[JPL] Promo CD sales / disposal question

Bradley M. Stone bstone at science.sjsu.edu
Tue Apr 15 13:41:49 EDT 2008

Aloha Jim,

Excellent topic.  I agree with your assessment - the vast majority of
the CDs that we receive I believe have some merit - these musicians have
talent, and I often say exactly as you did - if I saw them in a
coffeeshop, pub or Vegas hotel, I would be happy to listen to them over
a drink.  The question we have to ask ourselves continually is "does
this project deserve airplay on a national level?".  That, coupled with
airtime limitations, the need to keep a disciplined playlist, and the
necessity for giving records in heavy or medium rotation their just due
(i.e. sufficient spins to build some possible familiarity and profile)
means that, as you point out, only a fraction get some airplay (I might
put at 1 in 2 or 1 in 3 make it onto the air at KSJS).  Given that I am
a bit of a pack rat, and reluctant to let go of any CD that has some
merit, means that my 2500 square foot house has stacks of CDs in every

The light is on (but growing dimmer due to CDs in front of the lamp).


Dr. Brad Stone
Music Director (Jazz, Blues World)
Faculty Advisor
KSJS 90.5 FM
1 Washington Square
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA   95192-0094
Home Office:
9381 Durango Lane
Gilroy, CA   95020
bstone at science.sjsu.edu
(408) 848-6266

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Subject: Re: [JPL] Promo CD sales / disposal question

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OK, regardless of the merits of this case it brings up a question for 
JPL'ers I've been longing to ask and it can be a touchy subject.  What 
DO you do with all the CDs you receive that you'll never play?  I still 
haven't decided and I'm about to be crowded out of my studio by 
cascading stacks of CDs by unknown artists and more boxes of the same 
in the backroom.

Some are "OK" - by that I mean if you heard them playing in a lounge 
somewhere you wouldn't necessarily go elsewhere for a drink.  But you 
wouldn't buy their CD or play it on the air.  I try to listen to 
everything that comes in but maybe only 1 in 5 actually gets 
significant airtime while the rest stack up. What do I do with the 
rest?   Bury them in the backyard or put them in the trash and add to 
our landfill problems?

Some say give them to libraries or music schools or "Goodwill", but is 
circulating mediocre music a disservice?   If I'm donating CDs I'd like 
them to be examples of excellence in our music, not the dregs I 
wouldn't play on the show.

What do YOU do with CDs you won't be playing on the air?

Jim Wilke
Jazz After Hours, PRI

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