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Concerned Legends of KTSU Publish Final Manifesto, Demand Donna Franklin's Immediate Resignation

In its first manifesto since our feature story about KTSU "The Choice" FM 90.9, the Concerned Legends of KTSU are apparently saying "peace out" for now...but not before lobbing strong words at the management of Texas Southern University's radio station.

As Houston Press previously reported, the perceived shortcomings of the 39-year-old station -- ranging from favoritism towards certain DJs to the blemishing of the programming quality -- inspired the anonymous group to publish biting commentary about KTSU's current administration.

In the group's latest, entitled "What are They Doing to the Black Jewel VII," the Concerned Legends want KTSU assistant general manager Donna Franklin (who has been the center of the controversy) to step down, stat.

We are demanding Ms. Donna Franklin's immediate resignation from the Asst. General Manager's position she ILLEGALLY is drawing a Government check every month for and that [TSU President] Dr. Rudley (Little Hitler) release his stranglehold on the Deejays and other on-air personalities and give us back OUR radio station. It is now up to YOU, the PUBLIC to see to it that positive remodeling occurs at KTSU 90.9 FM today...not tomorrow. If you don't assert your voice you WILL lose this entity shortly FOREVER!

The February 10 letter also alleges that Dr. Freddie Brown, the longtime host of Blue Plate Special, had been unfairly bumped from a slot that he held down for as long as anybody can remember.

The time has come to aggressively deal with this two-headed monster once and for good! Already they have disrespected the only personality that is an ICON in this city's Blues community Dr. Freddie Brown (The Blue Plate Special). After 31 years of loyal service for no pay...and very little respect, they have attempted to kick this legend to the curb, so to speak. In a sneaky move to get him to act a fool with management, they have given his long-time time slot on Monday night to another DJ. Not only that but a DJ that has no reputation in the Blues community for playing Blues music (although he is talented) but who gives a damn; Dr. Freddie Brown is a LEGEND!!!

Since then, a source who did not want to be identified told Hair Balls that since the Concerned Legends' final manifesto was published, Dr. Brown's Monday-night/Tuesday-morning shift had been restored to the 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Hair Balls attempted to speak with Brown, but he was unwilling to comment at this time. An e-mail to Franklin hadn't been returned as of the time this post was published.)

In the manifesto's final paragraph, the Concerned Legends sign off like they always do -- with a call for help.

This is a cry out to the true lovers of "The Choice" 90.9 FM KTSU to stand up and be counted. Let your voice be heard! Don't allow these individuals to destroy what you have grown to love.

Honestly Submitted, Concerned Legends of KTSU


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