Dick Mason signs off from KKJL

December 31, 2015
Dick Mason

Dick Mason

Veteran radio newscaster Dick Mason exits K-Jewel, 1400 AM and 106.5 FM. Mason was terminated on Thursday by station management because of budgetary restraints.

Mason says his dismissal is not related to recent discord with a local public official or attempts by management to temper his reporting.

“The station is facing year-end budgetary issues,” Mason said.

K-Jewel was operated for several decades by Guy Hackman. He sold the station in 2014 and Mason started shortly afterwards.

Last summer, Hackman, who many of the station’s loyal advertisers had long-standing relationships, died of a heart attack.

Mason started in radio at KZOZ in 1976. He later reported news at top stations in Salinas, Fresno and Sacramento before returning to start a successful FM station in San Luis in 1984.

In 1990, Mason renovated KVEC, changing it from an under performing music station to a 24-hour news/talk format. After selling both stations during the recession of the early 90’s, Mason worked in San Francisco, reporting news, sports and traffic on KCBS, KSFO and several other stations.

In the past ten years, he’s reported news at a local, liberal Air America news/talk radio station and with KPRL in Paso Robles. Mason worked at K-Jewel from July 2014 until this week, when station management elected to eliminate local news coverage.

“It is disheartening whenever a radio station drops its news programming,” Dave Congalton said. “We now have one less source of local news.”


Wishing Dick Mason the best in the new year. Dick is liked and respected wherever he works.


To use a line from “Roadhouse” …….. “Opinions vary”


Roadhouse???? Seriously??? That’s possibly the worst movie ever made…no, it IS the worst movie ever made.


You never saw “Best of Show” or what was the Tom Green movie called?, much worse than Roadhouse IMO.


Don’t push it. The hate mongering bully Adam Hill and his hate team (see the Team Adam Hill website) are out to silence all opposition, including CCN.

Jim Anderson

Team Adam Hill

Steve Adamski, Marty Moroski, James Waggstaffe

Tom Jones, Bill Worrell, Charles Tenborg

AO, Paul Hughes, Tom Fulks

And that’s not all…


He will NEVER silence me…you can take that to the bank.

Rich in MB


I didn’t even know people that listened to FM Radio listened to news unless it is the latest about Kim Kardashian.

Oh well…the death of Journalism continues.


I enjoyed Dick when he was at KPRL, not as radical as Kevin Will. I wish him well.


How to make a Mountain Out of an Adam Hill.

I hope Mason follows the Mark Maron path and starts in own podcast in his garage and rocks SLO’s little “Teapot Dome.”

Community FM radio is going on the air in Paso and South County just in the nick of time to give people a voice to talk truth to power (and furniture stores) or whatever the hell a “Gross-mans” is!

Thomas A

Update made to Fire Adam Hill. http://fireadamhill.com/who-are-we.html


We will never know if Adam Hill has something to do with his firing or not.

Skip Tracer

Don’t give Adam Hill false hope, scoopone. Sometimes, committing perjury under oath in a court of law doesn’t work when the right person knows too much. The facts of Adam Hill’s involvement in many scandals will come out in the upcoming court case.

Thomas A

“Mason says his dismissal is not related to recent discord with a local public official or attempts by management to temper his reporting.”


This is exactly what we warned in our website http://www.FireAdamHill.com. The blatant strangling of true media and free speech. We support you Mr. Mason.



Mr. Holly

Put simply-money tals and Mason walks.

Sad because Dick has been one of the best reporters that the Central Coast has ever had.

what the

A week after management tells Dick Mason to stop reporting about Adam Hill or Grossman’s advertising money will be pulled out, Mason is terminated. There goes the credibility of KKJL. Sell outs.


Expect more of this. As the purse strings get pulled and as the election gets closer and if Mr. Hill feels his power slipping away he will contact he buddies and tell them to threaten cutting the money flow to some outlets if they continue to report negatively. The Tribune folded years ago to avoid having their money stream interrupted.


the power of the state controlled media grows……