Folks, I really thought I would have to time to write something longer today but as you can well imagine it has been madness.Tomorrow I will write you all a tale of the last six years and what may lie ahead. Tomorrow, also, I will be on Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast to discuss this situation. Tony Brandon will also be on giving his reasons for this situation. Thank you all so much for your outpouring of support. Just a thought for tonight. This is not about Marc Steiner but really about the future of public radio. I am merely a public image of much deeper issue.Talk to you all tomorrow.Thanks Marc Links to some of the coverage

Folks, I really thought I would have to time to write something longer today but as you can well imagine it has been madness.Tomorrow I will write you all a tale of the last six years and what may lie ahead. Tomorrow, also, I will be on Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast to discuss this situation. Tony Brandon will also be on giving his reasons for this situation. Thank you all so much for your outpouring of support. Just a thought for tonight. This is not about Marc Steiner but really about the future of public radio. I am merely a public image of much deeper issue.Talk to you all tomorrow.Thanks


Links to some of the coverage

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  1. Jo says:

    We love you and what you did for all those years.
    But I’m sure I speak for most of us that we are appalled at the way it all went down. It just isn’t the station we thought it was.
    We believe in public radio and always thought is was
    W MY PR. We are saddened that this is so obviously not true.
    It is as if they moved you out in a Mayflower moving van in the middle of the night.(Not that Tony or Barbara get that reference)
    Keep us posted.

  2. Ron Counsell says:

    It’s partly about the future of public radio, but it’s also about you because you represent a possible future, and the absence of you represents another possible future.

    Any Steiner listener knows how varied your programs have been. Any Steiner listener knows how good an interviewer you are, and these things are good, but the irreplaceable thing about your concept is that you tackle really big issues, topics you know very well you can’t possible cover well in one hour. You do the best you and your panelists can do in one program, but we can count on you to come back three weeks later or a month later and fill in another part of the discussion. I appreciate the individual programs, but what really matters is the way you have kept after things over the longer term. This is the reason I have learned so much from you.

    Maryland Mornings is nice, the Signal is nice, I have no idea what ratings these programs have. Nice as they are, they don’t make a difference the way the Steiner Show did, and will do again. They don’t matter as much, and I’d put that in all capitals, except that readers would think I was screaming. And they can’t matter in that way, because that is not their goal, and it isn’t their job.

    So, yeah, this is about the future of public radio.

    What’s your point?

  3. Phil and Deb says:

    We do indeed realize that this is about public radio, but since you have been the embodiment of public radio in Baltimore for so long, it’s hard not to feel great hurt for you as a result of the low-class way this outfit seems to conduct its business.
    Taking some time to travel sounds like a great Rx. Have a blast – you deserve it.

  4. Bud Reinecke says:


    Unbelievable that the lemon heads pulling the strings released you. Are they truly out of their minds…AH…yes. Well, in very short order they will realize what a foolish ego filled sensless decision they’ve made.

    Best wishes to you!

  5. About 20 of us were in front of WYPR from 12-1pm – as we will be each day this week at the same time – protesting Marc’s firing. The Sun and The Examiner covered us.

    We are asking that people do three things: demand Marc be re-hired back in his same time slot, stop contributions to WYPR until Marc is re-hired and demand that Tony Brandon be fired. Please join us. This is the time to show what Marc Steiner means to all of us. This is the time to make WYPR’s management live up to what’s on the front of the building – “YOUR NPR News Station.” It doesn’t say “the Board of Director’s NPR News Station, not does it say “Tony Brandon’s NPR News Station.

    This is not just the obvious ideological/political differences with station management/ Tony Brandon, it’s the corporatization of media and the increasing corporatization of NPR. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting was almost destroyed in a right-wing coup a couple of years ago, but it is not the same as it once was and the neo-cons have been after the CPB and NPR for years. There are many powerful conservative groups who will not rest until they have completely taken over NPR to represent their interests, leaving we the ordinary people out in the cold. What happened to Marc is that coming home to roost at WYPR. Tony Brandon and the Board do NOT own WYPR – the community owns it. And the community demands that Mac Steiner be re-hired.

    Please join us every day this week in front of WYPR at 2216 N. Charles St. – from 12-1pm.

  6. Stacy Kidd says:

    I essentially grew up listening to you, Marc! You are the embodiment of Free Speech… thanks for all you’ve done for the citizens of this state…

    WYPR won’t get another $ from our family!

