Dick Mason departs KVEC radio
April 26, 2016
Morning news anchor Dick Mason stepped down from KVEC radio on Monday, a little more than three months after he began the position.
Mason, a veteran Central Coast news broadcaster, was originally hired by El Dorado Broadcasters last January to replace King Harris in a cost-cutting move. However, the new part-time position did not pay enough, forcing Mason to quit abruptly in order take a better paying, non-broadcasting, job in the county.
Joe Bowman, former morning news co-anchor and producer of “The Dave Congalton Show,” has been tapped to replace Mason and is expected to start in the 6 to 9 a.m. slot on Tuesday.
The move comes amid uncertainty for the oldest radio station in San Luis Obispo County. Industry sources report that KVEC is currently up for sale. El Dorado Broadcasters has already sold off its Santa Maria radio stations and the San Luis Obispo cluster is currently on the market.
“I’m equally stunned and sorry to see Dick leave us,” Dave Congalton said Monday night. “He really put his mark on the morning newscast by beefing up local coverage and even adding sports to the mix. He’s got many fans around the county, but that doesn’t pay the bills. It’s a sad day at KVEC.”