I'm a former Detroit-area folk music lover. Matt Watroba's show was an essential part of my public radio listening experience.
What seems to be the reasoning behind the desire to keep listeners tuned in "longer"? It's not as if we will hear more advertisements or anything!
While I like the "varied, mixed" style of radio, I also appreciate and hunt for folk, bluegrass, old-time, and Celtic shows. How many of those DJs left at WDET do you suppose will play ANY folk music?
Oh, and WDET also dropped The Arkansas Traveler, another fine show.
I sure hope Matt finds another way to do a show. Maybe one of the Ann Arbor-area public radio stations will pick him up!
Only if they're smart...
Former Ann Arborite
The day the music died, so sad, it is all about the money.
oh well... at least we'll always have folk alley!
Seems like some areas are getting folk, like Boston, with U. Mass WUMB. My folk show was dumped from U. Of Vermont WRUV. I had done a great job for them in summer and they had no excuse. Many times with college and public stations its prejudice, but more often just INCOMPETENCE.
Just remember this during WDET's next pledge drive, and send the money to Folk Alley instead.
Maistream music wants the Britney Spears-like-ghostwriter- with no-creativity-crap... Who wants that? I am here to say that not all College students want to hear that musak (intentionally spelled that way), and Folk should be brought back. I personally do not want to hear adverts myself. Mainstream music is way to distracting and frankly is without content, character, substance, and creativity.....Bring back folk...please
The same thing happened in the Dallas, Tx area in the late 90's. The sad part is not only do you lose a source of good music but you also lose a source of new sounds. I, personally, found that I didn't buy as many new recordings after losing my inspiration. I have since moved to Lincoln, Ne and have a local station of long standing that understands the importance of good radio. Long live KZUM!
Great news! Matt Watroba's show, "Folks Like Us" has been picked up by WDET's neighbor to the west, Ypsilanti's WEMU!
That's surely good for the folkies in southeast Michigan. Now to get someone to pick up "The Arkansas Traveler".
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