Sunday, February 06, 2011

Local Radio takes a hit

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We still have one local station, the wonderful new WHDD. But two voices are better than one, and as much as I love public radio (it's what I listen to 90% of the time), I don't think we need more sources of Car Talk and All Things Considered - we need diversity.

WKZE no longer pays much attention to this area; heaven knows WAMC doesn't. Will WSHU care what happens in Sharon, or Canaan, or Millerton? Time will tell. And, what will happen to this building?


Blogger Terry Cowgill said...

I agree that it's a loss on many levels -- the loss of a different voice and the people who will be LOSING their jobs.
WSHU definitely will not care what goes on in Millerton since it's in NYS.
What I think WSHU will tap into is the NPR crowd in NWC that really doesn't care that much about local programming and interviews with people about their fundraisers and their small businesses, but do want to listen a Connecticut-based NPR affiliate.
I think WSHU may also be trying hook people by getting them to listen to Morning Edition and keeping their radios tuned there most of the day afterwards.
Morning Edition is a great program but WHDD only carries it between 5-6 a.m. when everyone's still in bed.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

Financing multiple NPR stations in an area is a trying challenge. I worked in Columbus, Ohio, for six years. Columbus is the capital of a big state and the 15th biggest city in the country and they had two NPR stations, one of which was subsidized by Ohio State (and thus the taxpayers) and the other [which I loved] was independent. That one had a grand total of six employees and was ecstatic when someone pledged $50. Good luck.

6:03 PM  

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