great has happened!
To: WAMC Northeast Pirate Network -
Excellent detective work in your updated Web site.
Interesting it is to see so many "hard-up" public radio insiders making
that much money.
American broadcasting is now in The Age of Talk. Just talk. In fact,
talk a lot, and keep on talking, talking, talking, all day long.
And when you're finished, talk some more. No one listens to music
anymore -- a far cry from the "golden days" of the 1960's, when music was
a vital part of broadcasting, political struggle, personal consciousness
and intellectual development.
Nowadays, just keep on talking. I really wonder about the intellectual
level of WAMC listeners and supporters.
Of course, when I see announcers at WRPI
91.5FM taking up so much of that station's airtime doing exactly
the same thing as WAMC -- i.e., talk, endlessly -- and then busing or driving
over to Albany to help "Dr." Alan in his fund drives, I doubt their sincerity
as political activists and free speech champions.
Fortunately, something great has happened: Several months ago, BBC
Radio 3 upgraded its streaming audio service, so if anyone who loves
classical music and genuinely intellectual programming wants to hear what
a REAL world-class broadcaster sounds like, just go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/
and click on the "Listen" link (located at the top of the
page and to the left). Their streaming audio quality is superb
Compare the live Metropolitan Opera feeds, and note that their sound
quality is vastly superior to the noisy, fuzzy, low-fi amateurishness of
the Poor Folk of Central Avenue.
Also, for anyone interested in hearing the Boston Symphony Orchestra
live again during the regular season, just go to the Web sites of WGBH
and you can hear their Friday/Saturday concerts (albeit in the Windows
Media Player format, which is sonically inferior to Real Player,
used by BBC R3). Yes, the Internet offers a haven from the Invasion
of the Talk-Hordes!
Keep fighting the liars. Albany should stand for a lot more than "Dr."
Alan's hot air, and the pseudo-intellectual level of his talk-obsessed
Sunday, 18 February 2001