Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Yes, there was a time when WBAI attracted the press and received favorable write-ups without initiating the contact. I think our programming did it—it appealed to intelligent listeners. Charles Hobson's program featured music that we normally didn't play, but—as the Variety reporter noted—his presentation was "educational."
So, when I criticize Jeannie Hopper, Tony Ryan, et al for their hours of pop music, it is not the music, per se, that I find fault with, it is the pop station dj style they emulate. Here are a couple of Variety write-ups from December of 1964. One is devoted to Charles' program, the other to a regime change. Let's hope we soon see the latter at what's left of WBAI, and that programming, in general, grows a brain.
...and here's the regime change: