[JPL] WBEZ......WRTI

Tom Mallison tomthejazzman at earthlink.net
Tue Apr 25 21:50:28 EDT 2006


As I remember, after the change at WRTI to night time Jazz they also raised more money than in previous years when they were playing Jazz 24/7.  ALOHA  Tom

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>I recall the uproar of the jazz community in Philadelphia PA when Temple
>University's WRTI dropped day-time jazz to replace it with European
>classical music. Many Philly jazzers like Rufus Harley and other jazz fans
>parading in protest to the deaf ears of the decision making folks of WRTI. I
>recall WRTI being 'justified' when after their first pledge drive after the
>change in format they announced how they raised more monies during the day
>then they ever did with jazz. I  write this to remind everyone that WBEZ is
>changing formats for the same reason, dollar$ !!!
>
>I feel saddened that the USA's patrimony-jazz, a cultural and historical
>reflection of US society far beyond its musical qualities is being sold down
>the river due to monetary concerns. Those that make the decisions at radio
>and recording firms are under estimating their audiences, it's all about
>exposure. The recording industry did the same in the mid-1980's when they
>introduced CDs which cost less to manufacture yet sell for more=larger
>profits. The labels created a publicity campaign extolling the virtues of
>CDs, their indestructibility and better sound(both exaggerations), then
>reduced the amount of LPs made eliminating a choice for the consumers only
>to quote the declining sales of LPs as an excuse to make even more CD only
>releases. Global corporate conglomerates break your leg and then accuse you
>of being a cripple.
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>Arturo Gómez
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