Cliff Mass ditched by KUOW; after 15 years, he’ll no longer talk weather on ‘Weekday’
For over 15 years, I have talked about Northwest weather, the weekend forecast, and education-related topics on KUOW during Friday’s morning’s Weekday program.
I have done so as my attempt at educational outreach, to go beyond the basic forecasts given on other media, providing the why behind the weather and to allow local residents a chance to appreciate the grand complexity of the weather of this beautiful area of the world. And occasionally to talk about related educational issues.
Starting today, I will not have the opportunity to do so anymore on KUOW…
And the real reasons for the termination of my segment are more ominous and disturbing. And as I will explain, it has much in common with the recent termination of Principal Martin Floe by Seattle Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield.
UPDATE: Below is KUOW host Steve Scher’s announcement on Facebook about why Mass was let go, as well as his email sent to Mass…
On Cliff Mass
With sadness I must announce that I have released Cliff Mass from his weekly weather and science segment on Weekday. For more than 15 years Cliff has been a regular volunteer, contributor presenting an informative and entertaining segment about science and weather. Over time Cliff began inserting his opinion on a wider range of issues outside of science and weather, most notably education. Although we value Cliff’s opinion I do not want the weather segment to become an opinion and views segment. Every Weekday we use a full hour to take up controversial issues which brings many voices with a variety of opinions and views.
I spoke with Cliff on several occasions about my concerns but Cliff disagreed that his science and weather segment should not include his views about other subjects. As a result I have decided to terminate Cliff’s weather and science segment. We will continue to look at other ways to involve Cliff on Weekday that will allow him to share his expertise on other issues. Below is the e-mail that I sent to Cliff discussing this relationship.
May 16, 2011
We will end our regular segments.
I respect your science and your passion for politics and education. As we have said, when we do appropriate segments, you can be a guest if you want to. Maybe even at some point you will do a whole hour with us, featuring you on weather and on math education and on training scientists etc. The weather segment has perhaps gotten too constraining for the topics at hand.
We have been doing this a long time, and I know I feel a little long in the tooth. When it is time, it is time.
We will leave it with different possibilities for the future and end our regular weather forecasts, freeing you up to do other things and us to feel comfortable with a segment designated as a weekend weather forecast.
I very much appreciate and acknowledge all the time you have given to educating the public about meteorology and atmospheric sciences. Your contribution has made our show and the region a better place. I restate that. Your contribution over the past 20 years has made our show better. Thank you.
I look forward to working with you in the future in your capacity as a science educator. We end with mutual understanding I hope.
See you at the gym.
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