Unpacking the Classical Workforce Survey: A Few Additional Thoughts

Classical Music Rising’s Workforce Survey, which I blogged about here and wrote about more extensively in Current, has already been making waves in the classical radio community.  To recap ever so briefly, the survey shows that over half of classical radio personnel are white men over 50.  Station leaders anonymously quoted in the survey are concerned about this for two main reasons: a) a looming talent vacuum and the potential for the classical format to be eliminated from their stations when older classical announcers retire or die, and b) older staff are … Continue Reading

Classical Music Rising’s Workforce Report is Out – The Results are Unsettling and Unsurprising

A little over a year ago, the announcement was made by Station Resource Group (SRG) that the Classical Music Rising initiative had been formed, and the search was on for a project director who would lead representatives from participating stations in working groups that would help set the course for classical music radio in the coming years.   Classical Music Rising is now in full swing, and one of its first big reports has just been compiled: a survey of the classical music radio workforce in the United States.  This is something I … Continue Reading

We are More Important Than Ever

It’s been a long time since I posted anything on this blog, and for that I apologize.  In the past six months, I’ve resumed a daily airshift, plus I’ve absorbed the duties of the music library assistant, making blogging less of an option.  The events of the last 24 hours, however, spurred me to write something brief. The next few years are going to be incredibly trying times for a lot of people.  But as I told my listeners this morning: no matter how high or how low we feel, music has … Continue Reading

Big News Out Of New York This Morning

  New York’s WQXR is a leading radio station in the classical music world, so when they make big changes, people tend to notice.  This morning marked the beginning of a big shift when it comes to the organization’s content and the delivery of that content. On a video conference call early this morning, Graham Parker, general manager of WQXR, announced the addition of a new online streaming service, Qamilton (pronounced “KWAM-ilton”).  “Q2 has been a successful digital content venture for us in recent years, and we’ve been looking to add additional specialized … Continue Reading

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