of McCoys rantings.