(three dots ... means something has been edited out)
Frucil" sent copies of his lies to everyone he could think
of at my station, at Clear Channel, and the local newspaper.
Anyone who actually listened to me on Friday knows what
a miserable, hateful misrepresentation his e-mail is.
Subject: WOAI & KTSA on "National Day of Prayer & Remembrance"
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 23:02:00 -0500
Okay, I admit it.
Due to this horrible act of terrorism, I've been going up
and down the dial, searching for the latest news and information.
When WOAI is at commercial, I check out KTSA and when KTSA
is at commercial, I check out WOAI.
Today, on this
National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, I went to KTSA and
heard Brad Messer chastising callers for wanting to talk
about God, Prayer, Remembrance and Mourning. Brad said,
"We're not talking about Prayer here, we're talking about
terrorism and war."
I won't call Brad
or KTSA "Godless," but I did hear the National Prayer Service
on WOAI along with many spiritual leaders like Buckner Fanning
actually PRAYING on this National Day of Prayer and Remembrance.
It pains me to
say this, being a longtime KTSA listener, but "Brand X"
was truly alligned with my heart and prayers today. Guess
I'll continue to spend more time with the station open to
affirming Prayer and Remembrance today.
My public response ---
the national prayer service live on Friday from approximately
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
that, I promoted Friday as the National Day of Prayer and
Remembrance, and read this tribute
[MEMORIAM] which I had composed to honor the victims.
At the same time
doing that, WOAI was running a one-hour-old tape of Rush
Limbaugh, which was particularly laughable because Mr. Limbaugh
actually promoted the fact that the national prayer service
was about to begin in a few minutes (it was, of course,
The quote from
"Nick" is fiction.
around, "Nick" must have heard the national prayer service
-- correction, a tape-delay broadcast of an abbreviated
portion of the service -- on WOAI, after it ended.
While WOAI continued
on with nationally syndicated programming, my show on KTSA
went on to feature live coverage of news conferences by
the head of the FBI and the Attorney General, which WOAI
apparently felt were unimportant despite America gearing
up for war.
"Nick" may have
heard me tell two callers that their attempts to talk about
abortion were not welcome, in that my program was a discussion
of terrorism and the imminent war. "Nick" apparently confused
abortion with prayer. I never did.
I am not sending
this entire response to the dozens of people to whom "Nick"
sent his lies, as enough of their time has been wasted with
"Nick's" silliness already.
Please re read
your Friday opening speech [MEMORIAM] on Monday. Thanks
for the sentiments of many.
Brad, Thank you so much for posting this lovely piece [MEMORIAM]
on your web site. I was in the process of e-mailing you through
my tears to ask you to post it or please send me a copy. I
have sent it to many friends. Hope you don't mind. You are
doing a great job in an unbelievably difficult time ... Keep
your chin up, don't get too exhausted or you will be sick
Thanks Brad [for
MEMORIAM]. I've always thought you were the best. Heck,
I didn't even vacate KTSA for Rush. Please always be there.
I got back from church
at lunch and must have just missed your writings [MEMORIAM]
from last night. I did manage to hear several of your listeners
express deepest appreciation for your words. I hope your writings
are posted on your website so that I can share in them, too
All I can say is,
well said. The point of your memoriam was completely understood!
Thank-you for being part of my world.
KTSA in general
and Brad Messer in particular are doing an outstanding job
of reporting this crisis we are experiencing. You have been
right on top of everything immediately and we appreciate
it. WOAI is being the sewage station that it is now, and
has been since Ashworth took over. I used to listen only
Hello Brad- I am
not a Clinton lover, however, I am getting real bored with
the idiots that hold him responsible for everything wrong
in their lives and, for that matter, the world. The lady
you cut off deserved to be cut off. She made her point and
was beginning to digress ... You have a great show !
Keep up the good
work as the ONLY radio station in this great city providing
its citizens the real news, whether in a crisis or not.
Brad, I guess it
is somewhat strange to feel close to a voice on the radio.
But I have felt this way about you since first hearing you,
even when I did not agree with you, since l990 or '91, somewhere
around that time. I am just so PROUD of you and to "know"
you! Your boldness, your lack of fear or intimidation, and
above all else, your fairness and your honor! You are one
in a million. Thank you for being there and being who you
Brad, yours is
one of the few voices that I hear pleading for sensible
measures to be taken in securing our nation. Thank you!!!!
I have listened to the measures that have been instituted
by the FAA. They are a pure "knee-jerk" reaction to what
has happened. If they want to do something that makes sense,
why don't they look at what the Israelis do. I have spent
the majority of my life as an adult, in the military, and
traveled the world. I have been through most of the major
airports of the world and can tell you this. Terrorists
have struck all over the world and yet security can be applied
in a sane manner. This is one time that the United States
can and should look to the rest of the world for answers,
especially at the airport.
