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NY Public Radio Community Advisory Board The NY Public Radio Community Advisory Board represents listeners of WNYC, WQXR, and wnyc.org, to the station and its Board of Trustees. New York Public Radio's Community Advisory Board (CAB) is an independent volunteer group of interested listeners who meet monthly to gather public comments and advise New York Public Radio's Board of Trustees as to whether the programming and policies meet the specialized educational and cultural needs of the community.

The CAB covers WNYC media outlets including WNYC-FM, WNYC-AM, WQXR and wnyc.org.

The CAB covers WNYC media outlets including WNYC-FM, WNYC-AM, WQXR and wnyc.org.

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Next Community Advisory Board Meeting:Wednesday, March 24th, 6 pmThe speaker at our March 24th meeting will be Andrew Go...
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: New York Public Radio Community Advisory Broad (CAB) Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Next Community Advisory Board Meeting:

Wednesday, March 24th, 6 pm

The speaker at our March 24th meeting will be Andrew Golis, Chief Content Officer at WNYC. He leads all content efforts - from editorial strategy and program development to the continued integration of digital and radio - across WNYC News, WNYC Radio, and WNYC Studios.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Mar 24, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: New York Public Radio Community Advisory Broad (CAB) Meeting

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Guest - Andrew Golis, Chief Content Officer at WNYC

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http://www.wnycstudios.org/story/aria-code-puccini-turandot-franco-corelli/Aria Code Season 3, Episode 1Reviewed by Marl...
Puccini's Turandot: Hope Never Sleeps | Aria Code | WNYC Studios


Aria Code
Season 3, Episode 1

Reviewed by Marlene Birnbaum, Community Advisory Board Vice-Chair

Season 3 of Aira Code kicked-off today with the aria “Nessum Dorma” from Puccini’s "Turndot," one of the most heroic and hopeful arias ever written. The guests who discuss the aria with host Rhiannon Giddens are, Yanick Nezet- Seguin, Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal, Anne Midgette, the former classical music critic for The Washington Post, and She and Dr. Michael Cho, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Nezet-Seguin loves the light, hope and uplifting melody of the aria rising above the darkness of the night.

Anne Midgette first heard the aria on a Book of the Month Club cassette tape in college. She loves the dramatic and climactic underdog declaration, at the end of the aira, “Vincerò” - “I will win.”

Dr. Cho likens the aria to the battle he faced nightly in the COVID ICU at his hospital to the battle Calif faced to win the Princess.

I hope you will listen to this episode of Aria Code and come away with a new meaning of the aria for yourself.

“Nessun Dorma” has long been opera’s crossover hit. But in the last year, it’s become something more -- an anthem of hope.



WNYC Studios WQXR The new and third season of Aria Code launches on March 10! Bigger and better than ever. If you are an opera connoisseur or opera curious, you can listen every other week for 18 episodes! Join us.

Review by Community Advisory Board member Stan Ince of the first episode of The Atlantic + WNYCStudios podcast "The Expe...
The Experiment: Episodes | WNYC Studios | Podcasts

Review by Community Advisory Board member Stan Ince of the first episode of The Atlantic + WNYCStudios podcast "The Experiment"

This month, WNYC Studios and The Atlantic launch a new weekly series, The Experiment. The show reminds us that the United States started as an experiment - a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, with liberty and justice for all - and reports on how that experiment is going. The first episode, titled The Loophole, gives a fascinating example of the work still to be done and asks why glitches in the system have not yet been fixed.

In 2005, elk hunter Mike Belderrain spotted the biggest bull he had ever seen. He shot and killed the trophy bull while standing 100 feet inside Yellowstone National Park. Mike had committed a serious federal crime, but in that small area of Idaho you could get away not only with hunting elk but, by the letter of the law, with murder.

Brian Kalt, a law professor of law at Michigan State University, found a 50 square mile “Zone of Death” where it would be unconstitutional to prosecute a murder because of a tiny mistake that Congress made. Professor Kalt requested Senator Enzi to fix the loophole but ultimately Senator Enzi instead committed “to evaluate the available solutions to determine what is practical and possible”.

Host Julia Longoria discusses with The Atlantic staffer, Ed Yong, the broader meaning of why this loophole has not been fixed despite widespread media attention. While basking in the self-proclaimed success of The Experiment, has the US become complacent?

