Dear WGBH: This. Totally. Blows. (III)

So it’s 12:10 am and the hardworking staff is listening to some opera thing on Classical New England 99.5 FM and trying to write and it’s JUST NOT RIGHT.

(Before you Cosi fan tutteniks get all lathered up, it’s not opera that’s the problem. The hardworking staff just isn’t cultured enough to appreciate it.)

What we’d appreciate is the return of Jazz with Bob Parlocha to 89.7 FM (and yes, we’re sorry we ever called him Bob Tapioca).

But that’s not gonna happen, is it?

So the hardworking staff is officially switching to the webstream of TSF JAZZ, which we listen to with the Missus when we’re in Paris.

Au revoir, terrestrial radio.

We hate to leave you, but we have to go.

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5 Responses to Dear WGBH: This. Totally. Blows. (III)

  1. Laurence Glavin says:

    A glance at the WCRB playlist starting very late Thursday night and extending thru midnight and beyond indicates that the musical offering at that time was Gustave Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” (“Song of the Earth”). Definitely NOT an opera but a setting for soloists and full and I mean full symphony orchestra of poems by a German author Hans Bethge (I didn’t memorize this; just got it from Wikipedia, but I’m familiar with the piece anyway). The key sentence in your complaint is your desire to “listen” AND write at the same time. Great classical music doesn’t work that way. It requires and often rewards undistracted attention, and may I mention that WCRB (or the outside source that provides their music at that hour) really, REALLY presents GREAT music at that hour. Not all classical music is GREAT in upper-case letters. It’s a human endeavor so it varies in quality but lower-case great music is interesting too. WCRB played Franz Schubert’s delightful Second Symphony a while ago, a piece written during his yute and filled with vim and vigah, and well worth having around thank you.

  2. Bob Gardner says:

    You might try a podcast if you want to keep it local. My favorite is Angelynn Grant’s Coffeetime on WMBR.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      I used to get that one, Bob, but they stopped delivering it in October. Then I go one this week. I dunno what the heck is going on.

  3. Michael Pahre says:

    I am lathered up. Expand your horizons to include classical.

    If not, then you need to learn about online radio so you can get your Ornette fix.

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