on WAMC fares poorly
To: WAMC Northeast Pirate Network -
Finally something really interesting on the Internet.
The sad story of classical music on WAMC has been closely examined
recently with the passing of RJL and the unavailability (to us) of Morning
Pro Musica. The "replacement", hour-for-hour, with other classical
programming really doesn't fill the bill because the replacements are of
extremely poor quality. It's another demonstration of the dumbed-down
world's endless search for the 14-minute piece; if that means playing Mozart
serenades with fewer movements than he actually composed, well...
The crucial moment in this story actually happened almost two years
ago. Doctor Chartock canceled WAMC's oldest program, the Friday-afternoon
Symphony live broadcast. This was a cultural disaster for the entire
Of course, the program was a challenge to present properly, particularly
for those who don't understand--or like--music. The concerts were spread
out from September to April; there could be one concert per month, or two,
or three; the scheduling of one of Doctor Chartock's few programs of merit,
Pop, during the same time period meant that he could rely on the ever
present news junkies to persistently complain, as well as practically the
entire staff, who are all uncomfortable with pronouncing all those foreign
As is the great tradition, the departure of this sterling program, much
higher in quality (musical and technical) than the Tanglewood relays,
went completely unnoticed by everyone precisely because of the above challenge--it's
really hard to realize something is missing and hasn't returned after the
summer. I have had several conversations to this effect; I hope they all
wrote letters, but....
I hope the site succeeds as a "Friend of WAMC" area, please use
my name and e-address.
Monday, June 26, 2000