Episode 2 and 3 are now available.

Does anyone have any comments/thoughts about this new podcast? The CAB would appreciate your feedback!

The Experiment is available at www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/experiment, or by subscribing via your podcast provider.

The Experiment: stories from an unfinished country. A new series from The Atlantic and WNYC Studios.


WQXR STAR (Salutes The ARTs)
Posted by Ed Yim

"When I arrived at WQXR in September, six months into a pandemic with no end in sight, I joined an organization that has seen generations of listeners through some of the toughest periods in New York’s history. And at a time when the city we love can feel so quiet and distant, the arts are transformative—offering us beauty, connection, and hope for the future. Here’s a message we received recently from a listener: “I am so very grateful for the comfort, peace, and stability that we need so badly to get through these challenging times. I am a sustaining member, and it's an investment not just in classical music, but also in sustaining the best of humanity."

At WQXR, we’re committed to making classical music accessible for our devoted audiences, and to welcoming new listeners to its many joys. But as we see it, our work extends beyond on-air programming—as fundamental as that will always be to our mission. As a public radio station, we have both the ability and the mandate to support the deep and dazzling arts ecosystem in our beloved New York and New Jersey area in this moment of crisis.

We all know that artists and cultural institutions face enormous operational and financial challenges right now. WQXR is, of course, facing many of the same challenges. But we also have the opportunity to support the classical music community with the resources we do have: our airwaves and our audience.

So, today we are announcing WQXR STAR (Salutes The ARts), an initiative to support artists and arts organizations in the greater New York area.

Project Airlift: Pre-pandemic, arts organizations were among WQXR’s biggest sponsors. Now, with stages dark, revenue from events has dwindled and marketing budgets have been cut. Starting this month, WQXR will provide complimentary on-air promotional spots to New York–based cultural nonprofits to help them connect with audiences, even while they cannot provide live programming.

Artist Propulsion Lab (APL): This year has been especially tough on individual musicians, so APL will raise direct grants for six early and mid-career New York–area musicians to create programming that we will distribute across our channels. These six members of Artist Propulsion Lab will be: violist Jordan Bak, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, flutist Brandon Patrick George, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, The Junction Trio (violinist Stefan Jackiw, cellist Jay Campbell, and pianist Conrad Tao),and pianist Orion Weiss.

Partnerships: WQXR has long been a home for great programming from New York City’s concert stages and performance venues. Even with live performance on hold, we’re excited to be able to continue to partner with them to bring stellar programming to our audiences—on-air and online. Upcoming programs include:

A third season of Aria Code, the critically-acclaimed podcast produced in partnership with the Metropolitan Opera. (March 10)
The 10th season of Carnegie Hall Live, featuring highlights from the first nine seasons as well as original material from the upcoming Voices of Hope (April)
A podcast of the Public Theater’s Romeo y Julieta, a bilingual adaptation of the Shakespearean classic, with Lupita N’yongo and Juan Castano in the starring roles. (March 18)
A special collaboration between WNYC’s New Sounds and Bang on A Can featuring a special edition of their online marathons. Spotlighting a series of commissioned works, New Sounds’ John Schaefer will co-host with the three founders of Bang on a Can, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon. (February 21)
New York in Concert: This April, we will bring back New York in Concert— a show we first launched in the early days of the pandemic to bring audiences the thrill of performances captured live on stage. The weekly radio program showcases recordings, archival performances, and newly-recorded material from partners including The Harlem Chamber Players, The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, 92nd Street Y, Gateways Music Festival, The Morgan Library and Museum, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Classical radio is an essential partner in cultivating discovery and developing audiences for this extraordinary music. We all depend on the musicians and organizations we love—large and small, emerging and established, legacy and new. And at this critical time, they are depending on us.

