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(Bob Mecham) The NAB is requiring you to be vaccinated in order to attend the convention. And, more recently, Cumulus, Radio One and Beasley have jumped on the mandated vaccine bandwagon in order to continue working for their companies. Here are my thoughts.

I got some wonderful Radio Ink reader feedback from several radio broadcasters following my NAB postition HERE. “Idiots like Mecham,” “Liar and Ignorant,” “Ignorant of the Scientific Facts,” “Blatantly False Claims,” “Overwhelming False,” etc. None of the comments were backed up with any facts. Just the usual name calling and attempts to shame you into “caving in.” Much like what many of you are dealing with today. I am 66 years old and have been in the radio business for 40 years. You’re going to have to do a lot better than that!

Some facts:
According to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, the CDC is recommending indoor mask use in areas with high transmission rates after new data suggested FULLY VACCINATED individuals are not just contracting COVID -19 but could potentially infect others. Individuals who do become infected with COVID have just as much viral load as the unvaccinated, making it possible for them to spread the virus to others. LOOK IT UP!

A CDC study shows 74% of people infected in a Massachusetts COVID outbreak were fully vaccinated. You are seeing similar numbers in other states. Fully vaccinated people who get infected carry as much of the virus in their nose as unvaccinated people. LOOK IT UP!

So why would anyone get vaccinated when they could still end up in the hospital AND they need to keep wearing a mask and social distancing?

I have looked at nine different mask studies. Masks don’t work! To sum it up, “The COVID -19 pandemic is about viral transmission. Surgical and cloth masks do nothing to prevent viral transmission. We should all realize by now that face masks have never been shown to prevent or protect against viral transmission. Which is exactly why they have never been recommended for use during the seasonal flu or previous pandemics.” LOOK IT UP!

In March, 2020, Dr. Facui said that face masks were not necessary for the general population and might actual create unintended consequences.

The FDA is no longer approving the PCR test because of the millions of false positives. The PCR test was designed to conduct DNA research NOT to identify a virus. We shutdown America over a test that doesn’t work! LOOK IT UP!

We’ve all heard about the Delta Variant, the variant that is ravaging America. According to Labcorp, a company that analyzes COVID -19 tests, “current sequencing efforts are focused on aiding the CDC in its surveillance efforts with SARS-CoV-2 positive samples submitted for sequencing pursuant to CDC criteria. At this time, patients and physicians cannot request sequencing.”

According to Texas Health and Human Services, “The viral tests that are used to determine if a person has COVID -19 are not designed to tell you what variant is causing the infection.” If the various labs and health departments around the country are not sequencing for the Delta Variant, how do they know that you have the Delta Variant? How do they know there is a Delta Variant? LOOK IT UP!

An MIT study suggests that time spent indoors has more effect on transmission than distance. They found no difference between 6 feet and 60 feet, even when wearing a mask. “For many types of spaces you’d find that there is not a need for occupancy restrictions.”

According to VAERS (the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) approximately 9,027 people have died, 1,517,211 injuries, and hundreds of spontaneous abortions from the “vaccine”. In Europe, 10,616 deaths and 833,000 injuries. Checkout the numbers in Brazil! You can find the VAERS numbers on the CDC website if you look hard enough. 20,000+ have died in the United States and Europe and the Pfizer vaccine gets approved by the FDA.

Two last thoughts and a couple of questions for Radio One, Cumulus, and Beasley.
I noticed that the FDA has now approved the Pfizer shot. It’s a miracle! Normally it takes the FDA three to five years to approve a vaccine but Pfizer was able to get it approved in less than eight months. Just in time to rollout the booster shots!

The questions for Radio One, Cumulus, and Beasley:
Will your health insurance plan provide complete coverage in the event your employee has an adverse reaction or dies?
Will their life insurance policy provide any coverage in the event they die from a Covid-19 injection?
Will Workers Compensation or disability insurance cover your employee in the event of a long term disability?
Have you provided your employees with the Fact Sheets provided by the pharmaceutical companies for each shot? They are eye openers!
Have you shared the available databases of material adverse events reported to date for people that have received Covid-19 injections? The data is available. Are you sharing it will all of your employees prior to getting the shot? I have the data if any of your employees would like to see it.

Since pharmaceutical companies cannot be held liable for any adverse reactions are even death, are you prepared to deal with the potential civil lawsuits? Contrary to the previous comment made in Radio Ink, we live in a litigious world. If an employee that is required to be vaccinated in order to keep their job has a major adverse event you are going to see lawsuits. Right or wrong, that’s how it works.

I have three video links from three prominent doctors/virologists if you would like to have me email them to you.

