Sunday, November 29, 2009

 

The Switch is on, Dec 1 at 6 a.m.



Word has it WCRB FM 99.5 will go off air at midnight on Monday Nov 30 (actually early Tue. Dec 1). The new WGBH-owned station will debut six hours later as "All Classical WGBH".

Here is 99.5's schedule. The Boston Symphony Orchestra's Saturday night broadcasts continue
though the Friday afternoon broadcast won't.

The move means changes at WGBH 89.7 as well, including the loss of the folk and blues shows on Saturday. And some classical fans who live south of Boston may find that the classical programs that moved to 99.5 won't be picked up as easily.

Comments:
WCRB — R.I.P.

Will be so good to hear Laura Carlo and Ray Brown again, together, on a real radio station who really cares about classical music.
 
You haven't even heard the new WCRB...and you are assuming it will be a better station. Not necessarily.
 
I didn't have to hear the new WCRB to know it would be better. Couldn't have been any worse. Trust me.

And now that I am listening to the new WCRB there is no question that it is much much better than what we had been listening to.

Enjoy!
 
The power-down occurred well before midnight. I watched the 11:00 pm news on channel 30 (WBZ-DT) and hung on for David Letterman to see how HE handled the Tiger Woods story...BUT it was a RERUN! Bummer. When I turned on my stereo, WCRB was gone...in its place was NHPR all the way from Jackson, NH!
 
[i}I didn't have to hear the new WCRB to know it would be better. Couldn't have been any worse. Trust me.[/i]

Sorry, I don't trust you. WCRB was one of the most sucessful classical stations in the country. Just npot to your liking.

[i]And now that I am listening to the new WCRB there is no question...[/i]

So you posted this at 6:24AM...and after 24 minutes of listening, you already know it's better. Nothing like having an open mind!
 
The belief that anything would be preferable to the prior incarnation of WCRB is certainly understandable; 24 minutes of listening notwithstanding.

What is unclear is the criteria that determine WCRB to be "one of the most sucessful classical stations in the country" (sic). If one is discussing revenue, that is one thing, but in terms of 'CRB's grinding reliance on a mobius strip format of Mozart/Waltz/Copeland or the invasive and crass tone of their commercials, there can be little debate that WCRB as we recently knew it was both insipid and uninspired. Anyone who remembers this station from 20 years back may recall commercials that were often as understated as the music.

I, for one, am thrilled that WCRB has risen from the ashes to provide a format that conforms to listener expectations, but also seeks to enlighten and educate. One glance at the list of hosts assures me that the focus on music is again central to WCRB.

At least until its fundraising time . . .
 
WCRB is playing Shostakovich!

WCRB is playing Shostakovich!

O happy day!
 
[b]What is unclear is the criteria that determine WCRB to be "one of the most successful classical stations in the country" [/b]

I think what he means is

1. Number of listeners. WCRB had one of the highest cumes of all the Classical stations around the country with this "greates hits" style they were doing.

2. Revenue. Revenue is important, because it helps sustain the life of a cities classical station. No revenue, no station.

In both regards WCRB was well known around the country.

(While at one time it was known for it's ratings and cume, it was also knownfor pissing off opera fans, and classical purists.)

;-)
 
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