Pledge To Call WABE And Ask… May I Have Some Better Programming, Please M’aam?

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So WABE’s Fall Pledge Drive has begun. Thus I’m listening to Neal Boortz… for as long as I can take it, which should be about as long as I can take Pledge Drive blather. Then it’s on to Voice of the Arts 1690 WMLB, but that wonderful station is owned by Joe Weber, who taketh away with the other hand by polluting our AM airwaves daily with ‘wingnut, hate-monger shows on his other station, AM 1160 – Atlanta News Talk.

What’s a morning radio gal gonna do? Listen to Radio Paradise on the Internets is what I’m gonna go do. But in the meantime, please join the Facebook Group 6 Hours A Day = 6 Too Many to support a call-out to (again… public radio) WABE for more diverse public programming in the morning. Six hours a day of only classical is just way too damn much classical.

Tips and tricks for what to do and what to say when you call in to WABE during pledge drive are here. And pasted below. From an anonymous WABE insider:

After Morning Edition goes off the air and we start broadcasting classical music, our listenership numbers go into the toilet. But, ironically, it is these loyal few listeners who support the station. And in a BIG way. Unfortunately, until people start being more vocal with their demand for more news/current affairs programming, and making sure the management realizes the money attached, things will not change. Not supporting the station is the wrong thing to do. When pledge comes up, call in and donate–but donate a SMALL amount, even if just a few dollars. Be sure to say that if your voice was heard, and there was more news (local and NPR), you would gladly give more. Believe me, if even just a handful of people do this, the highers-up will take note.

We all do what we can. Right? Right.

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3 responses »

  1. Can we keep the ridiculous crazy Gothic haunted house pipe organ music they play at night? Not that I listen to it, but it’s kinda funny to hear when you set your radio alarm in the morning.

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  2. Huh? Getting rid of Classical music would be _reducing_ diversity on Atlanta’s airwaves. Name another local broadcast station with 100% midday classical programming.

    I like the classical music. And as mentioned in the original posting above, I pay for it.

    I don’t want to hear yammering politicized crud in the mornings – the airwaves are already full of it. If I want that kind of entertainment, I can listen the the whole spectrum — from that venomous whackjob guy on 920, to Boortz on WSB to Pacifica News on WRFG (viva la revolucion), to the UFO report at night on 640.

    Since you listen to stations on teh Internets, you can listen to the alternate NPR web feeds streaming on WABE’s own site. Or Maryland Public Radio, or, Bog help us, Georgia Public Radio.

    Just because I can’t stand contemporary Country or HipHop doesn’t mean I want those formats off the air. Getting rid of Classical on WABE would kill one of the few remaining unique voices in Atlanta.

    (And if WMLB solicited donations, I’d send them a check, too)

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