Bottom line. In the last 3 weeks we have had 4 fully vaccinated U.S. Senators test positive for COVID. Governor Abbott from Texas, who was also fully vaccinated, tested positive for COVID. He went on Regeneron and tested negative 4 days later. Jessie Jackson and his wife, both fully vaccinated, just tested positive as did Barry Sanders.

Again, based on the information listed above, why would I get a shot when you could still contract the disease, end up in the hospital, have to start wearing a mask and social distancing, and, according to VAERS, potentially have a debilitating adverse reaction. LOOK IT UP!

I am not pro vax or anti vax. I believe that people should have a choice whether or not they want to put a synthetic genetic material into their body. Why does any company think they have the right to make that decision for someone else? Do you ask your employees if they have the FLU, HIV, Pneumonia, TB, etc. Why is this virus/flu so different from other seasonal illnesses?

The CDC claims that 600,000 people have died from COVID. They also state that only 6% of those deaths were due exclusively to COVID. That’s 36,000, a light flu year. The other 564,000 deaths had, on average, 2.6 additional physical ailments. Has anyone noticed that no one died from the flu in 2020 or any other respiratory disease? Everything is COVID.

The morbidity rate in the US is 78.6 years. The morbidity rate for COVID deaths is 78.6 years. Draw your own conclusions. Vaccinated people are getting sick and ending up in the hospital. Now we have to wear masks again and social distance even if you are vaccinated. Masks do not work, but some unelected health official or school board members tell you to put on a mask and you do it without asking any questions.

Please do your own research and listen to both sides before you start mandating something because someone told you to. This is not the America I grew up in and I want it back!

If those of you who responded to the recent article would like to share some actual facts or “science” instead of name calling and character assassination I’m sure we would all like to see it!

Richard Mecham is the owner of Rich Broadasting in Idaho and can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]


  1. Yet another prominent conservative media voice has succumbed to coronavirus after arguing against public health measures like masks and vaccines. Longtime WNDB radio host Marc Bernier, an outspoken critic of COVID-19 vaccinations, has died from COVID-19 after a three-week hospital stay,

    “If you’ve listened to his show, you’ve heard him talk about how anti-vaccine he is on the air.”

    Bernier was hospitalized on August 10 and spent three weeks fighting the virus. His last tweet quoted a video from Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried asking residents to get vaccinated, which he used to compare the US government to Nazi Germany. “Now the US Government is acting like Nazi’s. Get the shot!”

    The show has yielded Bernier a spot on radio industry trade publication Talker Magazine’s Top 100 most important talk show hosts for the past 14 consecutive years.

    • When will you show up and post about someone who died of lung cancer and defied the Surgeon General’s warning for decades? Also, who else did they “kill” with all of that second-hand smoke?

      • Sorry Bob (Boris) MacKay.
        Just five years ago, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh went on a pro-tobacco rant on his show, during which he downplayed the risks of smoking, said it’s “a myth” that secondhand smoke causes illness or death and argued that smokers aren’t at any greater risk than people who “eat carrots.” “There is no conclusive proof that nicotine’s addictive… And the same thing with cigarettes causing emphysema, lung cancer, heart disease.”

        On his show, Limbaugh talked about the glamour of smoking and how “cool” it was, the Daily News reported.

        Limbaugh also falsely stated that the World Health Organization had “disproven” the dangers of second-hand smoke. In fact, the World Health Organization very explicitly says that second-hand smoke causes more than 1.2 million premature deaths per year; 65,000 children die each year from illness attributable to second-hand smoke.

        In adults, second-hand smoke causes serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including lung cancer, of course, as well as heart disease, WHO said. In infants, second-hand smoke raises the risk of sudden infant death syndrome; in pregnant women, it causes pregnancy complications and low birth weight.

      • So Bob/Boris, i guess we can conclude you are a Covid denialist and a smoker. Good luck and hope you have health insurance.

  2. It is a disconcerting experience watching over the fence as too many of my neighbours (Americans) spiral into a vortex of fear, distrust and insanity.
    Babbling inane gibberish while clawing for justifications for their unsupported positions, they soil themselves and the people close to them.
    Part of the tragedy is that a number of these individuals can be otherwise articulate.
    Another part is that these folks make up the crew that accept Trump’s Big Lies; reject the glaringly obvious evidence staring them in the face re: the Covid vaccines, and are likely among those who figure Jesus will be along directly to fix everything and everybody.
    These, categorically, are not what makes for the improvement of a secular republic. Nor do all the red herrings thrown into the muddle make for anything close to finding and acknowledging any solutions.
    This is a situation that is not only tragic – it is extremely dangerous and foreboding.

