Looking at the 980 posts between all three of my public blogs, I can see what Mary Ann at work, who happens to be a faithful reader of this blog, has pointed out to me- I've grown since I have started blogging. Some exchanging of emails between me and the World's Greatest Program Director/Morning Show Co-host, Sue Wilson pointed out,to me, the same.
Before I started blogging, I was active on some message boards, usually radio related. One day I was upset because the Salem Radio Network had decided not to air Dave Ramsey on their stations. I went to the Religious/Contemporary Christian board at Radio-Info.com and started a thread by unleashing some very unchristian and uncharacteristic comments about Salem Broadcasting, which included any station not branded "The Fish" was treated like a red headed stepchild, and if they couldn't minister to the public, they should sell the stations to someone who could. I did not realize that this was the wrong board to unleash those kind of statements on and I walked straight into a hornet's nest called RadioElizabeth. RadioElizabeth happens to have been a coworker and friend of Sue Wilson. Her real name is Elizabeth Grattan. Elizabeth has some very solid convictions and can usually back them up. Me, I was going by my feelings and I couldn't argue my way out of a wet paper bag. I took on the wrong person and her online friends. My only salvation(maybe wrong choice of a word) was that Ohio Media Watch, the most respected media blogger in my area, come over to back up the spirit of my rant. The spirit of my rant was that Dave Ramsey was going off the air on the station I was listening to him on, there was no room for him on any of the other talk outlets in the greater Cleveland area, and I needed to voice my displeasure. Only problem was I took my frustration out in the wrong place.
Now at the time, the program director at the Fish was Sue Wilson. She and Elizabeth, who was once midday host there, are good friends, which I could have guessed by how often she posted "Sue Wilson rocks!" on message boards. Sue is also a reader of the message boards I post on, and by that alone I wonder why she took a liking to me. Cliff Note:That's why I awarded her with the "I've Seen you on the message boards, but I still like you Top Banana." Sue, at the time, had her own "thorn in the flesh" and that happened to be many self righteous people who took exception to the programming on the Fish. I would guess it was a very vocal minority who felt, since the music wasn't to their liking, it wasn't proper to play on a "Christian" radio station. I would also guess there were many quotes taken directly from the KJV. I listened to the station from time to time, enough to win three prizes, but the music wasn't aimed at my demo. In 2009, I feel that this "shoot the messenger" attitude from supposed Christians is wrong.
I also feel that I do not write a "Christian" blog. I am a Christian who blogs. There also aren't "Christian radio stations," but Christians who work at radio stations. Sometimes we improperly give things labels. These labled objects then become the reason for unfair attacks and these attacks usually hit too many innocent bystanders.
I say I've grown because a few weeks after the rant on Radio-info was when I started blogging, and I blogged a few of these rants in some of my early posts. And at one time I was going through a phase where I would have been one of those who sent out the nasty, self righteous emails. Sometimes God works overtime to protect the foolish from themselves.
By the way, here's Elizabeth Grattan's website. Also check out the latest post on Sue Wilson's Voice Over. It's very thought provoking.