Larry Sherwood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>I cannot blame WGMS for selling the station when it's in their
>economic interest to do so. But WETA under Sharon Rockefellar
>shows the hollowness of government claims that "public radio" is
>in any sense a steward of the culture I value.
In my experience here in Austin Texas it is the same. I can remember
"when I was a kid" as recently as ten years ago, one could find a piece
like Schoenberg's Five Pieces appearing on our classical station during
an afternoon broadcast. On my own program I offered works like Berio's
Visage. Now our "classical" station is so watered down, Shostakovich
is considered avant garde and a work like the 10th Symphony can only be
heard in the evening...evenings which are now provided by a service.
Then there is our local NPR station which has lost just about all of its
personality and now has a station manager who is paid a six figure salary.
We do have our wacky coop radio...which was my only refuge driving on
Saturday morning...when they offered some Edmundo Ros!