On January 8th, local radio station KGNU’s “Connections” program devoted a full hour to the discussion of the Heaven Fest Christian rock concert. The event is undergoing review for a Use Permit for Longmont property just south of Union Reservoir. The Heaven Fest concert is to be held on July 30/31 of this year.
Hosted by Kathy Partridge, the show (“Coming to a Reservoir Near You?”) featured Longmont activist and former city council candidate Kaye Fissinger and environmental attorney Judy Lubow. Both Fissinger and Lubow oppose using sensitive land and wildlife habitat around Union Reservoir for an event that promises to attract at least 30,000 people and perhaps as many as 50,000.
Doug Bene, Longmont Economic Development Manger, and Gary Wheat, Executive Director of the Longmont Area Visitors Association were also invited. Both men would have been able to present the economic rationale in support of this event, but each declined to participate in the program. Luke Bodley of Heaven Fest also declined to participate.
While Ms. Partridge performed well in her role as Devil’s Advocate, it would have been beneficial to the Longmont community to hear more detail from these perspectives. If, in fact, the event truly offers the benefits claimed, one would have expected that Bene, Wheat and Bodley would have welcomed the opportunity to share information with the public.
“Connections” is also a call-in show and this program generated considerable public interest and comment. Callers presented a range of observations and frank comments about the proposed event. Calls came not only from Longmont, but from Mead, Louisville and Boulder and further away from Ward and Bailey.
The program is archived on the KGNU website and can be found at
http://kgnu.net/audio/Connections_2010-01-08.mp3 (.mp3, 57Mb)