Ernest Hooper: Lorei’s actions show some things are worth the fight

Lorei said he will focus on living up to the expectations listeners have placed in him while healing wounds inside the station.
Rob Lorei has said he will focus on living up to the hope, trust and high expectations that WMNF listeners have placed in him while healing the wounds inside the station. [Times Files]
Rob Lorei has said he will focus on living up to the hope, trust and high expectations that WMNF listeners have placed in him while healing the wounds inside the station. [Times Files]
Published March 25
Updated March 25

My admiration for WMNF news and public affairs director Rob Lorei only grew over the last month as he made a respectful but determined bid to retain his job after general manager Craig Kopp fired him in February.

I thought Lorei might be better served finding a new broadcast home — I think he could have found one rather easily — but after giving 40 years to the community radio station he helped start, he wasn’t willing to just walk away.

His actions teach us that some things really are worth the fight.

Now Lorei said he will focus on living up to the hope, trust and high expectations listeners have placed in him while healing the wounds inside the station. He also wants to fulfill a promise to buy his 4,000 supporters a beer.

Sounds like the makings of a classic 88.5 fundraiser to me. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: I’m Filthy Stinking Rich. (Well, Two Out Of Three. …

Kudos to the Columbia Restaurant at St. Armands Circle, Apollonia Grill and The Grove Restaurant. All three donated to a progressive dinner fundraiser for Sarasota Christian High School, and I got to spend a fun evening with Chef Judi Gallagher and six donors. …

Media outlets, including this one, should start distinguishing between “Florida man” stories and “Florida native” stories. Some of these people besmirching the state aren’t from here. …

The demise of the Northeast Exchange Club’s annual Ribfest makes for another sad signpost on the road of change in St. Petersburg. It’s a burgeoning city with a decidedly younger vibe, but all that has to be weighed against losing traditions. I hope the event can find a way to reinvent itself and engage a new generation.

That’s all I’m saying.

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