|Clockwise from top: Anita Lustrea, Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira,
Melinda Correa Schmidt, and Lori Neff
Yesterday, a stunned Midday Connection radio audience learned that Moody Radio has cancelled this popular broadcast. Moody Radio Vice President Colin Lambert made the announcement. He spoke of a “change of seasons” and “the need to address seismic shifts in our culture.”
I find that explanation a bit strange, given the fact that Midday has been doing that very thing—thoughtfully, even fearlessly, engaging a wide range of seismic cultural changes and issues that impact their listeners. It will be interesting to see what lands in this programming slot.
As someone who has been privileged on numerous occasions to be interviewed by Anita and Melinda, both in studio and by phone, I appreciate the depth of their interviews and am personally grateful for the excellent work they’ve all done. (The latest was July 8 on Malestrom.) Over time, we’ve developed good friendships, so I share the deep sense of loss that loyal listeners are feeling.
Melinda and Caryn departed in June. After ten years together, Anita and Lori will wrap things up next Friday (September 18). They’ll be talking about their departure in today’s broadcast.
Yesterday Anita posted this on FaceBook:
As you can well imagine the past three and a half months have been very emotional. In May we found out Midday was ending. In June both Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira and Melinda Correa Schmidt left. They just weren’t colleagues they were dear friends. Now Lori Neff and I are bidding adieu.
A week from tomorrow [Sept 18] will be our final goodbye to the Midday Connection family. And it was a family. We laughed together. We cried together. We wrestled with tough issues together. There were those who didn’t care for our style nor our substance but they were in the minority. The others of you cared deeply about what we were trying to do and build to the glory of God.
All of us will embark on a new leg on our journey soon. Friend us on Facebook so you can journey with us. Right now, though, I just want to say thank you for the outpouring of love and affection. I can’t tell you what it means to know that we helped make a difference in your lives. Please know you’ve made a difference in ours. Keep all of us in your prayers.
Please tune in tomorrow [Sept 11] for a very special final Millrose Club program!
Knowing what I do of these four incredible women, I feel confident in saying, “We haven’t heard the last of them!” And that is only a good thing.
Follow them on FaceBook to find out what comes next.
Update: On the September 11 broadcast, both Anita and Lori announced that, after leaving Midday Connection, they will each be doing their own podcasts.