  7. Ray Iturralde says:

    My profound feelings for you and Val. Hang in there, Such a waste! Such a possibly fatal blunder Brandon and the board made. Don’t know if I still want to volunteer at WYPR.
    I still remember 2 years ago the day I after I lost my job and walked Freckles in a sour mood mid day and met you walking Charlie at WP. You sensed my feelings and let me talk about it. Best, you gave me confidence I could find a job soon. Got a job by end of the week!
    Well, the whole world’s open to you now; you’ll have a hard time choosing offers. You can easily be a Ted Koppel or Mike Wallace, even better.
    Do take time off & travel…you’ve earned it.
    I will definitely listen to you tomorrow..be strong!
    Hope to see you some time.

  8. Zeb Snyder says:

    Thanks for everything, Marc. I’m sorry things went down this way. I started listening to you shortly after the 2000 election. I listened to you just about every day from November 2000 until leaving my work-from-home job to attend the University of Baltimore school of law (which has me in class from 12-2 most days) about a year and a half ago. I was even a “dollar a day” member at one point, until I could no longer fit it into the budget. I’ve kept up with the show via podcasts since then. I’ve learned so much about Baltimore and Maryland in general since I began listening. I owe you an enormous debt of gratitude for informing me about what is going on in the community in a way that no other media outlet really does. Most outlets cover Annapolis or City Hall, but you covered the people. Perhaps I am cynical, but I doubt your replacement will be able to that half as well.

    Here’s hoping you find yourself behind a microphone soon. I’ve already sent an e-mail to another public radio station here in town, 89.7 WTMD at Towson University, urging them to alter their all-music format to offer you a show. I think it would be great for the community to have you back on the air, a great opportunity for the University to become more engaged with that community, and a great opportunity for you to keep doing what you do so well.

    I can dream, anyway.

    Best wishes from a loyal listener,

    Zeb Snyder
    Towson, MD

  9. Percy says:


    Whatever I can do, please let me know. I think that your purpose is bigger than WYPR. As this door closes, don’t lose sight of the one that is opening behind you.

  10. Carl says:


    Justice Talking and Inside Maryland Politics were great segments and great ideas. We’ll look for your vision wherever it takes you.

    Shame on WYPR.

  11. I have always maintained that control of the public will not be through government, but through corporations manipulating the information that is fed to the public.

    I’m angry and I believe that this is the one of the many moves “corporate partners” will make to ensure that the public recieves only one side of the story.

    I’m a long time listener and resident of the city of Baltimore. This is truly a bad decision that will result in bias coverage on issues that effect city residents.

  12. chris says:

    Reinstate Marc NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. wont_get_to_call_in? says:

    This is a shame. I work 9-5 in owings mills so I have to catch your podcasts since the signal isn’t quite strong enough to reach my desk. (Wonder if they count podcast subscribers for the ratings?). You’re the reason why I listened to WYPR and may be the reason I stop. Great show. Thank you.

  14. Lois G. Hybl says:

    I just wanted you to have a copy of my comments to Mr. Brandon.

    Dear Mr. Brandon,

    I was really upset to learn about the cancellation of the Steiner show.
    It is one of the shows I most look forward to each day when I am able to
    listen in the car or while doing housework.

    I contribute to WYPR-FM because of its coverage of local issues and
    politics in addition to the opportunity to hear many NPR programs. I
    believe that one of public radio’s most important contributions is to
    prick my conscience–sort of like church. I may not always agree or it
    may be uncomfortable, but it is enlightening.

    As a retiree, I can’t contribute much beyond my membership, but I have
    given more generously to NPR than to any other public stations I support
    because of the local and state coverage and programs like Marc
    Steiner’s. I may have to reconsider my level of support.

    I don’t know how these ratings are researched.

    Please reconsider.
    Lois G. Hybl

  15. Nelson Allen says:

    Based on the interview with Mr. Brandon this morning he complains that the Steiner show should have the same ratings profile as the nationally syndicated shows that lead and follow the Steiner show. That is just not the way it works…A Listeners to the Steiner show are doing something very critical in their day… eating it’s a testament that the show had such good rating during this general down time of the day. B. Local news Current events does not sell as much as national stuff.
    Just check with WMAR local news ratings vs. ABC Evening News, I’m sure WMAR would Kill for the same ratings that Charlie Gibson gets it just won’t happen and Mr. Brandon just doesn’t get it!

