On the radio
A commenter on this post asked my thoughts about classical radio, which was a topic of much debate among other commenters to this blog when it was first launched (and has, I see, sparked some comment on this more recent post as well). Given that I am doing a lot of radio appearances these days (and by the way, tune in to WNYC’s Soundcheck at 2 pm today to hear a preview of my Top Ten CDs of 2010, coming this Sunday in the Washington Post), it might seem rather ungracious or at least awkward for me to write analytically about it at the moment, but that’s not the reason I have maintained what one might call radio silence. Rather, I broached some possible approaches to the topic, and was left with this decision: the idea that radio stations are often more mainstream than music connoisseurs would like them to be isn’t exactly news - in any musical genre.
I can grant that, and I can also see both sides. While I as a critic am always calling for vision and compelling programming, I don’t have to deal with trying to maintain an audience in a market that is increasingly fragmented. As the comments on this week's post indicate, there is something out there these days for everyone, be it satellite radio, internet radio, Pandora, Grooveshark, you name it. And as New York's WNYC has learned a couple of times now, most recently when it acquired WQXR, listeners get very, very upset when you change formats, regardless of whether you're taking things in a more contemporary or a more traditional direction.
I hesitate to post about radio at all because I fear it simply opens the doors to a lot of WETA-bashing in the comments. But the topic of classical radio is certainly close to the hearts of a large segment of the classical music community, and opening up a discussion seems possibly the best way for me to cover it at the moment. So: given the economic challenges of keeping a radio station going and cultivating a slightly wider public, what are some angles you would like to see classical radio pursuing, or some programming approaches you think are working in the field, around the country, at the moment?
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