  3. The naysayers are still using the, “Doctor Fauci said masks don’t work.” That was a year and a half ago. How much have we learned about COVID since then? The answer: a lot. He also uses the well-worn excuse that you can still get COVID if you’re vaccinated. Yes, we know that excuse. It’s 95 percent effective. Not having the vaccination is ZERO percent effective. That excuse is like saying, “there’s a 95 percent chance the bridge across the river is safe, but I think I’ll swim instead.” Every fact has an excuse from right wingers. It’s not about your rights, it’s about your responsiblity.

  4. It is a fact that 99% of those who die WITH Covid-19 were already sick with another illness or condition. That’s from the CDC; So, Do you trust the CDC or not??

  5. When will RadioINK be consistent when they report the death of a Radio employee, like they do on their stance of vaccination?!

    “RIP to XXXX who just passed away of lung cancer. For decades he ignored the Surgeon General’s warning and smoked two packs per day. His family issued a statement encouraging everyone to stop smoking.”

  6. Bravo to Mr. Mecham for a well-researched article! So many are swallowing the establishment propaganda without question. He took the time to do his homework. There are now dozens of studies showing masks don’t work to stop the spread of viruses, which many virologists were telling us at the outset. Even Dr. Fauci told us this at the start, before one of his many cases of information reversal. Further, pathogens cling to these masks as we wear them and have us inhaling viruses, bacteria, and fungi all day, at a time when we need our immune system as unencumbered as possible.

    These new vaccines don’t prevent us from getting COVID, getting seriously ill with it, dying of it, or transmitting it to others. They have killed and injured many perfectly healthy people, who otherwise might have never gotten sick or who might have easily recovered, as 99.97% of people under age 75 and 99.95% of people over age 75 do. And it would be an even higher number if the establishment had promoted inexpensive treatments getting 99-100% success rates instead demonizing and hiding them so that an experimental vaccine could be authorized.

    The government is constantly manipulating the data (cases, hospitalizations, deaths) to push their narrative. For example, they don’t require hospitals to report COVID hospitalizations for the vaccinated so they can say, “All reported hospitalizations are of the unvaccinated” when this is a lie. Many currently hospitalized patients are fully vaccinated. The government is also counting hospitalized people as “unvaccinated” for the first two weeks following their final shot, even though these people have clearly been vaccinated and the vaccine might be causing or contributing to their health issues.

    There should be no mandates of either masks or vaccines. These are being mandated not due to scientific evidence, but due to government pressure, propaganda, the hysteria of people who haven’t looked beyond the propaganda, and managers afraid of not playing along with the majority.

    • The bottom line is this: You want the freedom to do what you want? So do I. That means if I’m in a position to make a mandate, then I can do what I want. Don’t like my mandate? I don’t care. It’s my right to run my business my way. For example, I don’t like wearing neckties. I got a job with a company that required employees to wear a tie. I told the boss that ties constrained my breathing and I could get hurt while on the job. The boss said very simply: You have a choice. Wear a tie or find another job. That’s the same choice given those who refuse to wear masks or take vaccines. We don’t care what you believe. You’re free to believe whatever you want. You can cite all the studies that prove your point. It doesn’t matter. If you want to go to the NAB convention or work at a major media company, you play by their rules.

      • Was your boss being coerced or pressured by the government and billion-dollar pharmaceutical interests, and by the mass hysteria caused by their propaganda, to get you to wear that tie? Was he asking you to wear a tie that had killed and/or seriously injured thousands of people, and which, once put on, could never be taken off, and which had a number of accomplished tie experts warning that it was potentially dangerous to deadly to wear?

        The NAB can make all the rules it wants and people can attend its events or not. But under the current circumstances, this is not freedom – independent businesses making their own decisions of their own free will. It’s fascism – the government in bed with big business, in this case, Big Pharma, using propaganda and coercion to force their will on small businesses and on the people.

        Many smaller companies are pushing these things aren’t doing so because they want to. They’re doing so because they’re afraid of not complying, afraid of being fined, having their licenses pulled, or their businesses shut down, being sued, demonized in the media, and more.

        You’re supporting fascism while imagining you’re pro-freedom, and in favor of forcing people to subject themselves to possible injury or death in order to keep their jobs.

        Also, I suspect you just like these particular policies rather than that you really support unlimited freedom for businesses. If a major company said, “We mandate that all employees abstain from homosexual behavior. If you’re gay, become straight or find another job,” I doubt you’d say, “Their company, their rules.” You’d likely be up in arms – as you should be, and as you should be for people who don’t want to be forced to take vaccines that don’t stop the acquisition or transmission of the disease they’re supposed to prevent, and which have already killed or injured thousands.

