Sunday, May 27, 2007

On vacation until June 4

I will be taking a break from this blog until the week of June 4. Please come back that week, when I hope to have some further responses from the letters that I've sent, and plan to begin writing more letters.

In the meantime, I encourage all of you to write letters to CBC Radio management, the House Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Bev Oda, Minister of Heritage, the CRTC, the Board of Governors of the CBC and your own Member of Parliament. You will find links to some of these individuals and organizations on the right hand side of this page.

Let's all work together to return the operation and conduct of CBC Radio to its shareholders, the taxpayers of Canada!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My friends. I'm writig today to admit defeat. Defeat at the hands of the Mothership. I was sitting in my car on the way home from work today, listening to another promo in the middle of Disk Drive when I came to this ephiphany. I finally realized that the CBC does not care about the listeners whom have tuned to Radio 2 and it's various incarnations over the past several years. The pleas, the petitions and the heartfelt e-mails that I've spent the past 2 months reading and writing, are falling on deaf ears. The 'Mothership' is going to do whatever it wants as it feels the dedicated listener of 20, 30, 40 years or more are irrelevant. Dumbing down the evening broadcasts, slashing the quality content from the daytime broadcasts all in the name of some elusive ratings grab are doing nothing to endear the corporation to it's dedicated listeners. So, my friends, I urge you to find another means to get your classical music fix. Find another method to satisfy your arts news jonesing. The CBC has no need for you anymore. To you the disenfranchised, the alienated listener, the classical music junkie that has no alternative but to turn to your own classical music library, or the hundreds of arts and entertainment podcasts, I have but one statement. As we tune our stations to Radio 1 or SRC, or NPR; as we download 'The Writers Almanac', or 'The Composers Datebook' or the 'Naxos, Classical Music Spotlight' from Itunes just remember that we are an extinct breed. The CBC has left us in an arts void and once we've all left the ship, and the remains of Canada Live and The Signal are in cinders, the question that remains for the CBC to answer is, 'How could we alienate our dedicated audience, without a plan to win them back again?'
I simply don't have the time, or the energy or the will to pour my soul into a meaningless cause to restore some dignity to a once wonderful voice of the arts community in this country. What will be the repercussions of the arts community not having a voice? How about reduced season ticket sales for symphony orchestras across the country. Local events such as the New Music Festival in Winnipeg, will go virtually unnoticed. No mass media for local theatre groups. It's only spring, and the new arts season is 4 months away. I shudder to think where I'm going to receive my arts news in the fall. I could go on, but as I write this final blog comment, my sadness grows. Change your dials people! The Radio 2 that we love is gone and Lord knows what is to become of the arts in Canada.