    Best of Luck to you

  16. Stef says:

    Wow – I am crestfallen today as the news of your no longer having your show on npr sinks in. Perhaps it’s the same for you. I just can”t imagine not hearing your wonderful voice. Oh, boy … this is tough, terrible…

    But, you know what? I think one reported was right on with the comment – you are Charlie Rose quality, Larry King quality. No matter WHAT your show was about, it was ALWAYS extremely interesting and usually just as entertaining. I hope broadcasters all across the country are hearing you are now free and will be clamoring to pick you up. With the administration about to change in the White House (I hope) what we desparately need are really good, fair, and civil talk show hosts! I will be looking for you on the waves !

    OK, now I’m going send a rant to npr…

  17. chris says:

    Could The Marc Steiner be better ?

    Of course.

    Did The Marc Steiner provide a essentisl community
    service ?

    You bet.

    Chris in Bel Air

  18. Joy Henderson says:

    I can’t believe they can do this to you!! You are the heart and soul of WYPR as well as the voice of the local people. Mr. Brandon is comparing your ratings to nationally syndicated shows, that’s not fair. Your program is what the ” public” in public radio means. Your show embodies the concerns of Baltimore and Maryland the rest of the day’s schedule offers national coverage. What other show will bring the leaders of this community together to offer an intelligent forum to discuss the issues as well as including the outside listeners opinions?
    Mr. Brandon does not understand who the public airwaves were meant to represent, he is treating this station as a corporation. No more money from me.

  19. Pete Stine says:

    Glad to see that Steiner’s army is mobilizing to have their voices heard. I too will be dropping Mr. Brandon a note to let him know that he is making the wrong move.
    I hope you’ll consider your own podcast so that your fans don’t go through withdrawal. I can only imagine what Jerry in Pikesville is feeling!
    Thanks for all of your hard work and quality programming.
    Keep on truckin’,

  20. Roger says:


    Thanks for all the great shows, WYPR lost me as a listener on Fridays when they put up a show that never made any sense to me- I wonder how your ratings compared to that one?

    In any case, this Tony Brandon has lost sight of what a 501(c)(3) corporation is all about- NON profit, not a ratings chaser!!

    Please investigate WTMD for a possible show, or start a Pacifica Radio station here in Maryland, then we could also get excellent programs like Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now.

    WYPR has gone corporate, their content is now homogenized to meet the needs of Wal-Mart and the other fat-cat corporations that underwrite Tony Brandon’s huge salary.

    The Maryland airwaves are truly poorer with your absence, I hope that you will find another broadcast outlet in our area.


    Roger from Hampstead

  21. Robert Bruce says:

    A copy of my email to Mr. Brandon this morning:

    Mr. Brandon,

    I read the newspaper accounts and listened to both sides on WYPR this morning before writing. I also read your letter explaining why you made “program changes”. Do you realize you didn’t even mention his name or state what you are replacing it with? I find your defense pure hog wash. There is not even a patina of truth in it.

    It looks like the corporate bookkeepers have won again. The Steiner Show was your only locally produced, audience participation show. It was also the only one addressing real issues, local, state and national. Look at who Steiner had on– people involved in the issues discussed, not paid talking heads. Look at who phoned in— people from all walks of life with all points of view. Steiner was always even handed and respectful. The discussions led to a better understanding of the problem.

    II assume Marc Steiner is a difficult personality for you to work with, but he was your face to the community and clearly dedicated to the community he served. You should have at most cut him to a single hour if you really deemed his show beyond repair, a categorization I do not accept. His show was your community service. Most of the rest of your local shows offers pablum for old boomer yuppies.

    You have lost my support.

  22. Gretchen says:

    I am deeply saddened to hear this news! I’ve been a fan of your show for the past 8 years, and look forward to listening during my lunch break as often as possible!

    You’re an amazing interviewer. I’ve always been impressed by the way you handle difficult topics, callers, etc – always cool under fire. Your show explores topics that are so important to life in Baltimore, as well as the world at large, and I appreciate how you always follow up at a future date when the conversation needs to keep going.

    I wish you great luck in the future, but I don’t know what we’re going to do without the Marc Steiner Show!

    Thanks for everything,
    Gretchen in Mt. Washington

  23. Aaron says:

    I’m so mad at the moment I can barely type.

  24. Aaron says:

    Hey, look what I found on the “About WYPR” page.

    “Notice to the Public: Board of Directors Meeting
    Your Public Radio Corporation will hold a Board of Directors meeting on March 12, 2008 at 3pm. Please call WYPR at (410) 235-1660 if you would like to attend.”

