were denied Robert J. memorial programming
To: WAMC Northeast Pirate Network
I want to thank you not only for posting my e-mail
on the Morning Pro Musica situation, but also for following it up
with personal interviews with "Dr." Alan and the "Winchell gang" at The
Berkshire Eagle. Thank you for exposing their lies. I wrote a letter
to the Schenectady Daily Gazette on this
very subject, but they never published this letter.
When I wrote you on June 11th, I said that Robert J. was out with bronchitis,
which is what Doug Briscoe said that previous weekend on the show. Two
days later, Robert J. died. At the end, he was on life-support, I later
learned -- a very sad end indeed, especially since I caught one of his
shows, and indeed he sounded terrible.
You and your readers should know, then, that when Robert J.'s death
was announced, within a day or two, WGBH-FM in Boston canceled almost
all of its regularly-scheduled programming, postponed its pledge drive
by one week, and devoted their classical schedule to Robert J.'s memory.
During Ron Della Chiesa's "Classics in the Morning" program, Robert
J.'s favorites were played, and there were tributes and reminiscences by
the show's host, producer, and, later, Richard Kneisly, who hosts the "Classical
Performances" program on 'GBH.
For the weekend of June 17th, Briscoe devoted Morning Pro Musica
to playing Robert J.'s favorites, and on July 1st and 2nd, MPM did
a massive RJL retrospective of interviews and live performances, of everyone
from the late E. Power Biggs and David Munrow (in the 1970s), to Jean Redpath
to John Cage, and even to Albany's own (now-defunct) St. Cecilia Orchestra.
There were verbal tributes from Yo-Yo Ma, Eugenia Zukerman, Peter Schickele,
and Russell Sherman. It was a major, unforgettable tribute, ten hours of
WGBH announced during the show that it could not issue it as
a set, but that it wouldn't mind people taping it off the air, so that's
what I did -- tape it off the internet, already a precious keepsake.
Taken over the course of two weekends of MPM, plus "Classics
in the Morning", WGBH honored RJL's passing with no less than
30 hours of on-air retrospectives and highlights. Almost all of this I
heard on WGBH-FM
through its website in streaming audio, which, for all its technical flaws,
good enough to get the show across.
Sadly, WAMC listeners were denied this memorial, because Chartock
took MPM off the air while Lurtsema was still alive
-- a very strange concept of friendship, if this incident is any example.
"Dr." Alan didn't have the decency to wait a few weeks more to yank the
show, he did it while his "friend" was on his deathbed. And from
what your website tells us about "Dr." Alan and sexual harassment, and
about his pals at The Eagle, it is clear that friendship, for Chartock,
means venality and lies.
Thanks to personal computers and the Internet, there's an entire world
of radio out there for music lovers -- from BBC Radio 3 (the world's
greatest classical broadcaster) to Radio Bartok/Hungary; from WCLV/Cleveland
to WHRB/Boston; from WCNY/Syracuse to WFMT/Chicago.
Sure, it will cost
more, but at least we don't have to support backstabbers and fair-weather
friends. At last, we can break the yoke of Radio Chartock.
Monday, July 10, 2000