WGBH sucks

Nov. 29th, 2009 09:10 pm
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Thanks, WGBH. By transferring all your classical programming to WCRB's pathetically weak signal, you've successfully deprived southeastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island of our only source for classical radio. Your suggestion that listening online or buying an internet radio is just as good is just the sort of clueless elitism I'd expect.

And by killing off all jazz programming on 89.7, you've managed to take jazz radio away from us, to boot. My little boy is extremely disappointed; he wanted to know why there would never be jazz on his bedside radio ever again, and I had no explanation to give him.

For the record, this sort of stupid, arrogant programming decision is exactly why I will never donate to public radio or television again.

Date: 2009-11-30 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobquasit.livejournal.com
Comment over on Universal Hub:

http://www.universalhub.com/node/27759#comment-110132

For those of us in southeastern Massachusetts and northern Rhode Island, your new WCRB signal might as well be being broadcast from the dark side of the Moon. You've successfully deprived us of the last vestige of classical music on the airwaves. Congratulations.

And your suggestion that we should adjust our antennas, listen online, or buy an internet radio (currently listing at $599.99 - $6.99.99, financing available), here's a suggestion: take the deluxe model internet radio (largest size), and shove it where you keep your decision-making organs. Then wait for the donations to pour in. I'll be writing a check Real Soon Now - as soon as I can get that WCRB signal.

Oh, and smart move killing off blues and folk programming. I'd appreciate your suggestion on alternate radio stations for that sort of programming if I could RECEIVE any one of those stations.

Date: 2009-11-30 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ocean-state.livejournal.com
I just looked up this story (because I haven't heard a thing on air from WGBH), that's very unfortunate. I listen to 89.7 mostly for the news and other talk programs, but I enjoyed their jazz after hours.

As far as classical music, you still have, errr, WRIU on weekdays 10 AM - 12:30 PM.
Edited Date: 2009-11-30 03:27 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-11-30 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] klyfix.livejournal.com
Hmm. I recall seeing something about this quite a while back on the "Greater Boston" program (which of course is on WGBH TV). From what I recall there were questions about the logic of WGBH buying WCRB, and issues about the signal. The idea seemed to be that for the main station they wanted to have more public affairs stuff I think.

I would guess that they wanted to increase the public affairs and whatever stuff on the main station but didn't want to totally cut the classical programming.

Hmm, but I don't know. I listen to the radio almost not at all these days; not for any good reason, I just don't.

Date: 2009-11-30 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bobquasit.livejournal.com
Apparently they may NOT be killing off jazz - they might even be expanding it by an hour. But there's no definite declaration from them to that effect that I can find.

Folk and blues are definitely dead, though. They won't be carrying them any more on ANY of their stations.

Date: 2009-12-01 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unquietsoul5.livejournal.com
It is rather stupid of them, considering that by doing what they have done they now have competition rather than a niche market control. WBUR has covered public affairs material for NPR in the area for years, and having the split (with WGBH being the 'arts and musical entertainment' station) meant that each taste could be treated fairly.

I used to go to sleep to WGBH playing for years, but in the past 2 their signal began to get really bad, a result I suspect of their moving the studios from Western Ave (where I live... but across the river from the old studio site) to Market Street in Allston. My guess is that some of the new construction from Harvard in Allston now interferes with the signal.

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