How much is George Rebane’s right-wing rants on the “News Hour” costing KVMR?

“Over half of the $4 million cost has been donated or pledged by the generous fans and friends of KVMR and the Nevada Theatre. In November, 2015, The Bridge Street Project launched a new $1,000,000 capital campaign to reduce construction loans to a manageable level. To date, $377,000 has been raised towards this goal. A few opportunities remain to name rooms or the entire building for donations of $5,000 or more. Please join us in this collaboration that is creating a cultural legacy for our community,” according to its website.

That’s still a $623,000 shortfall.

Here are some responses:

“Because of Rebane’s diatribe of hate, I’ve stopped supporting KVMR. The policy of KVMR to support distasteful, hateful and erroneously dangerous opinions in the name of some sort of liberal tolerance, is misguided and I won’t lend my ear or pocketbook to it.” —Karla Arens

“I agree 100%. I stopped when Rebane started. Terribly misplaced magnanimity and just plain stupidity and willfulness on the part of KVMR.” -brucelevy

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

6 thoughts on “How much is George Rebane’s right-wing rants on the “News Hour” costing KVMR?”

  1. Well Jeff, you know my beef with KVMR and its lack of oversight.
    And yes, doubling down on its mistake has cost KVMR our support as well.
    But hey, funding is nothing compared to the Kilroy award.
    What’s that word you use to describe small town cliques?

    1. Pruett writes on Rebane’s blog: “Auntie Fox will be next. Mark my words.” Nope, Barry, you got it wrong — again. Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle! lol.

  2. Don Bessee is not too bright, and has been on the losing end of every local issue I can think of. This is not a “free speech” issue; it is an issue of locals not wanting to support KVMR because of George Rebane’s outlandish rants on the “news hour.” That should be taken seriously.

  3. Here’s Rebane’s latest rant on his own blog: “the Left, that faction which soils its urban nests, has found a new and clean place here to settle and bring along its SF values. …”The socialists are in charge in California, and they are on the march to smoke out the last holdouts who still believe in freedom and enterprise. They are replicating the policies of their brothers and sisters in places like Venezuela, Nicaragua, and every African country you can name. Our results will be no different than theirs. The Democrats’ argument, that somehow our shit doesn’t stink and we’ll do socialism right, flies in the face of history and experience.”

    In fact, local history and experience shows exactly the opposite of what Rebane writes. In the 70s’ it was the “left” leaving their “urban nests” — enterprising, imaginative and freedom-minded people like Paul Perry, Terry Brown, Osborne/Woods, Gary Snyder, Howard and Peggy Levine, among others — who moved here and re-energized the community (not “soiling” it) with their “S.F. values” or arts and culture. This included the founding of KVMR (which Rebane now “soils” with his extreme commentary, claiming a “first amendment” right) and rebirth of the local arts and culture scene, now designated statewide cultural districts. It has been an economic engine. Rebane’s comment that compares this to third-world countries is exaggerated and extremist, and suggests a rigid ideology.

    As for George he is the “poster child” for the “white flight” that came to our area — in his case from Simi Valley, where a jury acquitted police in the Rodney King beatings, causing widespread rioting throughout L.A. But Simi Valley, Orange County and other white, conservative strongholds are now becoming more diverse. As things change, the extremists act more extreme and divisive. This is what is happening all over America under Trump. It is not good for our community, just like it is not good for America.

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