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How The Journal Got it Wrong

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Last week, in his analysis of the recent Wall Street Journal article called Radios Answer to Spotify? Less Variety, Paragon Media's Mike Henry wrote about how the paper was correct. Today, in part two, Henry discusses how the paper got it wrong. He says, "seizing on growing opportunities with little competition, its on public radio where the vast majority of true music discovery radio stations now air in many cities.  No longer just the purview of NPR News, Classical programming or free form radio, public radio is now the home of music artists spanning Arcade Fire to Johnny Cash."

Henry lists off many stations around the country that are focused on music discovery, like WFUV in New York City, KUTX-FM in Austin and 88.1 in Milwaukee. He says, "These stations and others like them play more songs and a wider variety of music than most people want to hear on radio.  Clearly, these stations alienate many listeners who just dont find them familiar and repetitive enough for their tastes.  And thats OK.  They have plenty of stations made for them.
 
While its fair to paint radio with a broad brush lacking music variety and new music discovery, its also fair to recognize that some stations are painting on a different canvas where that is all that matters.


Read part two of his analysis of the Wall Street Journal piece HERE




(2/3/2014 10:31:24 AM)
And NPR is taxpayer-subsidized but, lately the ads on public radio and TV are....ads. They are not some generic "We support the NPR efforts."... that used to be the only sponsor messages allowed.
Last night prior to and after "Downton Abbey" I saw ads..real ads..for: an Indian casino, plant nursery, jeweler, cancer center, attorneys, Cadillac dealer and on and on. Public broadcasting is a competitor to commercial radio and TV.

- Phil

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