When the Maven first got wind of Jeannette Hendrix Rinard's impending departure from the morning show on WAJI 95.1, it seemed like a scenario that we see all too often in radio these days. A popular station jettisoning talented, long time personnel based up on the whims of spineless General managers fueled by the cold and uncaring calculations of some non-radio bean counter at some far off corporate headquarters.
Upon further investigation, this is not the case. After a quarter century in the business, the last 16 at WAJI 95.1, Ms Rinard's departure is of her own choosing and is the beginning of a career she will certainly love. Beginning next school year "Jnet", as her radio friends call her, will become an Interactive Media Instuctor at the Four County Area Vocational Cooperative and will afford her more time with her family and more opportunities to serve her community..
Her tearful goodbye to her listeners and co-host Dirk Rowley, was one of the most genuine and touching moments the Maven has ever heard on the radio in a very long time. Kudos to WAJI 95.1 management for allowing Jeannette to complete her last show with the same amount of dignity and class that she has always projected.
Best wishes, Jeannette....you will be missed.