The Met’s Radio Broadcasts May Be A Casualty Of The James Levine Mess

It was inevitable that the wave of sexual harassment allegations that have swept the country in recent months would eventually wash up on the shore of classical music’s small but mighty island.  And for anyone with connections to people in the performance business, it was not surprising that the first major figure to be caught in the rip current is James Levine, a man whose artistic genius was always darkened by rumors of sexual deviance and a penchant for young boys.  If Harvey Weinstein’s horridness in Hollywood was considered a semi-open secret, … Continue Reading

Combating Kitsch and Insincerity

I’ve been listening to both regular programming and fund drives on a number of classical stations over the last several months, and after a while I began to notice a pattern.  Hosts tend to open up in a big way when they’re paired with other people.  They set aside all those preconceived ideas of what they should sound like as a classical radio host and began to talk like normal people.  The act of asking someone for money uses a different part of your social skills – you’re forced to put yourself … Continue Reading

Classical Radio’s Personnel Problem: Get New Talent In The Door!

In my previous post, I laid out a quasi-apocalyptic vision for the bleak future of classical radio.  Or at least raised some minor concerns.  Now it’s time to think about solutions to those concerns. At the heart of the issue is making the case that classical radio can be a fun, rewarding, and financially stable career.  Finding the money to make this happen is the biggest concern, and I’ll get to that eventually.   But another part of the problem lies with content and staffing choices already being made that, at best, … Continue Reading

Classical Radio Doesn’t Have an Audience Problem. It Has a Personnel Problem

As I continue to reflect on the results of Classical Music Rising’s workforce survey, CMR is busy working on new endeavors; most recently, “Classical Spark” has been a valuable resource for stations to get back to basic radio fundamentals of self-identification, branding, and forward promotion.  It’s easy to forget these fundamentals, and Classical Spark project leader Craig Curtis has an excellent outline you can read here.  I don’t think it needs much analysis or explanation.  It’s a document that every station should read and implement if they aren’t following similar practices already. … Continue Reading

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