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MAINE, Dale W. “Letter to the Editor”, Hartford Courant

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MAINE, Dale W. “Letter to the Editor”, Hartford Courant - Clearing the Static on College Radio After...
Clearing the Static on College Radio After reading Paul F. Pizzo's Aug. 16 letter about college radio, I thought I could correct some of his misconcep- i tions ( Trend in Campus Radio Stations"). ' Pizzo does not realize . that college radio .stations are not student: toys but licensed broad-Casters, just like Connecticut Public' Radio. They are mandated to serve their communities of license; they do not get political because noncommercial stations aren't allowed to editorialize. . A great emphasis is placed on public affairs programming. Commercial stations can't afford to air prime-time public affairs shows, so these college stations put forth their best efforts to inform the public. The topics may be controversial, but hardly "highly political, narirow-interest." . Pizzo's major concern seems to be the audience and dollars that college stations receive from potential Connecticut Public Radio listeners. Unfortunately, college radio has not diluted public radio's audience in Connecticut; it is the other way around. The college stations have been on the air providing consistent classical, ethnic music, public affairs and jazz programming since long before Connecticut Public Radio began. Finally, it may be true that the flow of disc jockeys from college radio to commercial radio may have slowed; indeed, I hope so. It shows not a disillusionment on the part of students toward their college stations, but a disillusionment with commercial radio. After spending four years at a college station with high public service values and a variety of programming, it is difficult to enter the commercial radio world of open programming for money and playing only the few songs that sell. Dale W. Maine Wethersfield

Clipped from Hartford Courant, 21 Aug 1983, Sun,  Page 29

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Hartford Courant
(Hartford, Connecticut)
21 Aug 1983, Sun  • Page 29