11 thoughts on “Follow Our Weekend Program Changes!

  1. Frank Burns says:

    I love the changes! Saturday and Sunday mornings are perfect for listening to classical music with no talking. I never liked the From the Top program on Saturday mornings and the Carolina Live program had music that was not classical.

  2. Lisa Gray says:

    Frank – Thanks for listening AND for the feedback – keep it coming!

  3. John Champion says:

    By and large I favor the changes. I am disappointed that when I tuned in at 9:00 Sunday night I had already missed an hour of Tom Burge’s program. I don’t know how I missed the change but Tom’s take on programming is fun and I look forward to what he has to offer each week. For some reason I haven’t yet understood, his presentation of unfamiliar music just adds to my enjoyment of his show.

    That’s not to say I dislike anyone else’s, it’s just his is the perfect ending to the weekend.

  4. Lisa Gray says:

    Thanks, John – glad you approve of the changes and of Tom’s show!

  5. Dr. Don says:

    I am unhappy about the loss of an hour of Pipedreams. Why? Too costly to carry the program when you can get some local guy to spin records cheaper? Also I don’t like the security feature on your site being a commercial for some ad agency.

  6. Timothy Moe says:

    What happened to Symphony Cast on Sunday afternoons? Too expensive? It was my favorite program apart from Performance Today, and I looked forward to that every week.

  7. James Lowery says:

    I too am unhappy about the cutting of pipe dreams down to 1 hour. I have felt for a long time that the station in general chooses to ignor the organ. The only organ music you hear played is when the organ is playing with an orchestra. Even pieces written for the organ are only played in their orchestated version. Seems like “classical radio” should be “classical orchestra radio”. There is so much fine organ music that has been written that could enhance the listening experience.

  8. I really feel for you, Mr. Lowery, and regret causing you disappointment. A few commentators have asked whether these moves were made because of expense, but that’s really not the motivating factor. The simple reason is to maximize the amount of listening we have as much as possible across our schedule.

    The fact is that organ music, along with choral music, opera and several other genres, appeal to much smaller segments of the audience than instrumental classical music. Listener feedback and audience research bears this out. We can see from monthly surveys that the audience drops when Pipedreams comes on.

    So in an effort to minimize this effect, we decided to scale back the program to one hour, an option provided by the program’s producers. Why do we need to maximize listening? Because we depend on it for our membership support, our underwriting support, and for the relatively small grant we get from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. As long as we’re entrusted with a valuable public signal, we have an obligation to use it to serve as many listeners as possible, and not reserve it exclusively for a chosen few.

    But we also recognize that we have an obligation as an all-classical service to present the broadest possible range of classical music, and that’s why we continue to commit schedule time to not only Pipedreams and organ music, but also choral music, opera and live concert performances.

    It’s inevitable that the balance of these various elements doesn’t please all the people all the time; that’s the nature of a mass medium such as broadcasting. The best we can hope for is to try to balance the realities of the medium with our sincere desire to fulfill our mission.

    As program director I appreciate all the comments, both pro and con, about these changes, as well as your continued listening.

  9. Frank Burns says:

    One idea that would allow for two hours of Pipe Dreams is to eliminate the “From the Top” program. Does anybody actually listen to that program? Maybe its just me, but I have no interest in hearing youth performers telling cute little stories about their family. The focus should be on the music not the performers.

  10. AnnWatkins says:

    “From the Top” is one of the few WDAV offerings that really appeals to my12-yr old son. He actually perks up and actively starts listening when this one is on air…specifically because the featured performers are teenagers & young adults, have cute or funny stories to tell, are real kids – not just weird little classical music geeks, and have talent worth showcasing. My son is no musical prodigy and plays trumpet in his middle school band just for fun…but he does appreciate these talented kids and the entertaining format of this show!

  11. Frank Burns says:

    Well there is one listener who perks up. Personally I shut the radio off during that program. Its my preference to listen to the music only. I don’t want to know anything about the musicians. I’m for less talk, more music.

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