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Re: “Media Watch

Because of the shared tower arrangement with TV channel 6, the KUAT signal has always been subject to the whims of management. Sometime shortly after the arrival of John Kelley as station manager, changes were made to favor the anticipated growth of NPR news/talk programming on KUAZ's FM signal at 89.1...these changes, I suspect, came at the expense of the 90.5 classical music service. It should all be in the public file if anyone cares to look, which is doubtful. The idea would be to keep the service alive, if just barely, and still be able to tap the riches of the dying swan of a classical music audience. Why anyone would give under these circumstances is completely beyond me, but those legacy gifts can be handsome. I'd hate to think I was leaving something significant to an organization that would not be using it in the manner in which it was intended. My prediction is that one day, sooner than later, management will announce a format change in which 90.5 will keep a few token hours of classical music (probably pulled from the satellite) and use the remainder of air-time to duplicate it's news/talk format, which is what a lot of similar, university licensed operations across the country have been doing for some time now. I don't think anyone will care much, though. What's on your kids I-pod?

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Posted by RichardHetland on 09/06/2009 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Media Watch

Just wanted to add that Steve shouldn't really be to blame for the station sounding as bad as it does. He was just an unsupported grunt working for a team of incompetent, vision less, fearful and mean-spirited bullies who should get the credit. Number one is Jack Gibson, of course, but John Kelley and Ed Kesterson certainly deserve honorable mention, as long as we're at it. They're the ones who have used the choke hold bestowed upon them by the U of A to gut this community's classical music radio service. But they can't really be blamed, either. They're just mental pygmies incapable of original thought and can only mimic the work of other similarly empowered radio programming "gurus" around the country. The only reason we still have a 24 hour classical station in Tucson is because of the ten years that KUAT lags behind everyone else in the "business". Don't worry, it will go away soon. KUAT...where Beethoven meets the mental pygmies of the Sonoran desert...

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Posted by RichardHetland on 08/14/2009 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Media Watch

If you want to hear really good classical radio check out what's going on at Portland's, a shining example of what can happen when true commitment and passion for the music is an organizational underlying principle. Too bad that concept wasn't grabbed onto and developed over the years at KUAT. Tucson deserves so much more than it's ever gotten from that very, very cynical division of the U of A. Truly a shame.

Posted by RichardHetland on 05/30/2009 at 1:33 PM

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