An Open Letter: To CEO, Laura Walker of WNYC
Laura Walker, CEO October 12, 2014
160 Varick Street
NY NY 10012
A BIT OF ANTI-INTELLECTUAL MIDDLE-BROW CORPORATISM AT WNYC
~an open letter to CEO, Laura Walker of WNYC.
This letter is a protest at your cancelling the free-wheeling, exciting Socratic tria-logue of “Gabfest Radio” and its replacement with a DOA humdrum digest of free-market anecdotes called “Market Place Weekend.”
If this were not part of a pattern, I might not have noticed it. But it is: you like digest call-ins with pre-screened questions to humdrum programs like the “DR Show,” “ On Point,” the one mentioned above, and many others.
You don’t like: intellectually brilliant formats like your former show from California public radio, “To the Point”, or as I said, the—let me add younger generation of intellectuals demonstrated in Gabfest Radio.
You’re going to tell me that all those things I like are available on podcasts. Oh, phooey! You know that radio is Power and Community at a single click. That’s why you’re in radio, Ms. CEO Walker, and not just some obscure blogger out there in the ether.
I won’t go back and repeat my praise for the cancelled “To the Point” or start an extended analysis of the trenchant, raw, live interactional show, “Gabfest Radio.”
I’ll just mark this place. And put this up on my blog, danielgoode.com where anyone can comment. You are invited to do so, and I’ll be back on your case right away!
167 Spring Street #3
NY NY 10012
P.S. At this very moment I am in receipt of a fundraising letter from you. Very funny!
It’s always seemed to me that On Point was NPR’s answer to Rush Limbaugh Radio, and you don’t learn too much from either program. Gabfest is gone? Oh no, what a loss! Actually I find myself turning on Bloomberg Radio a lot these days – for Charlie Rose and others.