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Jan. 23, 2007 — Unintended consequences

Several weeks ago, I wrote about a miniature radio war near the apartment. Last night at 8 p.m., the public radio station which formerly broadcast mostly classical music, then dumped the format for news and talk, reinstituted its classical format.

There was rejoicing amongst people who didn’t like the original format change.

Thing is, the station alienated a whole lot of people who actually liked parts of the new format, especially since there were three daily shows which merged the Internet and the radio.

In addition, the new format wiped out seven and a half hours of public radio targeted at minorities. It also stopped broadcasting the three most popular shows on the public radio dial.

Further, it ended a folk music anthology show which had been broadcast for the better part of three decades.

And all in favor of, frankly, dead white males. Something’s not right.