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January 31, 2011


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Jack Lessenberry asks a fair question.

And yes it is one of those great mysteries, why an outfielder makes so much more than a neurosurgeon, or the entire string section of the DSO, or President of the United States.

Magglio Ordonez is a lifetime .300 hitter; perhaps Babe Ruth was right when he was asked about his contract with the Yankees, that paid him more than the President. "I had a better year," the Babe replied.

I agree with Jack Lessenberry; it is awkward to wonder why the DSO can't attract more support from a few millionaires. Perhaps it is because they can't name health care benefits or pension fund payments after big donors.

But I also wonder this; it used to be, that WUOM broadcast real classical music, along with great jazz, for much of its programming day. Now, the model for an increasing number of public radio stations and networks like Michigan radio is 24-hour newstalk, much of it supplied by NPR, PRI, APM and the BBC. Newstalk with a not-so-vaguely leftish tilt to it.

I really wonder whether we need more newstalk on the radio, or more classical music. I had thought that the purpose of public radio was to supply an alternative what commercial media did not, in the public interest.

As I see it, the real public need is fine arts and cultural programming. To inspire more people to think about classical music, to buy tickets and to go see their DSO perform live.

Not to oppose Rush Limbaugh, or to serve as a radio version of MSNBC or the New Yorker.

2 comments: Yes, losing the current Detroit Symphony would be a huge loss to the area. It is one of the great orchestras in the country. The ripple effect may be largely unseen for those who don't patronize the orchestra's concerts, but it would take Detroit down a notch in its quest to remain or even aspire to being a world class city, and many people who think of moving here know it. Let's hope there is a creative solution to this. It will take extra effort from those who can see it is an exceptional part of the region and the state.

I would welcome even a small amount of classical program time on WUOM. Exposure to classical music is what creates a love for it. Thank goodness we have WRCJ!
WUOM does provide an excellent variety of news sources to help you stay informed. Even with some bias at times, NPR delivers important information. It would be great if WUOM could offer an hour or two of classical music to rest our brains as we try to digest all of the info.

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