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Pauline L WETA Radio may drop classical music (69* d) RE: WETA Radio may drop classical music 06 Jun 06


Oh, no. More bad news. I like to listen to classical music, so when WETA stopped playing it, I switched to WBJC, a Baltimore station. WBJC's signal is rather weak, so I've been listening to the station online. I tried to listen a few minutes ago, and I found this at WBJC's website:

In the past, WBJC offered on-line streaming at no cost to the station. The trade agreement with our on-line provider enabled WBJC to offer this free service to the few people who listened to the station through their computers. Due to the sale of our on-line provider, this trade agreement has now been terminated. WBJC would now be obliged to pay a minimum of ten thousand dollars annually for a service which we were formerly able to provide gratis. WBJC now must consider whether it is worth this substantial expense to provide on-line service for so few people. The on-line universe of listeners numbers around 250 people versus the broadcast universe of 200,000 listeners. Meanwhile, the station will continue to search for a trade agreement with another on-line provider, but until one is found, streaming will no longer be available.

Outrageous! "The on-line universe of listeners numbers around 250 people..." This does not make sense to me. Does some policymaker believe that only 250 people listen to WBJC online? What can we do to get classical music back?

(I still can't get over having no noncommercial classical music station in our nation's capitol. Buenos Aires has four, two of which are on 24/7.)


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