Rich Girard isn’t going to stop digging into Manchester’s city government, or sharing what he thinks of it.
He just won’t be doing so every weekday morning on the radio.
After more than six years on WLMW, 90.7 FM, “Girard At Large” airs for the last time this morning.
The show served as a vehicle for in-depth explorations of complex issues, such as school curriculum and redistricting. It was also an outlet for Girard’s sharp, sometimes cutting, political views.
Girard has used his three hours of airtime each day to provide a window into the inner works of Manchester City Hall. He is an unquestionably conservative voice, but the overriding theme of his program was transparency.
Girard is tenacious about holding government accountable to the citizens. He will remain so as an at-large member of the Manchester school board, having been reelected last week while running unopposed.
Girard’s critics are as passionate as his fans. He can be controversial and confrontational, on the air and in public meetings. But he usually has the better side of the argument.
We hope that Girard will maintain his website, girardatlarge.com, and his regular appearances on Manchester public access television. Throughout his years in and around Manchester politics, he has been an effective advocate for bringing sunshine into City Hall.