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re: WJUL "Lowell SunRise"

At 12:22 PM 10/8/2003, Garrett Wollman wrote:
><<On Wed, 08 Oct 2003 12:11:11 -0400, Aaron Read <aread@speakeasy.net> said:
> > Still feel a public radio model would've been better, though.
>Hard to do with CPB policies as they are today.

Do you mean that they couldn't be a true CPB recipient?   If so, then 
yes...that's true.  They'd be at least the fourth service to an area...even 
though they might target a minority listenership, they're obviously not 
minority-owned.  WUMB has struggled for many years since they're the third 
public radio resource in Boston and therefore they qualify for much less in 
the way of CPB funding than WBUR and WGBH do.   Their dependance on a 
series of smaller radio signals vs. the powerhouses of WBUR and WGBH hasn't 
helped, either.  :-)

However, my statement was referring more to just taking the public radio 
style of WBUR, WNYC, WBEZ, NHPR, NPR etc etc etc and adapting it for 
WJUL/Lowell.  AFAIK there's nothing stopping them from doing that.   If 
you're going to be trapped by NCE underwriting rules, why not emulate those 
that have figured out how to milk it for all it's worth?

BTW, is the SunRise exclusively locally-created content?  I can't listen to 
enough of it to know for sure, but it sounds like it - even the traffic 

Aaron "Bishop" Read             aread@speakeasy.net
FriedBagels Consulting          AOL-IM: readaaron
http://www.friedbagels.com      Boston, MA