Bill Marx pledges his support for an FCC effort by the Committee for Community Access to get 'GBH's radio license pulled over the way it dumped jazz and other musical programming when it decided to try to bust WBUR's near monopoly on the giant local market for NPR news and information:
Has the duplication of reporting muscle brought about a cornucopia of investigative reporting from WGBH or WBUR? Granted, WGBH gabbers Jim Braude and Margery Eagan get to feel important chatting with our governor and the editor of the Boston Globe every week, but does that cud-chewing, along with other ultra-admiring sessions with other corporate types, select mainstream â€˜celebrities,â€™ and interviews with authors doing the rounds serve the public interest? Canâ€™t all these â€˜newsmakersâ€™ be heard elsewhere down the dial hawking their wares, which can also easily be found on the internet? For those who believe the decimation of WGBHâ€™s music programming was a cultural crime, that more of the same is the same old guff, let your discontent be heard in the halls of the FCC.
Ed. note: Actually, yes, competition has meant more original radio - and online - reporting from both WGBH and WBUR. Marx might try listening to shows other than Jim and Margery's Mid-Day Gabfest or look at WBUR and WGBH News online.