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.”


Every time that someone in the media is contacted by Hill or his staff, the conversation should be recorded. Why is Mr.Hills’s secretary making calls like the one reported in the article? If this person is employed by the County, it is completely inappropriate for them to make this call. Mr. Hill’s attorney or Mr. Hill himself should be making this call.


Adam Hill is pure EVIL. There is simply no better way to characterize this lunatic.

Extremely Stoic

Two things on Hill: add to do not fly list and block him from any gun purchase.


Can’t think a better use of a stupid law, AB1014 should be used for Mr. Hill. Should be no problem finding a person to certify he is a danger to others and to have any guns he has be taken away until he proves otherwise, which should be a long and difficult process.

Rich in MB

Well under the new Obama gun grab, someone may just indeed report him and his gun could be taken away…..


Adam is a time bomb. He has made numerous attempts at rehabilitating his image, but his contentious character, his bullying belligerence, always cracks through the mask. He has made SLO county a toilet and he is a skid mark.


Are his constituents aware of this?


They don’t care.

As long as Hill carries Grossman’s water, Grossman et al will fund PR to cover up Hill’s wackiness.

His voters want to believe he’s misunderstood, maligned and misquoted. The PR machine allows them to keep their heads in the sand.

Rich in MB

His voters think the evil Republican machine is out to get him…its all a Tea Party ploy.

what the

Adam’s internet trolls are working day and night trying to reveal the owners of Fire Adam Hill so that Dee is stuck having to do the internet trolling. Adam, you nor your Team know the basics. No women or children. Period.

Rich in MB

It was the Dukes…it was the Dukes….It was the Dukes….


AHDS. Very curious.


Something no one pointed out, why would his daughter ‘friend’ someone she doesn’t know, but here is an idea:

What if “Torres” is one if the three Dee Torres daughters, perhaps the youngest one, just wanting to find out why the things she has heard about her new dad are being said? Maybe she thought by becoming friends with Dick Mason’s daughter they could work it out? Why would it have to be Dee?

And why isn’t there credits for the VO on the piece? I assume it is just someone who does VOs that may not even know Adam.

Last, the guy who just busted on the story today, Jessie Torres, who tried to steal cars, and broke into a 17 year old girls house, and took the keys, is that the ex-husband of Dee Torres who reported that both he and Dee spent the gift certificates together?

There sure are a lot of possibilities when you use the name Torres.


Dream on truthfairy.


WOW, when are people in this County going to have enough of this man and his erratic behavior. This County, it’s citizens, it’s politicians, it’s retiree’s, it’s business community is better than this. He needs help, he is dangerous, corrupt and dishonest. This man definitely needs to be removed from office and is a perfect example of what is wrong with our society today.


It is not just his erratic behavior, it is also the erratic behavior of those that support him. As the citizens of Arroyo Grande have learned, even if you cut off the head of the snake the body is still dangerous. We cut the head off but those still in certain positions are still making life difficult and trying to cost the residents big $$$$’s perhaps in some sort of revenge for what the voters did, or just to hold onto their power positions. And so far the city manager is useless, time for the council to step up, if not now after November elections and the rations changes. Even if Hill is gone, those in certain places will still carry on his warped philosophies.

Jorge Estrada

This Adam Hill photo has got to be a 10 in photo journalism.


I agree. He looks like a constipated toad.

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