Old South Church Meeting

Garrett Wollman wollman@bimajority.org
Tue Jan 5 22:10:39 EST 2010

<<On Tue, 05 Jan 2010 20:20:12 -0500, lglavin@mail.com said:

> section of the sanctuary).  Several rows of seats were set aside for
> members of the press, so stories may soon appear in The Globe or
> Chicopee Herald, and who knows, on "Beat the Press" Friday night.

I was sitting in the second row right behind the reporter from
"Greater Boston".  He said that they would do it either Wednesday or

Near the very end, an audience member finally acknowledged the
elephant in the room that nobody else dared mention: that FM
broadcasting is in its final days as a music-distribution technology,
and people were getting far to het up over the weaknesses of this or
that FM signal when they should be concentrating on the health of the
cultural institutions that produce the music they value.

A number of people made comparisons to other countries, conveniently
leaving out the the national classical stations in those countries
receive (proportionally) enormous public subsidies.  There was only
minor bellyaching about the amount of Bill Kling's syndicated
programming being aired on 99.5 -- much more bellyaching from people
who "couldn't get" 99.5 in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and so on.

Dave MacNeill made some interesting points, and strongly defended
Mario Mazza's approach to programming the station, but he did leave
out the fact that he was a part-owner of the station when it was sold
(as for that matter was the BSO).


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