  25. Morita says:

    Here’s what I just sent to wypr.org:

    I just listened to both Marc Steiner and Tony Brandon on your show, and the differences in the way each man answered the questions put to him demonstrates precisely why Mr. Steiner must remain. Mr. Steiner gave direct, factual, straightforward answers, and spoke about why public radio is different from commercial radio. Mr. Brandon spoke only as a manager interested in ratings and money, and completely ignored the question of why Mr. Steiner was so suddenly blindsided. Mr. Steiner spoke of WYPR’s duty to the public. Mr. Brandon spoke of investors and fiduciary duties.

    There are plenty of commercial stations who produce ratings-generating fluff. I believe public radio has a unique mission to inform the public. Even on WYPR, Mr. Steiner is unique in his ability to lead thoughtful, meaty and totally professional dialogs on a wide variety of national, state and local topics. These are topics which inform and actively involve citizens.

    Important political topics don’t even get debated on ratings-oriented radio. Instead, ideologues on both sides pump up their audiences – and their ratings – by ranting on narrow, hot-button issues. We the public deserve better, and Mr. Steiner gives it to us. Mr. Steiner has an astonishing knowledge of a wide variety of topics, and leads detailed, on-point discussions with guests on both sides of each topic. The results are sometimes eye-opening and always thought-provoking.

    Finally, the “thoughtful consideration” supposedly given to Mr. Steiner’s firing apparently didn’t include talking with him, and Mr. Brandon’s letter on wypr.com refuses to even mention Mr. Steiner’s name. This behavior and others as discussed in The Sun are disturbing and unworthy of public radio.

    I have no desire to continue supporting a public radio station that ignores its responsibilities to the public and to its most devoted and capable employees.

  26. Sharon in Remington says:

    Sorry about your cancellation Marc, but this is the ned point when a company like Bonneville takes over a community-oriented radio station.

    I knew something was up when they made the move to expand the signal across the state. I wondered how one station could serve the needs of an entire state. Well now I know. Just slot in nothing but syndicated NPR programming and chuck the local news content.

    It’s truly maddening because yours was the only local talk show that was not dominated by the prevailing conservative talk model that dominates the AM dial. Then again, this is just par for the course for a media consolidator like Bonneville. They’ve once again created a radio monoculture.

    You’ve lost a supporter.

  27. Sarah Landon says:

    I didn’t hear the interview with Brandon but wote him the following e-mail today but comapring local rating to national rating – ridiculous argument…

    Dear Mr. Brandon,

    I am sorry I missed your interview on WYPR this morning. I am not responding to that interview but rather to the announcement that the Marc Steiner Show has been abruptly cancelled that I read about on Saturday morning and my reaction to that decision.

    I am your average WYPR listener and an avid one at that. WYPR is on virtually 24 hours a day at home -even my dogs and cat are listeners. I began listening to public radio over 25 years ago and I have been a Steiner listener and supporter since his first week on the air. I support WYPR financially when I can and volunteer for fund drives and other events when I can. In fact, I was feeling guilty because I haven’t contributed since my credit card was stolen some time ago and I changed the account number without informing WYPR. When the e-mail from Deborah Davis arrived in my in-box a few weeks ago informing us of the February fund drive, I planned to volunteer for the drive and make my pledge at the same time.

    Now I regret to inform you that the manner in which you have handled the departure of Marc Steiner without any regard to the feelings and opinions of a significant percentage of your listening audience means that I can no long support WYPR with my time or money. In fact, I will encourage my many friends and the business owners I support to do the same.

    You have robbed us of an amazing and important resource – someone I considered the ‘soul’ of WYPR – and I find this decision and the way you and the board handled the matter absolutely unforgivable.

    I am sure you believe you’ve made the right decision for WYPR.

    Only time will tell.

    In the meantime, I will be listening to WAMU.


    Sarah Landon

  28. Dawn says:

    I want to share part of an email that my husband sent to WYPR this morning. We have both been loyal listeners AND supporters of W Y PR for a long time.

    No more:

    I simply cannot support a station that is guided by the smarmy, self-serving likes of Tony Brandon, who so clearly worships at the moneyed corporate altar at
    the expense of community interest. I see now that even your web page says it all so clearly. The font shouting “GORDON-FEINBLATT” is twice the size of the station logo that so ironically says “YOUR NPR News Station”. Were it my station, it wouldn’t have corporate banners at all. It’s evident that it’s no
    longer “mine”. It’s yours, and given what it’s becoming, you can keep it.

