[JPL] WBEZ-CHICAGO PLANS TO PHASE OUT MUSIC

Tom Mallison tomthejazzman at earthlink.net
Sat Apr 8 16:43:01 EDT 2006


WBEZ had some very interesting late night jazz programming that I enjoyed. 
It will be missed if they go through with this elimination of jazz
programming.  I guess they will be trying to appeal to the late night
drivers with these changes.  guess what the serious drivers have been
switching to satellite radio and are not going to be there for the talk.  I
do understand the classical audience is tuning blue and bald along with
dying so there may not be much hope for classical, but jazz is an energetic
format that just needs good programmers not needle drop specialists.  The
bias in many of these business organizations have not really looked very
deep at the jazz programs that are doing well.  Every day I am concerned
about changes be dictated or suggested based on broad national studies.  I
feel sure there are more such changes coming in the future.   ALOHA  Tom

> [Original Message]
> From: Bobby Jackson <ftapache1 at sbcglobal.net>
> To: Jazz Programmers Mailing List <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
> Date: 4/8/2006 4:34:51 PM
> Subject: Re: [JPL] BENZ-CHICAGO PLANS TO PHASE OUT MUSIC
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> It is indeed a sad day in Chicago.  As one who has seen jazz program cut 
> back at WCPN-FM when I just arrived in 1995,  I am reminded of what a 
> difficult task it has been to keep jazz alive in Cleveland and how many 
> other stations across our system struggle with the same issue.  It's
ironic 
> that we are learning about it during Jazz Appreciation Month.  I still
think 
> finding new ways to present this music is a way to help it survive.
>
> :(
>
> Bobby Jackson
> WCPN-FM/ideastream, inc.
> Cleveland, OH
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> Subject: Re: [JPL] WBEZ-CHICAGO PLANS TO PHASE OUT MUSIC
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> I know most of you public radio folks are
> familiar with the Station Resource Group and the
> studies they publish.  They updated their Public
> Radio Format Study this past December.  Page 5
> may tell the tale as to why so many stations are
> abandoning music in favor of talk.  Since 1999,
> overall average quarter hour numbers (AQH) are up
> by a whopping 54.8% for stations that program
> news, only a 5.6% increase was registered by jazz
> stations.  Time spent listening numbers (TSL)
> were up 2.2% for news stations, jazz stations
> were down 6.5%.  I'd hazard a guess that news
> ratings are up in large part due to events in the
> post-9/11 world.  But statistics never lie,
> right???  The entire study can be found at the
> link below.  David Giovannoni's name doesn't seem
> to appear anywhere on it so there might be
> something in here of some real value.
>
> http://www.srg.org/program/Format_Study.pdf
>
> As one of the two news items I'm copying and
> pasting below shows, dropping music in favor of
> news/talk does not necessarily translate into
> more pledge dollars.  Or more listeners.  At
> least in the short term.  The Washington Post
> story also talks about how the music-less WETA
> duplicates some of the programming heard on
> WAMU.  It's worth noting that the Washington Post
> unveiled their own news-talk radio station this
> week providing additional choices for D.C-based
> hard-core news/talk junkies.  Perhaps this
> explains why I didn't hear Post columnist E.J.
> Dionne on Friday's All Things Considered.  Maybe
> the Post won't allow him to appear on NPR any longer.
>
> The second news item appeared in Friday's
> Northwest Indiana Times detailing some of the
> impending changes at Chicago Public Radio, their
> official spin on it and comments from a
> none-too-happy but willing-to-wait-and-see-what-happens listener.
>
> Doug Crane
> dcrane at comcast.net
> KUVO Denver 89.3 FM
> Wednesdays 7-9 PM
> _____________
>
>  From the Washington Post:
>
> Beethoven's Revenge: Ratings Drop at Classical Music-less WETA
>
> By Marc Fisher
> Washington Post Staff Writer
> Sunday, December 11, 2005; N01
>
> When WETA changed formats in February, dropping
> classical music to become another
> all-news-and-talk public radio station, music
> fans, musicians and cultural organizations
> pummeled station executives with protests. How
> could the nation's capital have no public
> classical station? How would young people be exposed to the music?
>
> "People were angry -- still are -- and I
> understand that," says Dan DeVany, general
> manager of the station (90.9 FM) and architect of
> the switch. "But there was an audience in the
> Washington area that was not being served by
> public radio, and we wanted to reach out to
> them." He's talking about breaking out of the
> traditional public radio audience of affluent,
> highly educated, older and white listeners.
>
> But after two ratings books, two fund drives and
> nine months of the new programming -- a mix of
> news and talk shows from National Public Radio,
> the BBC and other outside sources, much of it
> oriented to foreign affairs -- WETA's audience is
> smaller, no more generous than the classical
> audience was, and no more reflective of the
> demographics of the Washington area.