We know our efforts can’t fix all the challenges facing our cultural community. But by shining a brighter spotlight on the arts during the next few months while we look forward to the return of in-person performance, WQXR is committed to doing everything we can to keep our artists strong, and our culture vibrant. "

Posted by Ed Yim

http://www.wqxr.org/story/rundown-your-black-history-month-2021-programming-guide/General Programming Notes and Document...
The Rundown: Your Black History Month 2021 Programming Guide | WQXR Features | WQXR

General Programming Notes and Documentary Specials:
All month long, musical highlights for Black History Month will be featured during the days’ special programming:

Monday, Feb 1– Friday, Feb 5:
New at 2 — At 2 pm every day this week, take a midday break to explore some of our favorite new recordings featuring artists of African descent. Featuring Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Lara Downes, Florence Price, Errolyn Wallen, Will Liverman, and more.
Monday, Feb 1 at 9 pm
I,Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes
Thursday, Feb 4 at 9 pm:
Celebrating Black Artistry with Terrance McKnight: Margaret Bonds — Tonight, spend an hour with Terrance as he explores a few records featuring music by the 20th-century pianist and composer.
Friday, Feb 5 at 8 pm:
Date Night with Terrance McKnight: Fridays at 8 pm, join Terrance McKnight as he dives into music from one particular year. This week, 1864 with Louis Gottschalk and Jose White.
Monday, Feb 8 – Friday, Feb 12:
Your Morning Bach and Midday Mozart — Start your days at 7:30 am, and give it a pick-me-up at noon, as we take a listen to interpretations of J.S. Bach and Mozart by Black performers.
Tuesday, Feb 9 at 9 pm:
Still Swinging, Still Classic: A Musical Biography of Pioneering Pianist Hazel Scott
Thursday, Feb 11 at 9 pm:
Celebrating Black Artistry with Terrance McKnight: Robert Nathaniel Dett — Take some time to dive into the creative world of Canadian-American composer and educator Robert Nathaniel Dett
Friday, Feb 12 at 8 pm:
Date Night with Terrance McKnight: Fridays at 8 pm, join Terrance McKnight as he dives into music from one particular year. Tonight, 1934 with Duke Ellington, William L. Dawson, and James P. Johnson
Monday, Feb 15– Friday, Feb 19:
Score at Four: At 4 pm, The Score at Four celebrates the impact of Black artists in music for the screen.
Tuesday, Feb 16 at 9 pm
The Price of Admission: A Musical Biography of Florence Beatrice Price
Thursday, Feb 18 at 9 pm:
Celebrating Black Artistry with Terrance McKnight: George Walker — Terrance takes an hour to listen to the Pulitzer Prize winner and Lilacs composer.
Friday, Feb 19 at 8 pm:
Date Night with Terrance McKnight: Fridays at 8 pm, join Terrance McKnight as he dives into music from one particular year. This week, 1773 with Joseph Bologne.
Saturday, Feb 20 at 7 pm:
Leonard Bernstein's Black America
Tuesday, Feb 23 at 9 pm:
A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here's your resource to special programming, all month long.


Tanzina Vega to Expand to Hosting “The Takeaway” Five Days Per Week

You might know The Takeaway for its daily news-driven conversations with a distinct ‘bottom up’ approach––centering the lives of listeners and fundamental topic areas such as empathy, truth, race, wealth, and justice––and for convening conversation across social divides. Equipping audiences to participate in the American conversation, in the past year, the show has featured:
Reporting from the frontlines: The Takeaway featured perspectives from our public radio colleagues at Texas Public Radio, WHYY in Philadelphia, WLRN in Miami, WUNC in North Carolina, and Wisconsin Public Radio in the run-up to the 2020 election. The Takeaway has also presented clear, nuanced perspective on major news events, including after the breach of the U.S. capitol in January, directly from Minnesota following the killing of George Floyd, and illuminating the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on the fabric of society, from small business owners bracing for impact to the strain of remote learning;
Compelling discussions on news, business, and culture with key leaders and journalists: Dr. Anthony Fauci on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic amid the holiday season, former RNC chair Michael Steele on the future of the Republican party, Senator Cory Booker regarding the Supreme Court, and reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Atlantic; and,
Conversation about what affects us personally: from persevering through loneliness to mental health during this difficult time, The Takeaway holds a space for listeners to join an active dialogue.

Tanzina is also a sought after thought leader across the industry. She led a conversation about inclusivity in public media at PRPD, was invited to Nieman Lab to discuss diversity in journalism, moderated a discussion at the Public Media Women in Leadership conference, and for The New York Times authored a moving first-person essay about becoming a first-time mother during the pandemic.

