Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Boston needs expanded folk music radio

This appeal was originally posted to NEFolknRoots. In a geography where traditional and revival folk was and continues to be strong, the amount of it on area radio stations is appallingly underrepresented. There are options, primarily if one listens online, but Boston-area folk music broadcasting is very limited. Here's a solution.


An open letter to WGBH.

I have read with interest news of your purchase of commercial classical-lite radio station WCRB. Bravo.

Now the next logical step would be for WGBH to buy a quasi-folk AAA station and expand your stellar Saturday Celtic/Folk/Blues programming to 24/7.



WGBH is taking classical music commercial-free 24/7, and you can play a part!

WGBH is acquiring New England's leading all-classical music station, WCRB 99.5FM, and will shift it to a non-commercial service, in keeping with our public media mission.

"From its very first broadcast, WGBH Radio has provided audiences with the best in classical music and performance. Today we are excited to reinvest in this tradition for a new generation of listeners," says WGBH President and CEO Jon Abbott. "The acquisition of WCRB will allow WGBH to sustain the vibrant classical music tradition of the Boston area."

Become a Founding member

What does this mean to WGBH's classical music listeners and supporters? You can count on the same thoughtful, engaging presentation of the best in classical music by our knowledgeable hosts. The additional hours will allow us to expand the scope of our service, maximizing WGBH's strong alliances with the area's premier performing organizations and artists and optimizing the use of our state-of-the-art Fraser Performance Studio, here in Brighton.

Keep Classical Music Alive

You can play a part in sustaining classical music in our region. Make your voice heard and become a Founding member of our new all-classical service.

Make an impact

Become a classical music sponsor

WGBH's award-winning radio programs make a lasting impact on local residents. Now your company can help make that a reality – while making a positive impact on your bottom line. Public radio listeners appreciate the corporate sponsors that help make their favorite music possible. Learn more about WGBH public radio sponsorship opportunities. Become a WGBH radio sponsor.

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