>
> By most measures of success, WETA still lags
> behind its public radio competitor, WAMU (88.5
> FM), which airs much of the same programming,
> including NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things
> Considered," which the two stations simulcast in
> morning and evening drive time, respectively.
>
> WETA concluded its fall fund drive with $445,000.
> That's a decline from $479,000 raised in the
> drive a year ago, when the station still devoted
> much of its time to the classics.
>
> But DeVany notes that the number of donors was up
> slightly, from 5,535 to 5,729. And the percentage
> of new members, an indication of the station's
> ability to attract a new audience, rose from about 56 percent to 62
percent.
>
> "We are doing almost exactly as we expected," he says.
>
> Still, a look at the Arbitron ratings -- provided
> by WETA competitors who are only too happy to
> document the struggles of their new rival -- 
> shows a considerable drop in listening since the
> format change. Year to year, WETA has lost nearly
> a third of its share of the total D.C. area
> audience, and the biggest drops have come during
> the midday hours, when the station formerly
> broadcast classical music. During that same time,
> WETA's news/talk rivals, WAMU and all-news WTOP
> (1500 AM, 107.7 FM) gained audience, while talker
> WMAL (630 AM) continued a slow decline.
>
> WTOP Vice President Jim Farley sees this as
> evidence that WETA's news format has not found a
> new audience, but DeVany says the numbers show
> that younger listeners are discovering the
> station's commitment to serious discussion of
> world and national events. "We're seeing a
> greater distribution of age groups," DeVany says,
> citing ratings showing that the portion of WETA's
> audience in the 65-74 age bracket has dropped
> from 16 percent to 11 percent in the past year,
> while those in the 25-34 age range bumped up from 10 percent to 13
percent.
>
> Despite WETA's addition of two NPR programs aimed
> at black listeners -- "The Tavis Smiley Show,"
> which is heard in this market only on WETA, and
> Ed Gordon's "News & Notes" -- the share of the
> station's audience that is black has slipped
> slightly, from 5 percent last summer to 4 percent
> this summer. "It's going to take a while before
> we have the ethnic mix we'd like to see," DeVany says.
>
> WETA executives argue that they had little choice
> but to switch formats. The classical audience was
> aging, and survey numbers indicated that many
> listeners who tuned in to NPR's "Morning Edition"
> then changed the station to another news or talk
> outlet during the middle of the day, rather than sticking with WETA for 
> music.
>
> "They were telling us something I couldn't deny,"
> says DeVany, for many years one of WETA's most
> knowledgeable classical music hosts. "I could dig
> deep into my classical music soul and say, 'Who
> cares what the numbers show?' but that would be
> denying the truth. The multicultural-global view
> had great potential for public service, and I
> made a very difficult decision that certainly alienated a lot of people."
>
> WETA's new midday and evening talk lineup is
> heavy on BBC programs that emphasize foreign
> stories generally ignored by the U.S. broadcast
> media. The station hopes those programs will
> attract Washington's large immigrant population.
> WETA is also trying to distinguish itself from
> its public radio competition by devoting two
> hours on Sunday evenings to documentaries.
>
> But the format change meant eliminating almost
> all of WETA's locally produced programming. One
> of the few holdovers from the old format, Mary
> Cliff's popular "Traditions" show of folk and
> acoustic music, retains its Saturday night slot.
> And next spring, the station intends to replace
> some BBC programs with its first local talk show, a one-hour weekday 
> magazine.
>
> DeVany, who has been at the station since 1986,
> says WETA is still evolving. But even in the
> coming era of digital radio, when stations will
> add extra streams of programming that listeners
> will receive on a new generation of broadcast
> radios, WETA will not go back to classical music.
> The station is seeking a new home, probably a
> college, for its library of more than 27,000 classical CDs.
>
> DeVany says he wouldn't have dropped music if the
> area didn't also have a commercial classical
> station, WGMS (103.5 FM), and indeed that
> station's ratings have benefited from WETA's
> switch. But in WGMS's pops approach, the music is
> intended largely as background, an accompaniment
> to work or commuting, not as the active, serious
> listening that public radio was created to provide.
>
> "Are we abandoning a generation from being
> exposed to classical music?" DeVany asks.
> "There's a danger of that across all media. It's still up to the parents."
>
> © 2005 The Washington Post Company
> ___________________
>
>  From the Northwest Indiana Times regarding changes at WBEZ:
>
> This story ran on nwitimes.com on Friday, April 7, 2006 12:48 AM CDT
>
> Chicago Public Radio announces it will drop all music programming
>
> BY MIKAELA BUFANO
> Medill News Service
>
> Chicago Public Radio, which broadcasts in the
> greater Chicago area and northern Indiana,
> announced Thursday it will drop all music
> programming and will cover only public affairs in
> the form of news and talk shows.
