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To: Military family member
The problem is really twofold.

First, the cultural base for classical music, and the arts in general, has been eroded by bad TV, bad radio, and bad education. No amount of government funding would fix that -- the only answer is for people to want to have good taste.

Second, you're right about the effects of the big stations. Most of them play the same schlock, in pretty much the same order. The problem in that case is that the radio corporations are big (i.e., they have no feel for local wants or needs), and they're in bed with the record companies (which means that they get paid to play crap).

As with so many other problems, the dearth of good radio can be traced to a populace that doesn't know any better.

15 posted on 06/07/2004 7:38:41 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: r9etb
Many public radio stations are affiliated with colleges. And these do provide the local programming—quality or not— lacking on other stations.

But look how many public radio stations play essentially the same few programs, just like the commercial stations.

18 posted on 06/07/2004 7:44:40 AM PDT by Military family member (Proud Pacers fan...still)
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To: r9etb
The funny thing is, my first real exposure to classical music came from a rather unlikely source: Luney Tunes.
30 posted on 06/07/2004 8:47:50 AM PDT by zeugma (The Great Experiment is over.)
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To: r9etb; Military family member
First, the cultural base for classical music, and the arts in general, has been eroded by bad TV, bad radio, and bad education. No amount of government funding would fix that -- the only answer is for people to want to have good taste.

I'll give you another reason for the ending of "classical" programming, political correctness. At least on Pacifica you will hear honesty about such decisions "they are dead white European males".

47 posted on 06/07/2004 11:24:33 AM PDT by weegee (NO BLOOD FOR RATINGS. CNN ignored torture & murder in Saddam's Iraq to keep their Baghdad Bureau.)
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