    It’s ironic that only last night I voluntarily contacted Debora Davis to increase my regular contribution to WYPR. I’ll be contacting her again today to
    tell her, on the contrary, to cancel my monthly donations.

    Mark Steiner, in my opinion, was the most visible sign that WYPR possessed at least a modicum of Public Interest. Mark’s shows were always topical,
    interesting, informative, and entertaining.
    Mark Steiner was the only reason I put up with your lousily-managed signal on the west side of town. Your engineer evidently has never heard of the
    introduction of time delays in signals broadcast from different points in order to avoid the echo echo that that was was always always present present
    everywhere everywhere from from Catonsville Catonsville to to Frederick Frederick. My reception of WPFW is much better, and they are a genuinely
    interesting, community-oriented station.

    When I hear that Mr. Feinblatt, I mean Mr. Brandon, has been fired, my interest in your station may be re-kindled. In the mean time, please take me off of your
    mailing list. My attention and support are moving to another station.

  29. Gordon says:

    The Board of Directors would obviously prefer lighter fare to boost ratings and revenue, but they go against the communities’ long term interests and welfare.

    The real issue here is not Marc and his show. It is the inability of big money on non profit boards to represent the interests of the people that they are supposed to serve – us the public.

    It also demonstrates their inability to be honest and transparent. Fortunately, the internet is the perfect media for making them face their responsibilities. This episode brings to light not Marc’s flaws, but the board’s flaws. I urge everyone to attend the Board meeting and seek a more enlightened Board, more fully in tune with our needs. Certainly Baltimore has talented people that understand what is required and understand what it means to be upfront with the community.

  30. Cindy Schwartz says:

    I am dishartened to learn that WYPR has cancelled your show and let you go. As the Executive Director of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters I know how important it is for citizens to have a forum where they can educate themselves about issues. You always presented your listeners with balanced views and rich content and above all you were fair.

    I particularly appreciated your attention to the environmental issues facing our state. At this time when we are facing such enourmous challenges that could affect generations to come we need the kinds of discussions that you raised.

    WYPR has done Maryland and the Baltimore region a great disservice – I am disappointed.

  31. Megan says:

    My kids, my husband, and I are all going to miss your show. It’s hard to know what to do now — I feel like we’ve lost our public radio station, that wypr is just another corporate station, another mouthpiece for the wealthy and powerful. I don’t know. Maybe podcasting can begin to fill the gap — we’re all the public, we should all find ways to speak truth to power. Could we really all show up at the Board Meeting? That would be something.

  32. Tim Niblett says:

    I don’t understand what happened.
    The idea that this move is ratings driven does not make sense for Public Radio. Your programming could be top 40 pop music (mixed with jokes and foolish dialog) if ratings were your goal. I thought it was about community and information. The Marc Steiner Show has been the heart and soul of WYPR since it’s beginning. To loose it is a huge mistake for the station and a tragic loss for our community. Can this be fixed?

    Tim Niblett

  33. Kristi Cory says:

    Mr. Steiner was my reason for listening to the radio in the afternoon. His show inspired me on many levels. He is the most intelligent and candid individual on the air anywhere in the country. I have voiced my opinions through phone calls and emails to those at WYPR. He has a lifelong supporter in me and my husband regardless of what happens in the future! Thank you for your time and intellect.

  34. Chris - R says:


    Everyone loves what you do for Baltimore – we really miss the show, already.

    I swear, I won’t ever listen to WYPR again – I can’t believe how poorly they acted in how they let you go.

    Best wishes to you –

  35. Mark Baldwin says:

    I was shocked when I heard the news. I am an avid podcaster and listener. When I came to Baltimore City 5 years ago to work in the foster care system I was so thrilled to discover a voice on the airwaves that spoke to the true needs of this so often neglected group. 3 years later, when I went to work in an AIDS clinic, again, I was touched when Marc had doctors on who I had worked with to talk about this terrible plight in our city. Marc’s voice was one that provided a megaphone to those who would otherwise be ignored. I have never been as inspired as I was when Marc had members of “The Algebra Project” on the show to talk about the struggles they faced. Marc helped to shape my perspective of the world at a time when I was very disillusioned given my experiences with the underprivileged. Though he would have no way of knowing it, Marc injected optimism into my worldview during a time in my life where all around me I was seeing poverty, disease, and violence. Marc was a light in a dark city. To think that he is being removed because of ratings is a scary thought. I guess these issues just don’t sell in an America that is becoming more and more corporate. Baltimore City has lost its voice and it is a sad, sad day. Thank you so much, Marc, for all you have done. You will be truly missed.


