My own downward spiral of listening enjoyment...
Bob, your comments over the years about BBC Radio 3 have always resonated strongly with me and I don’t even live in the UK. They have great relevance to my own downward spiral of listening enjoyment of CBC Radio 2 (in Canada), and I share Scott’s sentiments (in the previous post on this subject). One used to be able to learn something from CBC Radio 2 programming; now it’s some bimbo who self-identifies as “the girl with the hair in the chair” and whose pithy commentary is pretty well limited to “ewwwwww, doesn’t that send chills up your spine?”. (To be fair, the IQ rises 20 points for two hours afterwards with another host, and on Saturday and Sunday.)Tom, many thanks for that email. There can only be two possible explanations for the resounding silence elsewhere on this topic. Either other commentators are in complete agreement with the direction that classical radio stations are taking. Or the commentators are not prepared to bite the hand that feeds them. From my own point of view it is wonderful being retired because your pension provider cannot fire you. All of which reminds us yet again of the insidious power of the classical radio stations.
I am most grateful for your flogging this issue as I am sure there must be at least one producer at the CBC who reads your blog. Let the hills echo with the sounds of complaining. Radio 3 and Radio 2, in the UK and Canada respectively, have lost their way. Clearly people aren’t listening, in Britten’s sense and as reflected in audience numbers.
Best, Tom Hogan [Disclaimer: I have no association with the CBC or any broadcast entity.]
P.S. Before pressing SEND, I can't resist asking you what Norman thinks about all this.........?
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