Tuesday, October 6, 2009

What does "public radio" mean to you?

October 8, 2009 / 8 p.m.

postscript: I dug up my big old Walkman radio, put in some batteries & took it with me to silkscreen class on Thursday evening. Coming up, out of the subway at about 7p.m. I tuned in to WQXR to listen to their last broadcast hour. It was sweet & sad. Come 8p.m. the station did something unexpectedly heartbreaking-they played back their end of show announcements / sign offs. Some I had not heard in years but that only served to trigger some very old memories that made me even sadder that this great N.Y. station was about to become history in just seconds . Then I tuned in to the new "Q". I heard the faintest of voices. Realizing that I would not be able to get audible reception from the printshop located on 21st Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues, I turned the Walkman off and listened to the music playing on the nearby C.D. player. End of an era , as "they" say.

1 comment:

  1. OK, so I'm dense...what was your conclusion?

    Personally, as an old NPR fan, I am sick of the ads. I gave them money for no ads. There are ads. Also, recently, I heard with incredulous ears that NPR is now supported by Fox.


    And how's this "more classical music"? It's LESS classical music. No more on NPR - as I understand it, at night - and now only on ex WQXR.