    Mark Baldwin

  36. Alena says:

    Hi Marc,

    So pissed to hear you are not going to be on the air at WYPR! You had the best talk show on the radio, and I was always learning new things about a place that I have lived all my life. I wish you well with your future projects, and hopefully I will hear your show again on the air… somewhere.

  37. Adrienne says:

    Dear Marc Steiner,

    As a full-time student I was an only infrequent listener of your show but I always regretted not being able to listen more. I was able to benefit, however, from your community presence at events like the Public Education panel at this year’s Baltimore Book Festival and it is clear that you have a keen sense of important issues in this community and nationally. I am dismayed that WYPR made the decision that it did and hope that your voice (literal & metaphorical) will continue to have an outlet.


  38. Michael says:

    I find the the “letter from the president” of WYPR (http://www.wypr.org/PresLetter.html) telling. He repeatedly emphasizes the station’s commitment to “community discussion”. Then he concludes with an assurance that programs like “Morning Edition, The Diane Rehm Show, Car Talk, This American Life, and many others will not be affected at all.” Despite the lipservice, there is not one mention of any of the programing WYPR has (used to have?) that makes it unique and might actually foster community discussion.

    I think the president is a bit out of touch with the listenership.

  39. FJ says:

    My letter to T Braden.

    The only thing WYPR had going for it beyond WAMU was Marc Steiner. The signal isn’t as good and the major programs of which you are so proud are the same. My setting on the dial is moving to 88.5.

    You have ripped out the heart and soul of WYPR. I predict that those responsible will also be looking for new stations at which to ply their trade in not too long. This was a terrible mistake.

  40. Radius says:

    OK. Here goes:

    This recent development, the cancellation of Marc Steiner’s show from WYPR, appears to be one of several symptoms Baltimore suffers from in recent years. I’m worried.

    As a transplant having lived here only since 1983, I would never claim to be able to fully define Baltimore’s identity, but I can say that the trends I see are disappointing and a departure from what drew me here at first.

    Baltimore’s trends certainly echo those that exist in many major cities. The list is longer than this: greed leading to excessive gaps in resources between the wealthy and the poor; gentrification of existing communities along with the creation of make-believe ones (C’Mon! Live near real working artists at Clipper Mill! Just don’t feed them, they’re on a special diet.); redevelopment of waterfronts with restricted access to the public.

    The public. That’s what’s missing. It seems that we, as the public, matter a lot less than we did 25 years ago. Tony Brandon speaks about ratings for Marc Steiner’s show not being high enough to justify continuing. But I’d like to know what sample of what part of the listening audience has generated these “ratings”. Are the ratings generated by the public? Is there a breakdown available showing who supports WYPR and if we’ve had a say in Marc’s “ratings”? Does most of the money come from corporate sponsership, or do individual members represent a significant portion of the revenue for the station?

    If the former is the case, which is my suspicion since the rest of us are squeezed trying to make ends meet, then it only makes sense that things have gone this way. We probably should have seen this coming from the top of the pyramid the first time we heard an NPR feed sponsored by Wal Mart. Or perhaps the advent of satellite radio that you pay for ahead of time should have been a clue. Even that medium, as slick and convenient as it seems, creates the illusion of power in the hands of the listener in much the same way cable TV does for the viewer, otherwise we would be able to pay, a al carte, for what we want to hear.

    If the model of listener sponsored radio is dying a slow death, or dead already, I fear what will come next. If it’s dead at WYPR, but not dead elsewhere, as I hope it isn’t, then I would propose that Marc might consider tapping into the Pacifica network as an option. I’ll certainly be throwing my support to WPFW at this point since WYPR no longer values my meager, grassroots financial contribution, nor do they appear willing to support quality local programming as art for its intrinsic value, over it’s value to sponsors. I must say this makes me curious about the kind of art that is on the walls, or music in the stereos, if any, of those who had a key part in this recent decision.

    Are the people who are making the decisions afraid of healthy discourse? Do they bristle at a little conflict? Are they looking for a sure thing? What’s the explanation? I hope Marc will find a way to bring it back to the airwaves at a radio staion or some other medium that I can feel good about supporting.

    Kind regards,

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