Anything We Can Do for Classical Music Radio in Boston?

A. Joseph Ross
Thu Dec 31 00:49:50 EST 2009

On 28 Dec 2009 at 18:42, Romy wrote:

> . Friday afternoon broadcasts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra are
> cancelled. . In Boston's Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and areas south of
> Boston, listeners are unable to receive a clear signal from
> "all-classical" WCRB. 

I understand about parts of Boston, but I don't understand about 
areas south.  WCRB announces that it is also on a station on 
Nantucket.  Does the Nantucket station have that bad a signal?

> Much of the music on WCRB is programed by a Minneapolis syndicate.

The question for me is how good the music is, not where it comes 
from.  I particularly like the Sunday Baroque programming, and while 
it's obviously not local, it's good.  The economics of classical 
music programming are not favorable these days, unfortunately.

> . Area listeners have lost fifty hours a week of quality classical
> music. . Do we really need more talk radio and duplicative NPR
> programming? .Are WGBH contributors pleased with the changes? .Are
> WCRB listeners pleased? .Will the administration at WGBH
> reconsider? 
I remember, during the 1970s recession, when WGBH faced protests 
when, in order to save money, they dropped most of their excellent 
talk programming in favor of classical music.  I guess you can't win.

A. Joseph Ross, J.D.                           617.367.0468
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