Friday, April 07, 2006

We don't need no stinkin' music

Insider Radio reports that WBEZ in Chicago will "drop all its music and non-information programming" by early 2007. This will include jazz, blues, and world music programs. How will this affect This American Life?

They're not hard news, but they're more than just entertainment. Well, the shows is moving to New York City while they're filming a television version for Showtime. When TAL made the announcement, the Chicago Reader reported that they would still be a production of WBEZ. So, where does that leave them?

There's a meatier article on the format shift in the Chicago Sun-Times.


At Fri Apr 07, 03:26:00 PM, Blogger bill said...

This has been a trend for a number of NPR-carrying stations. In my home city, the Univ. of Utah's station abandonned its classical and jazz programming to compete with the all-news channel coming out of Park City. This American Life will be fine.

At Sat Apr 08, 04:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always suspected that Chicago suffered from DC-envy :-p

At Sat Apr 08, 08:47:00 PM, Blogger Thom said...

LOL, Anonymous. And who says this isn't a big deal, with Chicago being the great jazz city that it is. These under-represented musical genres deserve exposure on public radio, a place meant to serve the public interest--god forbid, I mean when I include in the arts in that charge. ;-)

Bill, you're right...TAL is too big a "property" for someone not to pick them up.


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