          • I’m not forcing, insulting, attacking, and certainly not intimidating you. I’m disagreeing with you and challenging your assertions. You’re of course under no obligation to defend them, but playing the victim instead of explaining where you think I’m wrong makes it seem as though you can’t refute my points.

          • I don’t get my medical information from a message board. I have a real doctor. And I’m not interested in changing your mind. It’s made up, and you’re happy with your decision. You’re not challenging my assertions, you’re saying I support fascism. Why you feel the need to force others to agree with you is beyond me. You’re the fascist here.

          • But you are supporting fascism, which, at its core as an economic system, is the government in bed with big business, providing the illusion of independence, while forcing its will on the people without respect for their liberty.

            You are equating a boss requiring an employee to wear a tie because he thinks professional attire is good for business with a company requiring employees or customers to get a vaccine that has killed and injured many thousands of people because of government dictates, pressure, propaganda, and fear of reprisals, not necessarily because the company wants to.

            Someone disagreeing with you on a message board isn’t force or fascism.

          • “But you are supporting fascism…”

            The co-operation you talk about was done by Donald Trump. He set up Warp Speed. Are you saying that Donald Trump is a fascist? That’s what antifa would say. You agree with antifa.

            Also at no time has the government in fact forced its will on the people. There is no federal mandate of any kind. You are free to exist without vaccine. And you do.

    • I agree with The Big A 100%. And your rantings are so filled with factual misrepresentations and misleading statements that it is almost ludicrous. You can’t possibly be serious, with some of your illogical and virtually irrational rantings.
      You and others who choose to discard the medical facts and discredit the proven positive benefits of the vaccines, are an absolute danger to the rest of us. You are helping to exacerbate the pandemic.

      • MacKay is a woke bum who is just trying to score accounts with his PC slant. 35% of the less than 20 comments are from him. That’s the following and weight you’re dealing with…. about 10 comments (and this one, calling him a bum) LOL!

  7. Please research this other then ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, etc.
    Look up American Frontline Drs, Dr Sheri Tenpenny, Dr Peter McCullogh, Dr. Judy Mikovits, and numerous other highly respected Drs. The info is out there if you look. The CDC has admitted the PCR test cannot differentiate between Influenza and Covid, it’s on their site folks.

    • What does that have to with anything?
      PCR tests have absolutely nothing to do with the data-based, logical reasons to get the vaccines. Vaccines are not only to help protect yourself, but to help prevent you from endangering other people’s lives also.

    • RT-PCR distinguishes between influenza and SARS-CoV-2, since optimized primer design results in high specificity for different RNA sequences. Influenza does not share the same nucleic acid sequence as SARS-CoV-2. The CDC recently replaced a singleplex assay with multiplex assay, but the original assay had no performance issues.

  8. A significant FACT offered for consideration:
    Of the 150 million or so people that are fully vaccinated, are their bodies not piling up?
    Compare that to the sorely misinformed that are unvaccinated. Those bodies can be picked up just on the other side of the hospital exit doors.
    Any information beyond that is strictly peripheral and of little consequence.

  9. What you’re really ignoring here is no one is forcing you to take the vaccine. Not the federal government, not the state government, not the CDC, not the NAB, and not Radio ink. No one. The only thing the NAB is saying is if you want to attend their convention, you have to be vaccinated. There is no requirement that you attend the NAB convention. Stay home. All the NAB is saying is “My bar, my rules.” You’ve taken that as an affront to your personal liberty, and you demand that they change their rules to accommodate you. You list all the data and reasons why they should do what you want. All of the questions you ask have been thought of. All of the data you give has been considered. Just stay home. Problem solved.

  10. I don’t even know where to start with someone who holds such a *remarkable* ability to misinterpret data and draw illogical conclusions, but you do you. (Offer possibly available for a limited time only due to, well, you know…)

  11. I’m glad that people didn’t think this way in the early 1950s when the Sabin polio vaccine was introduced. We would still be seeing people in iron lungs (or ventilators, nowadays) or in wheelchairs, unable to walk due to the paralysis caused by poliomyelitis. With COVID-19, politics has trumped (no pun intended) science and common sense. So we are now seeing an uptick in cases, especially in states with low vaccination rates. To you talk radio people who are casting doubts on the available vaccines: Did Phil Valentine die in vain?
    COVID-19 is a horrible disease. I lost two of my co-workers to it over the past year, before the vaccines were available. Which do you choose: Some wild conspiracy theories circulating on talk radio and in the social media. Or a vaccine that is free, readily available, and can at least diminish the severity of this disease.


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