This coming year, there’s so much ground to cover. We believe The Takeaway is an exceptional companion. The show will continue to cover the critical intersection of politics, power, class, and the threads connecting the movers and shakers to the moved and the shaken. Composed of a stellar, diverse production team based out of WNYC in New York, the broadcast will also continue to showcase essential voices and empower listeners on a daily basis. To close each week, on Fridays, Tanzina will be joined by political and cultural observers to focus on the latest national news through the lens of power––who has it, who is fighting for it, who abuses it, and who uses it for good––to explore how governance under a new administration in the White House is impacting everyday life.

The Takeaway also anticipates collaborating even more directly with stations in order to capture the full scope of news stories as they unfold nationwide.

If you’re considering picking up The Takeaway, or if you would like to learn more, please contact us.

With this update, we also note that the Friday program Politics with Amy Walter––produced by The Takeaway team since 2018––will conclude at the end of the month, with a final broadcast on February 26. Amy brought her highly trusted and discerning analysis to the airwaves during an unprecedented era in politics. Among other important topics, Politics with Amy Walter covered the surge in women running for Congress in 2018, including interviews with the first two Naval Academy graduates to be elected to Congress. The team did outstanding work during the unpredictable race for the 2020 Democratic nomination and the unprecedented challenge of holding an election during a pandemic. We send all of our gratitude to Amy. We will continue to follow her influential work at The Cook Political Report, on PBS NewsHour, and as a periodic guest with us on The Takeaway.


Morning Edition and All Things Considered Hosts

Announcement from Audrey Cooper
Editor in Chief
New York Public Radio: WNYC/Gothamist

I’m excited to announce that after a thoughtful search, we have found the next hosts for our flagship news programs: Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Michael Hill, an award-winning journalist and New Jersey native, will be the new voice of Morning Edition. Michael comes to us from New Jersey’s PBS station, NJTV/NJ Spotlight News, where he has worked as anchor, correspondent and multimedia journalist since 2014. He is also a fill-in host for PBS NewsHour Weekend and the host of Newark Today, a civic affairs show that airs on the legendary jazz station, WBGO. Before that, Michael hosted and reported the news in New Orleans, Dallas-Fort Worth, Baltimore and New York.

Michael was a 2018 National Fellow of the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism and produced a five-part series, “Trauma’s Tragedy and Treatment.” That year, he also received the Radio Public Affairs Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists for a broadcast featuring Newark’s four living elected mayors.

Michael is a consummate professional and prides himself in being a team player -- on occasion, he has acted as videographer for colleagues’ newsgathering. But my favorite part of Michael’s bio is the line that states: “Hill feels the truth is worth the pursuit.”

He will officially start on Monday, Feb. 8, and he’ll make his Morning Edition debut a few weeks later. As host, Michael will preside over New York City’s most listened-to morning drive radio show, and the daypart with WNYC’s largest audience. It’s a critical role, and I’m excited to introduce Michael to you and our listeners.

The new host of All Things Considered is someone you already know. Sean Carlson will take a permanent seat in the chair, which he has been helping to keep warm since Jami Floyd vacated it to launch and lead the new Race & Justice unit last fall. Since arriving at WNYC in 2015, Sean has been something of a Swiss Army knife of hosts: He has worked evenings, weekends, on the magazine shows, and as a fill-in on The Takeaway.

When WNYC moved most of its broadcast operations offsite last March due to the pandemic, Sean was one of a handful of staffers who stayed nearby, living in a hotel room with his cat and being on call nearly 24 hours a day to ensure the station could remain on the air. In an unthinkable crisis, we relied on Sean to bring our listeners the news and information they needed, always with his engaging, calm style. He was also part of a team that helped to cover Morning Edition in the wake of Richard Hake’s death.

His promotion is effective immediately.

Prior to joining WNYC, Sean worked as a host at WDDE in Dover, Delaware, and as a host and reporter at KRBD in Ketchikan, Alaska. Sean is also a New Jersey native, although he now lives in Brooklyn.

It took us a long time to get to these important choices. We must recognize the tremendous efforts of our other colleagues -- Kerry Nolan, Lance Luckey, Rebeca Ibarra, Julianne Welby, Yasmeen Khan, and Miyan Levenson -- who stepped up to host during these extraordinary times.