>
> The shift to full-time public affairs and
> cultural programming, in the planning stage for
> more than a year, goes into effect in early 2007,
> according to a statement from Tony Malatia,
> Chicago Public Radio president and general manager.
>
> "Radio programming in this region has changed in
> recent years," Malatia said. "We've seen a lack
> of in-depth news reporting and focus on this
> community. Chicago Public Radio will fill this
> need with more diverse coverage of this region."
>
> Jazz, blues and world music programs such as
> "Comin' Home," and "Encanto Latino" will no
> longer be produced. Members of the music staff
> will help develop new programming to accompany
> current public affairs offerings.
>
> Popular programs Chicago Public Radio broadcasts
> include National Public Radio's "Morning Edition"
> and "All Things Considered," and American Public
> Media's "Marketplace" and "A Prairie Home Companion."
>
> According the Chicago Public Radio Web site, its
> broadcast reaches about 600,000 listers each week
> throughout Chicago and in such surrounding
> regions as Chesterton at WBEW 89.7 FM.
>
> Malatia emphasized that the change is a
> mission-based decision, rather than market-based.
> He hopes the new format will reach people who are
> very much engaged in their communities and
> current affairs and provide a platform for
> contact and a launching place for discussion and debate.
>
> "It's because there is no question what our best
> and highest purpose is--with the consolidation of
> consumer media, and the disinvestment that is
> taking place in journalistic organizations all
> around the country and in our region and the
> desire and increased need for people to have a
> place they consider trustworthy."
>
> Fifty-eight-year-old Claudia Heilke, of Porter,
> said before she retired she listened to WBEZ for
> about three hours a day while commuting to
> Chicago. Heilke, who still listens to WBEZ
> everyday, said she opposes the change.
>
> "I find it upsetting in a way ... there's nowhere
> else to go to get any jazz and there's certainly
> nowhere else to get world music which I will really, really miss."
>
> However, Heilke said she is optimistic about the
> prospective programming expected to fill the void
> left by the eliminated music programs.
>
> Throughout May and June Chicago Public Radio will
> "actively seek input from audiences through
> public meetings, web forums and call-in programs," Malatia said.
>
> "We will be able to offer excellent programming
> we currently do not have room in our schedule to offer," he said.
>
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> Following the success of Word of Mouth Revisited, the critically
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Pastorius 
> Big Band has crafted a second chapter in their ongoing tribute to the 
> brilliant legacy of the bassist/composer/arranger from whom they've taken 
> their name. The Word Is Out!
>
> On this second outing, the Jaco Pastorius Big Band again addresses Jaco's 
> compositional genius, this time with newly expanded arrangements of
pieces 
> that harken back to 1976, that pivotal year in Jaco's career when he 
> appeared on three near-simultaneous releases - Weather Report's Black 
> Market, Pat Metheny's Bright Size Life and his own self-titled debut -
that 
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>
> This week's sponsor: Jaco Pastorius  -  The Word Is Out! (Heads Up
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>
> Jaco Pastorius  -  The Word Is Out! (Heads Up International) 
>
> THE JACO PASTORIUS BIG BAND CONTINUES TO SPREAD THE WORD ON THE LEGACY OF
A BRILLIANT BASSIST, COMPOSER AND ARRANGER
>
>
> The Word Is Out! features: Jaco Pastorius, Gerald Veasley, Victor Wooten, 
> Richard Bona, Jimmy Haslip, Jeff Carswell, Israel ''Cachao'' Lopez, Jr., 
> Mark Egan, Oteil Burbridge, Will Lee, Randy Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, 
> Hiram Bullock, Mike Stern, Ed Calle, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, 
> Robert Thomas, Jr., Othello Molineaux and Toots Thielmans 
>
> ''Most musicians that I know absolutely appreciate the contribution Jaco
Pastorius made to music. I feel like every year, his memory gets stronger.
It's up to us to make sure folks don't forget.''
>
> Marcus Miller 
>
> Following the success of Word of Mouth Revisited, the critically
acclaimed and award winning 2003 release on Heads Up International, the
Jaco Pastorius Big Band has crafted a second chapter in their ongoing
tribute to the brilliant legacy of the bassist/composer/arranger from whom
they've taken their name. The Word Is Out! 
>
> On this second outing, the Jaco Pastorius Big Band again addresses Jaco's
compositional genius, this time with newly expanded arrangements of pieces
that harken back to 1976, that pivotal year in Jaco's career when he
appeared on three near-simultaneous releases - Weather Report's Black
Market, Pat Metheny's Bright Size Life and his own self-titled debut - that
stand today as major landmarks in his fabled career. 
>
> Set for international release on Heads Up on March 28, 2006 Radio
Promotion: Neal Sapper nsapper at headsup.com and Mike Hurzon (co-producer of
the project) trackst at bellsouth.net
>
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