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2 responses to “RIPR’s acquisition of WUMD will kill vibrant local programming say critics”

  1. salgal

    WUMD is trillions of light years ahead of RIPR and the whole NPR gestalt which has lost it’s way and it’s mission. Increasingly corporate donors are influencing content and bias in public radio in the NPR family and if some would argue that is absolutely not the case, then the people making programming decisions have a fairly pedestrian idea of what real community radio should sound like.


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  2. cailin rua

    This is rotten. WUMD has some really good programming. Dario Borim’s Brazilliance is a treasure. There is nothing like it around here. Adam Lawrence’s State of a Queer nation is an important public affairs program and his radio show that comes on after is a good one as well.

    With the loss of Dick Pleasants on WGBH on Saturday afternoons there was a void but it is filled by the Roots and Branches show. Ed Slota’s Citibeat is the best local contmporary rock show in the area. The jazz shows help fill the void after WGBH dumped Ron Della Chiesa.

    You can’t get Democracy Now or Counter Spin on the NPR stations. WGBH has been reduced to incessant chatter from their monolithic news organization who’s funding comes from this long list of corporate interests and the hegemonic foundations that were founded by robber barons or the last Gilded Age:

    It seems NPR is going for a regional black out of independent, genuine listener funded stations. One wonders how soon it will be before they go after URI’s fine radio station which makes Brown University’s WBRU seem like a bad joke.

    There aren’t the good Classical music programs that one used to find on WGBH anymore, the ones with Robert J Lurtsema and Richard Knisely or like the Classical Gals show on Thursdays on WRIU or the contemporary classical shows offered by MIT’s WUMB, on WUMD which is unfortunate but they do provide alternatives to the monolithic fare presented throughout the region. WGBH bought WCRIB which is a radio station that used to exist solely for the purpose of advertising BMWs and Mercedes Benzes and which seems to confine it’s programming to the Baroque era so that it sounds like an incessant introduction to William F Buckley’s Firing LIne.

    I think it’s well past time to stop NPR from trying to monopolize the so called non commercial market. And, there is no music on RINPR. Who needs them?

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