And, if so, will it stay classical?
WCRB has been doing everything possible to make its programming as boring as possible and to drive away classical-music lovers. They hire bored-sounding people who can't pronounce composers' names correctly. Or else they don't even tell you what the piece was, but just that it's being broadcast by WCRB -- probably because the only people now receiving their broadcasts are spectrum-surfers who get it by accident.
It might as well be put out of its misery.
also did not run their usual June and September lunchtime concert series in Copley Square last year, and they pretty much ceded all sponsorship of Wednesday night Esplanade concerts to the Landmarks Orchestra. Is the station doing anything at all to promote itself these days?
Exactly, if WCRB can't mix up its set lists with more challenging classical pieces, then put it out of its misery. I'd love to have a 24/7 station in Boston that plays decent jazz - big band, swing, bebop, and so on. Sadly, I doubt that will ever happen.
Since the station's move down the dial, it's been as good as dead to us. We no longer get a decent signal at home.
I thought it was me. The programming is bad. The signal is even worse. Too bad I've been listening since I was a kid. I can remember hearing pilots and the tower at Logan occassionally interupting the music.
Does anyone remember the Saturday night show that began with a circus caliope? How about the AM station that they had?
Oh well, looks like more talk radio...
Another thing about WCRB is that, especially as of late, they tend to do what a good many of the rock-n-roll stations do: play the same things over and over again.
It's true that WCRB has declined, but then again, so has radio, just generally, imo.
I haven't been able to open up the link, so I don't know specifically what the article states. I understand what WCRB's weakness are, but they do currently have the rights to broadcast the BSO and Tanglewood concerts, while WGBH has other programming alternatives. Tanglewood concerts, to me, matter as much as Red Sox broadcasts to sports fans. They did put Listo Fisher on staff after he got dumped from WRKO. I remember when the late Richard L Kay use to play comedy records (Goon shows, Anna Russell, etc) on Saturday nights. Maybe, part of WCRB's problem with its limited playlists is that they were marketing themselves as background music for offices and business. I don't have any suggestions on what they could do to improve, but yeah, stop with the "Skater's Waltz" already.
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