Most especially, I want to give special recognition to David Furst, who has been a regular host of Morning Edition for several months. He is an incomparable and unflappable colleague, and we could not have gotten through this period without his help. He deserves and has our deepest appreciation.


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I know this is a crazy time for everyone, but are you planning to accept 2020 Community Advisory Board Applicants?
Can I help you organize a fundraiser for singles over 45, a Sat. eve during American Oldies with Paul C.? I am a sustaining member. Thanks so much! best, Jan 😊
Where anywhere else on this planet do you get an Estonoian choir + Q***r Punk pioneers+ Guitar and perussion quartets (more than one !) + traditional Moroccan healing music on one page of a music broadcaste /streamer? NOWHERE except on WNYC curated by John Schaefer and crew. Your “sunset” is a crushing blow to music, musicians, music venues, artists and other who work at home and listen ALL DAY to news which means WE NEED our shot of music to as and antidote to the tall day bad news that is endemic to the trump years. - We need New Sounds at night. There is somthing special about the communal experience of learning somthing new together. We need the streams to let our minds go to new places while we work. We need SoundCheck, New Sounds Live, and New Sounds Radio. We need the gig alerts to know where to go to support live music in NYC and keep it growing and evolving. when we finally leave our studios. finish our jobs, have a night off . We can’t let you take this from us. You will hear from us during pledge week.
I have heard that WNYC plans to cancel New Sounds, or at least is considering it. I beg you to please keep this valuable cultural resource on the air. I have been listening to New Sounds for over 20 years. I can't imagine the number of hours I've spent being not only educated, but also COMFORTED by this program. I'm certain you've heard from many on the merits of New Sounds as an invaluable resource for cultural education, (and I completely agree!), but in these fraught times, I'd like to emphasize the value of the care and comfort that WNYC provides so many of us. This was true after 9/11, after Sandy, etc., and remains true on a daily basis these days. This comfort is needed! Countless nights I have climbed into bed at 11pm (or found myself on the road home from a late evening) and been so soothed by the wonderful music, music that I would hear nowhere else, and the sound of John Schaefer's voice, rich with friendship and inspiration. That I've continued to listen to innumerable of the pieces and artists discovered only here is a most significant aside in what I'm trying to get across, which is this: To hear someone with this scale of knowledge and enthusiasm about so very much music absolutely bursting to share it with me over the airwaves makes my heart soar and gives me faith that in an often dark and discouraging time in our culture, there is really hope. On these nights, I go to sleep with love in my heart and serenity in my soul. Please, please, please allow New Sounds to continue in its current slot on WNYC. Hopefully, Eric Hemion
To The Members of WNYC’s Community Advisory Board, I would like to start off by introducing myself. My name is Gregory K. Williams, and I am a freelance violist who performs throughout the New York Metropolitan region and beyond. I have been a longtime listener to WNYC, since I graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2008. When I first began listening, I was regularly tuned into John Schaefer’s Sound Check at 2 pm in the afternoon, when I would leave from a Long Island Catholic School where I used to teach. It was a welcomed breath of fresh air as a young musician, and a relief to my ears, and a chance to be inspired by some of NYC’s finest talent. John Schaefer’s approach to interviewing musicians, and describing their work was such that inspired me to shift much of my focus as a performer to newer music, with the long-term life goal of either being interviewed by John Schaefer, or having my work performed on his New Sounds at night (it hasn’t happened yet, but I am not ready to throw in the towel yet). It was John's fresh and vibrant approach to new music that helped to draw me to move to New York City in 2010, and begin my doctoral studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY in 2011. In between, I finished my doctorate in viola performance, teach viola at Queens College (where I have been for 8 years), and I am currently part of the Golden Williams Duo, a viola-cello duo with my wife focused mostly on music of the 20th and 21st centuries, along with several ensembles throughout the metropolitan area. I find WNYC on my car radio on a regular basis, when driving to students or gigs (switching to other NPR stations when I leave the range), and often partake in podcasts at home. I am regularly listening to New Sounds in the evening as I head home from late night rehearsals and performances, and John’s curation of music never ceases to amaze and inspire. I am often delighted to hear recordings and performances by colleagues and friends on his show, a sign that their hard work is being recognized, and shared with the world at large. I have been a donor to