Dick Gordon To Host Show From North Carolina

Eli Polonsky elipolo@earthlink.net
Wed Nov 9 01:41:12 EST 2005

> From: Garrett Wollman <wollman@csail.mit.edu>
> CC: boston-radio-interest@rolinin.BostonRadio.org
> To: "Dan Strassberg" <dan.strassberg@att.net>
> Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2005 12:05:22 -0500
> Subject: Re: Dick Gordon To Host Show From North Carolina
> But to give one point for comparison: Penn's WXPN has an annual
> budget of $5-6 million, and about half of that comes from listeners

WXPN is in a fortunate position format-wise that apparently can't 
happen for a public or non-commercial station in Boston.

Due to WXPN's longtime success as Philadelphia's AAA station, 
they have prevented any commercial station in that market from 
viably competing with that format. There is no commercial AAA 
station in Philadelphia, WXPN is serving that format in the market.
WFUV has done the same thing in NYC. No commercial AAA there.

Here in Boston, there are two commercial AAA's in the market, 
WBOS and WXRV, which prevents any non-comm's from adopting 
the format. 'UMB has developed some similar formatting elements 
as WXPN (and WFUV) and airs some of the same syndicated NPR/
PRI music programs at night and weekends, but sticks with their 
folk music niche format for their local programming.

Eli Polonsky

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