Bach trumps Telemann at the "New" WQXR

Laurence Glavin
Tue Oct 6 14:10:46 EDT 2009

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Dan.Strassberg" 
>To: "A. Joseph Ross" , "Laurence Glavin" 
>Subject: Re: Bach trumps Telemann at the "New" WQXR
>Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2009 07:55:09 -0400

>The GM at WNYC said that the new non-commercial (and low-powered) WQXR
>105.9 would run four minutes per hour of underwriting credits, whereas
>the old, commercial WQXR 96.3 sometimes ran as may as 12 minutes an
>hour of commercials. However, I'm sure he very conveniently forgot how
>many minutes per hour of begging the new WQXR will run during pledge
>drives. I don't know how many weeks per year of pledge drives the
>typical public radio station runs, but during pledge weeks, it usually
>seems as if the number is at least 51 weeks. Anyhow, if you calculate
>the weighted average of the number of minutes per hour of begging
>during fund drives and the number of minutes per hour of underwriting
>credits during non-pledge weeks, I suspect that the result is a lot
>closer to 12 minutes per hour than it is to four minutes per hour.
>Dan Strassberg (
>eFax 1-707-215-6367

WBUR is currently in "Fall Fundraiser" mode;  last Saturday, I listened
to the 9:00 am to 10:00 am portion of "Weekend Edition/Saturday" on NH Public Radio because I
failed to set my alarm for 8:00 o'clock.  So I flipped to WBUR for the repeat of the 8:00 am
to 9:00 hour, and they ran the same Ira Glass-guilt-inducing message THREE times, and included
no more than 20 minutes of program content; all the rest of the time was begging!

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