WNYC when I am able to afford it, and was hoping to resume donations during the next pledge drive. However, I am utterly dismayed and heartbroken that WNYC is even considering letting go of New Sounds, and John Schaefer, and will not make another contribution until I am reassured that he will be able to continue curating music on the air and online at WNYC. He is an incredibly valuable resource not only to the music community of New York, but to all of New York’s citizens! While WQXR is a great home to classical music, the new music component of WNYC contributed by John Schaefer and its team is what keeps your station on par with NPR affiliates such as WXXI in Rochester (which is what attracted me to Public Radio in the first place). I attended Wednesday night’s Community Advisory Board meeting, and was perplexed by Andrew Golis’s presentation, particularly when the messages about WNYC and NY Public Radio’s mission were mixed. While he spoke of a mission to share storytelling, I think he is missing the point that some storytelling comes from sounds, rather than words. The plans that he and Shannon Connolly were presenting were tone deaf. While yes, Dolly Parton has long been a great artist in her genre, she is a safe bet in a time when we need people to go out on musical limbs. For every cut and slash to the arts that WNYC and other cultural institutions make, President Trump sucks more oxygen out of our cultural environment, replacing it with an agenda fear, paranoia, and hatred. I thank all of you for volunteering your time to help steer WNYC and NY Public Radio to do right for the citizens of New York City and the world. At a time when the WNYC’s news team is doing such a fabulous job, it is imperative that they are balanced with an equally fabulous team of cultural figures, to help keep New Yorkers sane when the news itself is anything but. Please take the considerations of your listeners seriously. I hope that you will consider my pleas, as I was counting on enjoying John Schaefer’s curatorial work long into the future. Sincerely, Gregory K. Williams, 35 Active WNYC Listener Hoping to be a WNYC sustainer again, if you can help to change the plans of management
I’m writing to you to implore that you not cancel New Sounds or the New Sounds stream that replaced Q2. I’m a member and a frequent listener, and New Sounds is a big part of the reason why. This is programming that’s not available in other places. It’s programming that reminds me why I moved to New York, over 25 years ago. When I listen to Jonathan Schaefer, I’m reminded that there is a vibrant community of musicians making and consuming important work in an increasingly culturally homogeneous city. Here’s an additional story that illustrates why this programming is so important and so different. About 2 years ago, my wife had a brain injury that caused a painful ringing in her ears and hypersensitivity to sound. It took us months to find a specialist who could treat her. That treatment involved, in part, gradually reintroducing her to sounds which triggered her condition. This involved specialized hearing aids. But another recommendation she made was that we have music playing all the time and especially at night while we slept. One of the things that we discovered was that the New Sounds stream, actually helped her heal faster. The reason is that the great variety of different types frequencies and rhythms was exactly the kind of sound that she needed to hear to quiet the insufferable ringing in her ear. The point is not that New Sounds is a cure all. Her case was very rare. The point, is that New Sounds plays a variety of music and different types of music, that you can’t get elsewhere. It’s intimately tied to what made and continues to make this city great.
I started donating to WNYC back in 2004, $10 per month, which even though I was a daily drug user at the time, still seemed worth it, b/c of how the station and, in particular, New Sounds colored my daily life in Brooklyn. Sober now for a long time and living in Berlin, I've continued to donate up until yesterday, when I heard the news of New Sounds's cancellation. The press release was just disgusting in my eyes and really another nail in the coffin for what NYC was. When I got there everyone was telling me I was 5, 10 years too late, but it was still before iphones and it was a vibrant and thriving place. It still is, I'm sure, but it's hard to see that when it's a playground for the rich. Lehrer will still have a place in my heart, but I don't think WNYC needs my money anymore.
Dear CAB, Please see FB and Twitter #savenewsounds. You’ll find people from all over the country, and other countries writing in support of John Schaefer and New Sounds remaining on WNYC. We are musicians, artists and a large audience of New Sounds fans that John and his small crew have created and which WNYC benefits from. A number of us have canceled our memberships and a growing number will. Nowhere else can you find a pan genre mix, brilliantly curated like the combo of New Sounds and Soundcheck. The station is making a huge mistake, but there is time to rectify it. You can spare one hour a day for music programming on radio plus the live feed from the studio. I think you’ll find out we actually do pay for it. A former 20 year sustaining member.