The Boston public radio war I

From the Boston Globe – 12/18/2009

A new WCRB, and a shrinking classical dial

In a city passionate about classical music, a lot of listeners get their fill by catching the Boston Symphony Orchestra and other programming on the radio…

WGBH purchased WCRB this fall, and there is now significantly less classical music on the airwaves than before the sale. It’s also audible in a smaller listening range. So ironically, one group that has lost big in this saving of a classical music station is the classical listening audience itself. Read more...

’GBH takeover of ’CRB alters more than letters

From the Boston Globe

Classical station has new business model: support of donors

Boston is following a trend in radio that’s taking place in other cities across the nation: Its only 24-hour classical music station now depends on listeners — not advertisers — to keep it afloat. …

Boston is following a trend in radio that’s taking place in other cities across the nation: Its only 24-hour classical music station now depends on listeners – not advertisers – to keep it afloat.

Bob Baram Departs at 86

From the Boston Globe (excerpts) — 4/20/2005

Robert Baram was a journalistic jack-of-all-trades who wrote of life in the South during the early days of the civil rights movement, penned a syndicated column in Bay state politics in the 1950s and ’60s, and offered political commentary on WGBH-TV for many years.

“He was a giant,” said James Thistle, director of broadcast journalism at Boston University and former news director of at Boston channels 4, 5 and 7. Read more...