[JPL] Where has the passion gone?

Jeff Turton jturton at comcast.net
Sun Aug 13 07:52:18 EDT 2006

I'm not sure I totally agree John. I think it's a little more 
complicated than just a loss of passion. I think much of it lies in the 
on air approach that most hosts project, though once again that's way 
too simple.I can listen to the better college stations here in Boston 
and hear lots of passion but the presentation is very unprofessional 
and hard to listen to but they certainly love the music. On the other 
hand I can listen to guys who I know are passionate and I know they 
love being there for their shifts and do the research but sound dead. 
No I think the inconsistency that most stations project in relation to 
on air sound has more to do with it. Each station really does need to 
define their on air approach and make sure that every host adheres to 
that approach. The reaction I get most from people when they complain 
about Jazz radio is that they find the 4-5 minute discourses on the 
music between sets boring, passionate or not, knowledgeable or not. The 
general feeling is really of a need to be entertained by their radio 
not talked down to by their radio. Again this is to simple an 
explanation.My feeling is that most hosts need to lighten up, have fun 
with the music. Who cares whether you know more than the audience. I 
don't want a stand up routine just show me your having fun playing 
music for people. Keep it moving. A stop set isn't about the momentum 
of the music stopping but providing continuity to the next set.

As Jae mentioned each market is different and people react to their 
radios differently. We have lots of colleges and College radio here. 
What they offer is different music choices from the Commercial and NPR 
stations but they certainly don't define the Boston market. I really 
think Jazz radio needs to enter the new century and realize what role 
it plays and can play in people's lives. We're way behind the times and 
playing catch up. Has the passion been lost ? I don't think so, we just 
don't know how to show how really passionate we are about the music

Jeff Turton
WFNX Jazz Brunch

> -------------------------------------------
> "Where has the Passion Gone"
> Do you remember when you first started listening to jazz? We all have 
> that story the first time it made sense to us and we felt like we were 
> on the inside. Then you did everything you could to find out what was 
> new, what was hot and keep you finger on the pulse and study up on the 
> old that you did not know much about. Do you remember when you weren't 
> afraid to ask questions or say that you didn't't know something 
> without fear that it would tarnish your jazz IQ? In programming, where 
> has the passion gone?
> Think about it, this is the greatest music in the world right? Do we 
> program it with that statement in mind or the excitement that comes 
> with being the best something in the world? The answer is simply no. 
> With all these charts telling you what time to take a break, what song 
> to play, and when you can use the bathroom the normal response to a 
> younger listener when asked " Do you listen to jazz radio" and the 
> number one response is " No it's boring" How can it be that when you 
> talk to a friend or musical colleague about jazz the fire is there 
> but, when you talk to your audience it's this is the way jazz is 
> supposed to sound radio.
> The reason is your air-staff looks at their board shift like a job 
> they are sick of and know how to do just enough to make it sound good. 
> Why should your listeners settle for mediocrity just because you're 
> bored? If you're bored do something to excite yourself and your show. 
> Yes, I know it is our job to play the new music but, just playing 
> something without giving the listener something else is boring. Where 
> have the interviews gone? What happened to actually prepping for the 
> interview before you go on the air with the musician?
> Today's host does his/her work in the studio goes home and forgets 
> about tomorrow's show until they are in the studio again. Now I know 
> you are creative but how creative can you be every morning without any 
> prep. Say you have an interview scheduled and don't mention it until 
> the day before to you listeners. Well most listeners won't even retain 
> the information. If someone asked you what does your show offer 
> consistently besides music and voice breaks, would you be able to add 
> anything else to the list?
> Now some people are saying well I am the best host at my station and 
> always bring in the most money during fundraising. That is all well 
> and good unless everyone else at your station sucks!
> What if everyone at your station did a great show? Would it put you on 
> your toes more and force you to take this a little more seriously? The 
> key to a radio success is the best on-air staff you can find that 
> doesn't't need to be told what to play or how to sound. Let them be 
> creative. After all isn't that spurned your passion for this music in 
> the first place? That's right it was creativity.
> I know many programmers that this does not pertain too but, that is 
> not enough.
> John Bouille
> WSHA Program Director
> 118 East South Street
> Raleigh, NC 27601
> 1-800-241-0421 ~ 919-546-8433

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