Referencing your take on airport security;
I thought it would take longer than 24 hours for people
to start complaining about how your pathetic lives would
be inconvenienced due to what some would call extreme security
precautions. What makes my blood boil is the incredibly
stupid misunderstanding between what are rights and what
are privileges. Check your constitution. I'm pretty sure
there is nothing in there about your "rights"
to plastic knives and curbside baggage drop off! ... To
compound the "idiocy" is people like you make
statements as fact on topics you have no background in.
Why don't you reach out to the security community and get
a reasonable assessment on why some of these things are
done before you shoot your mouth off. Sincerely
Thanks for helping to quell all the Nostradamus bull****.
I think that people with big gaps in their own personal
information sphere (mainly because they didn't finish their
education, don't read or do research on their own) will
tend to place extra, undue importance upon other people's
ideas and theories. This Nostradamus farce is a bandwagon
that's available to jump on that helps the insecure explain
things they cannot explain or otherwise come to grips with
on their own. Confident, independent, and intelligent people
dont need to pile on, and have the brainpower to sort this
stuff all out in a healthy way on their own. It helps everyone
that you are on the air (and have your website) to guide
things a little. Thanks.
...you remember that guy who broke a couple of windows out
of that restaurant on McCullough? Why didn't anyone refer
to the incident as "an act by a Christian terrorist?"
Or, maybe even as a "radical Christian terrorist?"
How about, "some dumb-ass, white Christian boy?"
Just wondering... just wondering.
I listened to some of your shows on the radio, I think you
guys are doing an excellent job.
Listen every day. I find it hard to put into words the feelings
that I have had since 10am Tuesday the 11th. I have gone from
shock, to saddness, sorrow, anger, and pure rage, then back
around in a circle. I dont know any of the faces, and I will
not remember most of the name, but I will take ALL of those
valiant heroes and victims with me, in my heart every day
for the rest of my life.
Thank you for your feelings on how we classify ourselves (African-Amercian,
etc.). We are Americans and should be proud of our ancestors
and where they came from, but we now live in America and should
embrace that. Unfortunaltely, we have become a selfish society.
Maybe we will come together as Americans and drop the name
I agree totally with you! Why are airports preparing for bombs
when that's not what happened? Common sense is needed to defeat
terrorism. Why hadn't our "intelligence" community
considered that airliners could be hijacked and be flown into
so-called "soft" targets? Warnings have been issued
for years about how vulnerable our airliners are to hijackings
-- especially considering the alleged "security"
guards are paid minimum wage for the mind-numbing job of looking
at X-ray pictures for hours at a time. The system needs to
be federalized, highly sophisticated and with air marshals
aboard all planes. Meanwhile, where have all our Rambos gone?
Why would 90 or 60 people sit meekly by and let several bad
guys armed with box cutters ram planes into buildings? At
least, it looks like several people on one of the four planes
had some guts. America has gone soft; so we're easy targets.
God bless you, Brad! In this time of confusion and despair,
you have been like a breath of fresh air. Your voice --
and your words -- have been comforting these past few days.
You probably have no idea of what a key role you play in
so many listeners lives. I'm fortunate to be able to listen
to you each day. Keep up the good work and thank you.
P.S. I listened to about two minutes of Chris and Charlie
on WOAI yesterday, and those two are idiots! They could
learn a thing or two from you.
Thank you for your
feelings on how we classify ourselves (African-Amercian,
etc.). We are Americans and should be proud of our ancestors
and where they came from, but we now live in America and
should embrace that. Unfortunaltely, we have become a selfish
society. Maybe we will come together as Americans and drop
the name game. Sincerely,
Could you please pass this on to your associates? Thanks
for the coverage that you have provided today on the assault
on our country. It is in times of trouble that the true
colors of professionals come through. Your commercial free,
commercial refusing attitude that allows a community as
proud as San Antonio's to grieve with one another as a family
is worthy of all the thanks I can muster. Your dedication
to excellence and your loyalty to this community will no
doubt be rewarded. GOD BLESS Y'ALL
Everyone in the
99 county area, who has paid any attention at all, recognizes
that YOU are the consummate newsperson!!! You've been on
air for hours today--thank you for being such the professional.
I've no idea how you did it. By the way, your voice is working
at getting thready again. Please either take care or get
some chicken soup. You ARE the best.
Well done to the
entire KTSA team! It's 1:08 AM and you're still Live and
Local. By the way: You (Brad) sounded better after midnight
than the CBS TV anchor at 6PM. (Is it like the queen of
England: he can't retire until Walter Cronkite dies?)...
What a surprise
to find you on at this time of day! You are doing a great
Please tell WOAI
to shut up during a big story. For about a half hour this
afternoon I was listening to them and what seemed like every
30 seconds, I heard WOAI 1200 this, WOAI 1200 that. It got
very old. They kept breaking into network coverage to say
WOAI 1200. It sounded like WOAI was the story and not New
York or Washington D.C.!