BSO on the radio - not for me anymore
Tue Oct 12 13:57:45 EDT 2010

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Dan.Strassberg <>
>To: Jim Hall <>;
>Sent: Tue, Oct 12, 2010 8:52 am
>Subject: Re: BSO on the radio - not for me anymore

>When was the conversion done? If early enough, I suppose a conversion 
>to CD as opposed to a hard drive was possible, even likely. But the 
>use of a RAID array to store something as mission-critical as a radio 
>station's entire intellectural property, even as long as 10 years ago, 
>seems like a strong possibility. You have to remember that WCRB had at 
>least one top-flight technical person on its staff over its entire 
>history, except possibly for the last few years immediately before 
>WGBH bought it. Especially if the original source media were to be 
>trashed, you would expect that the job would have been done with with 
>the utmost care under the supervision of a person who appreciated the 
>value and irreplaceable nature of the material that he/she was working 
>with. (And yes, I've thought about the sarcastic comments that are 
>likely to follow from a certain list member in the Merrimack Valley.) 
>Dan Strassberg ( 
>eFax 1-707-215-6367 
 I'm a bit surprised that the *Emperor of Ice Cream has experienced so much difficulty with the 99.5
 signal where he lives.  I can't actually SEE the tower lights even in winter when any intercepting trees
 would be stripped of leaves, but the basic, underlying signal is crystal clear and resonant at all times.
 Perhaps every time I've listened to WGBH-sourced programming (vs the satellite-fed fare), they've 
 been playing a commercially-available CD of recent vintage.  The occasional times I've had problems
 with WCRB's current sound have involved tapes or some other media used for rebroadcast of the in-house
 concerts from Frazier Hall before the reconstruction.  Since I'm an avid concertgoer (tonight 10/12
 I'll be at Seully Hall in the Boston Conservatory of Music for an all-Beethoven-piano sonata concert by
 international world-class pianist Till Fellner), very often if there's BSO performance I want to hear, I
 make my way to Symphony Hall, often on a Thursday night when I can get lower-priced tickets and then
 move to a more amenable seat at intermission! So it's almost a form of lagniappe that an excellent signal is 
 nearby if I decide the weather is too frightfull to do so on a winter's night.


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