Hill zeroes in on broadcaster Dick Mason

January 8, 2016
Adam Hill, photo by Daniel Blackburn

Adam Hill, photo by Daniel Blackburn

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.”


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Jim Anderson

Hill and his cronies back at it again. Low level thugs allowed to run a muck.


Tracy

Sounds like maybe Dick needs to pull out a can of whoop ass on that fool. (Metaphorically speaking, of course.)


Thomas A

Dear Mr. Hill, It is time for you to come out of pocket with some of that money you are making on the side and hire a professional to do a voice analysis so you can rule out Mr. Mason. Then you, your family, and your gang can figure out how to apologize to Mr. Mason for the ridiculous slander. Federal law enforcement can help guide you to a legitimate voice analysis professional.

https://www.facebook.com/FireAdamHill2016/


Kaiser Bill

Time for the putz Adam Hill to get schlonged by Dan Carpenter and Debbie Peterson.


Mr. Holly

When will enough be enough?


Lynn Compton the new chair for the BOS needs to step up and censure this idiot and relieve him of any representation that he has on the BOS.


don the beachcomber

They censured Joe McCarthy. Is there no provision to censure Hill?


Kevin Rice

There is no censure available to local legislators that would gag or limit the participation of another elected legislator. For good reason, which should be obvious, only the voters have that power (recall). Notwithstanding, an elected body does pick who is chair/vice-chair and who sits on subcommittees and certain other legislative bodies. Theoretically, a legislative body could cut the budget of one member’s business office, but that would really be extraordinary and there would be certain hell to pay.


TruthFairy

So you are calling for censorship?`


justbeware

Caren Ray is buddies with Adam Hill.

Have no doubt, she is prepared to use Adam’s style of politicking to win an election.

Prepare yourselves AG residents.


kayaknut

Didn’t the city residents that fell within District 4 overwhelmingly vote for Lynn Compton, basically rejecting Caren Ray already? So if she runs for mayor or city council another rejection would hopefully be the outcome.


Kevin Rice

Caren fared better in incorporated A.G. (Ray 3,216 (47.53%), Compton 3,531 (52.19%)) than the rest of the district (Ray 4,936 (44.55%), Compton 6,123 (55.26%)), losing by less than five points within city limits.


Kaiser Bill

But Caren Ray still lost in a city where she was a City Council member.


A rebuke from the people of AG against Caren Ray and her left wing policies.


Kevin Rice

Being the incumbent, it says quite a bit. However, it appears Caren is sowing early divisiveness and discord in order to tarnish the new shine on Mayor Hill. Caren is a much better fund-raiser and campaigner than Hill. She could win. People had better get involved early to prevent that sort of disaster. A.G. would revert back to crony politics.


Mike Byrd

It’s no secret that I’ve had public disagreements with Caren Ray but I have to ask, did I miss something that ties her to this or to anything else to which her name is being affixed lately? Did I overlook the announcement that she’s running for mayor?


JordanJ

Caren Ray is close with Adam Hill and she works the same schemes. Both get big money from developers while being Democrats. There was little fairness in the process when Caren Ray and Tony Ferrara were running AG. The public was clear, they wanted a change. Now you have the old council members including Caren Ray attempting to spread lies to harm Mayor Jim Hill’s reputation. Sure sounds a lot like Adam Hill.


As for announcing her run for mayor, Caren Ray is a master manipulator who said on Dave Congalton’s radio show she was definitely not running. At the same time, she was seeking endorsements and money telling others she is running.


The people deserve honest and ethical government officials, not Caren Ray or Adam Hill.


justbeware

Mike,

Caren is smart enough to know that if she’s ever going to get back on the BOS she absolutely MUST win an election. She’s not going to run for council and unseat KB or Guthrie. Think about it, what’s left?

Another former council member joined at the hip with Ferrara and his bully ways, she’d be happy to take Hill’s two year seat, help NKT get back on track with those sweet deals, then make another run for BOS.


TWEEKSBALMER

She will add a raygun to the arsenal.


mej

Dee Torres needs to be arrested for harassment. What kind of nutjob would send someone’s child hate messages. This is unacceptable.


Her employer needs to fire her.


kayaknut

Doesn’t she work for herself?


justbeware

So, one day Aham Hill is claiming he’s being protected by The sherriff’s department, a few days later his wife is harassing someone’s child.

These two need a mental evaluation.


Pelican1

I would take it a step further…they need to be committed.


Rich in MB

What type of voter elects people like Hill?


MaryMalone

A voter who is either uninformed or agrees with the way Adam Hill runs his political machine.


don the beachcomber

Debbie Peterson is needed to clean up the mess this maniac has made. Integrity, class, dignity, and grace…. and tough too!


SamLouis

It’ll be Carpenter that will defeat the fat tub of goo.