Steve Schwartz on NPR:
>Gross and Glass are primarily hot-house efflorescences of the news
>culture. They are superior to, but not fundamentally different than
>other outlets. Resources are too scarce to cater to a one-sided indulgence.
>And in fact the folks who run public radio are constantly inventing new
Local programming, which might well involve classical music, is crowded
out. The classical music programming in Richmond VA originates locally.
It also should be pointed out that when Terri Gross interviews a musician
it is almost certainly not a classical musician. And When Morning Edition
or All Things Considered does a story on a musician, it is invariably a
folk or pop musician,(whose music is subsequently available on cds called
"I heard it on NPR " - which seems a tad unsavory.) So classical music
has no place at the table. Clearly the NPR powers that be consider
classical music to be an arcane pursuit, of interest only to specialists
rather than a part of the common culture. And the listening public
apparently absorbs that message.