KOIT FM, the station you may recognize for wall-to-wall holiday music, mellifluous canned DJ voices, and the inimitable, irrefutable jingle, "Lite rock, less talk," is ready to speak truth to power.
So say allies at Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. (SAG-AFTRA), who are circulating a petition to support the station's 5-member bargaining unit as it negotiates a new contract with Philadelphia overlord, Entercom Communications.
Since Entercom took over in 2007, KOIT staff say they've endured massive pay and severance cuts, personnel supplanted by computerized voice-tracking and pre-recorded programs, and union protections worn down. They've accused the company of eroding creativity and talent at the station, whose staff members embrace the old-fashioned ideal of terrestrial radio.
It turns out that even the skinny-vanilla-latte of FM stations saw itself as a portal to a broad community of listeners.