[JPL] Programming limited to name recognition

Francois Zalacain sunnyside at attglobal.net
Fri Jul 2 12:09:04 EDT 2004

Dear Dr.,
In France we had Hugues Panassié (President of the Hot Club de France) 
who had decided that jazz innovation had ended around 1940. For 
Panassié, Charlie Parker was evil, Klook could not hold a pair of 
sticks, and Dizzy was a clown. When Ellington played with Mingus and Max 
he had a heart attack, the end of the world was close.
Panassié had a musical rational in his choices. Your radio censor has 
marketing (name recognition) and political (connection to the listening 
area) rationales when deciding what to program.
It will help us (independent record labels with limited marketing 
resources), to know which radio stations will not play our upcoming Tony 
Malaby release. It will save us about $8 per station, maybe $400 to $800 
dollars savings that we can allocate to our next Guillermo Klein 
release. Sorry, I forgot, Guillermo is from Argentina and has no name 
Don't be discouraged Dr. continue to promote the music.
Francois Zalacain
Sunnyside Records

Dr. Jazz wrote:

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> I recently received this reply from a station to one of my "weekly 
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> "We're not a new releases format, and artists who have no name 
> recognition or connections to (our) listening area are a hard sell for 
> our programming."
> I thought the purpose of programming a station was to bring to the 
> audience the best music available.  I have a problem with grasping the 
> logic of limiting the selection to artists that you believe your 
> listeners already know, or that have geographic roots, or to 
> previously released material.
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