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March 23, 2013

Changes at K-93 Radio draw static

Listeners decry loss of news, family values & new morning DJ

Somerset —  

When Jennifer Kring decided to voice her complaints about a new morning radio show in Somerset, she didn’t expect things to go beyond a phone call.
But the first day she dialed in to K-93 Power Country’s “The Bobby Bones Show,” based out of Nashville, she was placed on the air with Bobby Bones himself and his crew, made up of cohosts Amy and Lunchbox and producers Eddie and Alayna. 
Kring told them what she didn’t like about the new show, which had replaced Rod Zimmerman’s morning slot. Zimmerman, a local and long-time radio host, was moved to an afternoon slot. 
“I told them it wasn’t local anymore, and I didn’t think the content was good for children,” she said.
Kring’s husband, Rodney Kring, also said the national show had no local connections, such as updates on developing stories or local news briefs. 
What followed was a deal from Bobby Bones: Jennifer Kring would listen to the new show for a week, and if she still didn’t like it, Bobby Bones himself would deliver $50 to her. 
Kring took him up on his offer, and listened to the show for a week. Nothing changed.
“I think he seems like a really nice guy, but I just didn’t like the show,” said Kring.
But in the back of Kring’s head, an idea had developed. 
The community has been following Jaden Jasper’s progress as she recovers from a horrific car crash, which took place on March 5. Jaden’s family has remained by her side as she heals in Lexington. They’ve also been soliciting donations to pay for Jaden’s medical care.
“I knew exactly what I was going to do with the money,” said Kring. “If he (Bobby Bones) held up his deal, I knew what I was going to do.”

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