Free streaming of recent Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood concerts will be available on the BSO’s website beginning with Tuesday’s 2 p.m. stream of the BSO playing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Mendelssohn’s Overture and Incidental Music to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Bernard Haitink….
The streaming, which can be heard atwww.bso.org/mediacenter, is offered in partnership with Classical New England (99.5 FM), a service of WGBH. Streams will be online at the BSO site for up a year after the initial concert.
If you had your radio dialed to 89.7 FM most any weeknight over the past three decades, you probably heard the mellifluous baritone of Eric Jackson intone that signature phrase. This week Jackson, 61, celebrates 30 years hosting his jazz program, “Eric in the Evening” (changed a couple of years ago to “Jazz on WGBH With Eric Jackson’’), with events tomorrow and Friday at Scullers and Arlington’s Regent Theatre, respectively.
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Public radio not only wants taxpayer dollars to back it up. One local station manager also wants a monopoly….
Any business would be happy if its rivals disappeared. But those wishes run up against an economic reality called capitalism. Competition is its core underpinning. It leads to fierce fights everywhere, especially in the world of Boston media….
Some listeners are apparently gravitating to WBUR’s new rival because WGBH is offering more local programming, including talk shows. That’s not a bad development. It illustrates how starved the Boston area audience is for serious, news-driven conversation about important local issues. Competition only helps their cause.
WBUR-FM 90.9 has long been a Boston Goliath, with a news-and-talk schedule that’s been a model for public radio nationwide.
But now it appears that thousands of listeners are leaving WBUR and tuning into WGBH-FM 89.7, which last year replaced music programs with news and talk shows very much like WBUR’s — sometimes running the same National Public Radio shows at the same time. …
Since January 2010, when WGBH changed formats, to this past January, the WGBH audience grew by 16,000 listeners, or 6 percent, to 269,000 people, according to the Arbitron ratings service.