Morongo Basin Broadcasting Corporation
6448 Hallee Road, Suite 5
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
January 14, 2013
Dear KCDZ, Z107.7 FM, Reporter Gary Daigneault -
1. Today’s news story on your radio station, Z107.7 FM, and its associated website about pipes breaking again inside the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s front playhouse (the Kaye Ballard Theater) is completely false. We are determining whether to file a complaint against you and your station, and in so doing and as mitigation against damages we respectfully request information and an immediate retraction.
As an “award-winning journalist”, I would have expected you to complete proper due diligence and verify a story that could, if incorrectly and/or negligently reported, have such an adverse impact on the Hi-Desert Cultural Center. We demand a retraction. The fact is that an outside pipe ruptured in the middle of the Cultural Center’s parking lot where Joshua Basin Water District owned pipes (not theater pipes) have broken in the past. The interior pipes in the Kaye Ballard Theater that broke several years ago were a part of our old fire suppression system, which has since been completely renovated and modernized at a cost of more than $20,000. We also have four new whisper-quiet, ultra-efficient HVAC units that provide heating to the interior of the building even when it is not occupied. As there is substantial evidence, anyone who spent a modicum of time looking at the parking lot and water flow could tell that the water didn’t originate from either of our theaters.
2. Pursuant to the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s request for a retraction to this incorrect and false reporting on both your station’s regular news airing and on your station’s website, kindly inform me as to when this retraction will occur. It must be of the same prominence and distribution as the originally “aired” piece.
3. Your station’s story stated that “workers then discovered…”. Specifically state what entity the “workers” were associated with that you or someone from your station allegedly communicated with as your source for this story. The Hi-Desert Cultural Center will file whatever public information requests or complaints are necessary to ascertain whether any water district or fire department personnel spoke to Z107.7 and, if so, what was officially in their documentation. We do not take this lightly.
4. Identify what actions you or someone from your radio station took to verify this story. Did you attempt to contact anyone with the Hi-Desert Cultural Center? If you did verify the story, please provide the position of the person with whom you spoke and their name.
As an aside, I find it quite interesting that, to me, it seems that you choose to no longer run our press releases — even if they are of the same nature as those of Theatre 29. From a myriad of theatrical performances, theatre auditions, concerts, arts entertainment, arts education, multi-media and technology classes, the Strings Conservatory, and our Desert’s very own Philharmonic, among many other Hi-Desert Cultural Center offerings. . . none of these press releases are considered news by your station, yet you seem to find this inaccurate story worthy of occupying your precious airtime.
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