GM: Oh, yes. Before the decision was made, there were a number of people in the newsroom that certainly didn’t want to see this happen. And they’re the real heroes in this, because they really stood up against this and caused enough of a ruckus about it that the proposal was ended. As far as since it’s happened, it’s unbelievable the amount of support I’ve received from people around the country. I’ve heard from people from as far away as California and Florida saying, “Thank you for standing up.” I have to admit, I didn’t think an issue like this in little ol’ Eau Claire, Wisconsin, would end up being as big a deal within the industry as it seems to have become.
CB: What’s next for you?
GM: I have no idea what’s next. This is what I’ve done for twenty-five years. It’s really all I’ve ever done, and I do like it. I think some of the passion was disappearing simply because of the constant fights and battles like this. But just being away from it for a week and half now, I realize that, yeah, it’s still something I would like to do. I don’t know in what form. My family doesn’t necessarily want to move again. I’ve been at seven different stations over the past quarter-century, a couple of them twice. We don’t want to have to move our kids again; they’ve paid their penance. My two oldest are on their third school district right now. And we like where we live. Now, media jobs are few and far between up here, so options are certainly limited. So whether or not I get back into a newsroom, I don’t know.
CB: Any lessons for other journalists?
GM: I guess the one thing that I learned through all of this is that there still is that bastion of journalistic integrity. Especially with the staff at the station - they were so tremendous in standing up to this, and so strong-willed in their belief that they needed to do what was right and that the station needed to maintain its journalistic integrity. And that was from a young staff. And just the support I’ve gotten from people over the past couple of weeks-it’s very humbling.