[JPL] Recent Radio Articles

Lazaro Vega wblv.wblu.fm at gmail.com
Wed Jul 12 02:37:32 EDT 2006


Those were the exact same paragraphs I highlighted.

Eric, my head's in the clouds of music, but the idea of public service
perception as relates to a fine arts format sounds right.

If there's not a college or university, symphony orchestra, church
choirs, chamber groups, a jazz society, major public or art museums, a
scene for folk music, musical instrument stores, secondary schools
with music programs, city sponsored or arts council sponsored
concerts, and other music related economic activity a local station
with a public radio music format will struggle to find an audience.

People listening for public service -- what record, what piece, when's
the concert, play, exhibit? etc. -- and hearing music, interviews and
underwriting announcements to enforce that local activity creates a
symbiosis with people who enjoy music, have good taste for music. That
could be anybody. And who knows what else they want to buy. The only
concern should be that they want to hook into the fine arts activity
the community and the station is the go to place.

There may be fewer people interested in those activities now that the
economic outlook, foriegn affairs outlook and political outlook are so
iffy. People are probably spending more time working and less time
listening to the radio then they were a few years ago.

There certainly is a dichotomy in how station's perceive the value of
local programming in addition to the value of programming sold from
the network. It's been a priority here to do local music programming
whenever possible. That's actually one of the biggest differences
between commercial and public radio these days. Commercial radio is
very centralized, while public radio is varied and various, with some
strongly unifiying network news programming.

They might attribute this decline in listenership to the politcal
attack the network has been under for years now, too. What about that?

What this article makes clear is having fun with recordings by Harry
Partch on-the-air is over.

Columbia University's station and WNUR, both outside of the network,
have birthday celebrations of Albert Ayler going on. Anyone else doing
something with The Holy Ghost?


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