An Individual Member Of Knoxville’s Media Amazingly Demonstrates Ignorance

Every Sunday morning WIVK FM 107.7 host a public affairs talk show from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.. Back years ago, it was always hosted by Ed Brantly. In the past several years it has been hosted by different on air talent.

This morning Republican County Commissioners Richard Cate of the Fourth District and Phil Ballard of the Eighth District along with Knox County’s Republican Law Director John Owings were in studio and on the air. One of the four Democrats on the County Commission also appeared on the show.

This morning the biggest mis-informed statement ever made by an on air host occurred. It was Michael Grider. One of the Commissioners was saying that it is necessary to speak with his district commission counterpart as well as other commissioners to make them aware of concerns in their individual districts.

Michael Grider interrupted and said “NO, you represent your district and the at large Commissioners represent the whole county.” An awkward silence fell and one of the commissioners informed Grider that there are no at large Commissioners. He said “Oh, I thought there was”

Citadel should pull Michael Grider from ever covering County Commission until he can learn the fundamentals of the County governance model of representation. Especially since his boss Mike Hammond is a County Commissioner.

It was such a bad mistake that a fifth grader would automatically know that Grider was wrong, the moment he uttered his knowledge or lack thereof.

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5 Responses

  1. HHH says:

    Michael Grider is a major flunky.

    Jay Kersting was so much better than Grider. Heck, Jay was even informative when he wrecked the traffic tracker while on air.

    Grider likes to hear himself talk and it isn’t even an informative talk.

  2. CAM says:

    A member of Knoxville’s Media shows his ignorance on local radio program!

    Do you think this is easier to understand than your title? I did not get to here the show this morning. From your description it sounds interesting.

  3. That is fair.

    I have noticed that the original title was plural. I will make it as member not members.

  4. Anonymous says:


    Try “hear” not “here.” Wouldn’t make a big deal out of it, but you were busting on Brian for his choice of words …

  5. Thanks. I don’t pay close attention to those little things. However, I do get negative comments about stuff like that from the tabloid bully girls over at the Slopper. I can point out just as many errors on their postings and publications. However, I don’t. I just appreciate all of you reading my blog.