[JPL] Jae's REAL nightmare!

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 29 14:24:20 EST 2006

Yepper Linda....it was a nightmare indeed. I can't imagine what any programmer would feel if they walked into their station music library one day and see ALL of their albums gone. Out in the "dumb-sters".(intentional play)...no less. Thousands! That's enough to send your brain in a tailspin but fortunately most were recovered. The heartbreaking part of this is that several were picked up by folk and carried away and you know they are only picking out the names they recognize. I'll know over the next couple of weeks what we lost.  
  There is another disturbing side and that is the arrogance of some classical folk that think jazz is something you scrap off a fly swatter. It was no problem for them to throw away thousands of jazz recordings. It meant absolutely nothing to them. It's this perception that jazz is inferior - regardless if all involved certainly aren't qualified to remotely begin to tell you why. Fortunately management  sees it differently and recognizes jazz music's importance to our station and culture. 
  And speaking of fundraisers.....WHRV successfully wrapped up our fall drive this past Friday. Jazz once again did very well....bringing in well over $60,000 ..... breaking the jazz record from last year by over $15,000!!! I have to say though there was one listener that put up an interesting challenge last Monday....he offered $2 to every $1 that came in for an hour....with no limit. Everyone was stunned. Once it checked out I went at it hard for that hour and raised just about $7,000 in that one hour so he was up for about $14,000. We ended up with a $22,000 evening of jazz pledging. Every station needs a few listeners like that for sure. 
  Jae Sinnett 
Norfolk VA

Linda Yohn <lyohn at emich.edu> wrote:

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Hi Jae and all list members,

Omigod, I cannot imagine such insensitivity! During a fund drive?? 
Applecarts must not be upset during a fund drive!!! And, to just put 
all the LPs in a dumpster????

I'm sorry to see anyone lose a job in these tough economic times, but 
that individual deserved such a fate when she/he went ahead and did 
that to the albums after you had specifically requested that the jazz 
albums be left alone. Jae, you have my sympathy.

As we went through our fund drive, I took listeners on tours of our 
library. They appreciated it's organization and it's breadth and 
depth. We music hosts have a relationship with all of the records in 
our library be they on black vynil or silver plastic. Those 
relationships create the relationships with listeners, too. Jae, and 
others on this list, I'm sure you feel as I do.

I's with the brothers Jackson with regard to my personal LPs as well. 
I've retained all my musical treasures even if they have been re-
issued. I've got some odd rock, funk, comedy, classical and folk music 
LPs too. It's my musical life. 

Perhaps at some time, I will live Abbey Lincoln's lyrics to "Throw It 
Away", but the time is not now. 

I was glad to see that most of Jae's station LPs were rescued from the 

Keep swinging,


Linda Yohn
WEMU Music Director
lyohn at emich.edu

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