Hill zeroes in on broadcaster Dick Mason

January 8, 2016
Adam Hill, photo by Daniel Blackburn

Adam Hill, photo by Daniel Blackburn


San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill apparently has selected his next target for his unique brand of vitriol: veteran radio newsman Dick Mason. Mason is set to take over the morning news assignment at KVEC/920 on Jan. 18.

Mason, let go from station KKJL a day before New Years’ Eve, discussed his past, present, and future Wednesday on Dave Congalton’s Home Town radio show. Mason also revealed a series of disturbing incidents originating with Hill.

Mason said his  job as a journalist is to “objectively report the news.” Last month, Mason had reported on Hill’s walking out of the supervisors’ chambers while members of CAPSLO were being honored on the 50th anniversary of the organization’s formation.

“It started after a recent supervisors meeting,” Mason told Congalton. “He said, ‘Stop bashing me.’”

“I said ‘I’m not bashing you,  I’m reporting the news.’ Now every time I see him, he continues. He had his secretary call and say, ‘We’ve had complaints that you’re bashing Adam.’ I’ve never experienced this,” Mason said.

Mason noted that the “coup de gras” came last week. He related how his 25-year-old daughter — now working in San Fransisco — agreed to a recent Facebook “friend” request.

Congalton asked Mason whose name was on the Facebook profile attempting to contact Mason’s daughter.

“Torres,” Mason said.

“As in ‘Dee’ Torres, Adam Hill’s wife,” Congalton said.

An hour after Mason’s daughter accepted Torres’ friend request, she got what Mason described as “a bizarre email.”

Dick Mason

Dick Mason

“Why does your dad hate the Adam Hill family?”Torres wrote. In the email, Torres included a link to the FireAdamHill.com website.”

Mason told Congalton that he then received an email from Hill that read simply, “Voice-over.”

Mason wrote back asking Hill what he meant by the email.

“That’s you on the hit piece against me,” Hill responded.

Eventually, Mason said he saw a YouTube video of a 60-second commercial spot critical of Hill featured on FireAdamHill.com.

“Adam is convinced it’s me voicing it, but it’s not my voice. It’s not me. A competent voice-analysis would prove it’s not me,” Mason said.

Congalton then referred to the FireAdamHill.com video as a “professionally-produced commercial.”

Shortly before Mason was notified of his imminent departure, Hill contacted management at KKJL to complain about Mason’s news reporting, Mason said.

Congalton then asked Mason if Hill’s call had anything to do with his departure from KKJL.

“I don’t think so,” Mason said. “And I’m appalled that Adam is so upset.”

Congalton responded by dubbing Hill a bully.

“I wanted to have Dick on the show to prove that I am not making this stuff up,” Congalton said. “We have a supervisor who is a bully. And if he doesn’t get his way, he comes after you with everything he has, even going after your family.”



  1. achillesheal says:

    Torres and Hill seem like petulant children.

    Contacting someone’s daughter? Really?

    Grow up children.

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  2. don the beachcomber says:

    To learn more on Adam Hill, go to: https://youtu.be/IhpTHqEozLI

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  3. Rambunctious says:

    There is something really wrong here. Angry paranoid leaders are a danger to the people they represent.

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  4. scoopone says:

    It’s ABH….anybody but Hill. Carpenter is the best choice.

    (9) 11 Total Votes - 10 up - 1 down
  5. avidreader says:

    Thanks for that insight Adam. You’re a joke and if you weren’t in such a powerful position it would almost be funny.

    (28) 38 Total Votes - 33 up - 5 down
  6. Slowerfaster says:

    Adam Hill will win.

    He’s attacked, without mercy, by Right-Wing-Nut-Jobs. Defined by his enemies, he gets stronger.

    Debbie Peterson is a ‘nice’ person…which in RWNJ parlance means a friendly doormat. She’d be steamrollered and made a nothing quick …sorry to say. Arnold and Compton would assert their ‘Black Queen’ status, PDQ.
    Carpenter would be a rubber stamp for COLAB.

    (-50) 66 Total Votes - 8 up - 58 down
    • SamLouis says:

      It’s be Dan Carpenter that defeats Adam Hill once and for all.

      (14) 22 Total Votes - 18 up - 4 down
    • Kaiser Bill says:

      Reading your posts is like watching North Korean propaganda.

      (13) 19 Total Votes - 16 up - 3 down
    • Mike Byrd says:

      Slowfaster, take another look at Debbie Peterson. Yes, she’s very nice but she’s also tough as nails and, when something is the right thing to do, she is dedicated to seeing it through. Sure she has paid a political price for exposing massive corruption and taking on powerful interests but, in the end, she accomplished what had to be done and was proven right.

      Like any public official, she’s taken positions I didn’t always agree with but I believe that character matters more than a particular vote here or there. We need to replace the character in office with a person of character and I believe Debbie has what it will take to win in this particular district and represent the county well.

      (13) 25 Total Votes - 19 up - 6 down
    • mej says:

      ‘Defined by his enemies, he gets stronger.” I think you have a point there. When those with money and personal agendas find out he can be bought, they will join the others who already know that flood him with even more money. So yes, there is potential for gaining strength.

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    • just the facts says:

      DAN’S THE MAN! No doubt about it! He is an independent thinker, listens and treats all people with respect. Dan Carpenter presently represents close to 50% of the population in the 3rd District. Dan can and will win. Vote for Dan Carpenter in June!

      (7) 11 Total Votes - 9 up - 2 down

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