Minnesota Pedestrian Radio

Here’s an interesting post about Minnesota Public Radio, the 500-pound gorilla of public radio. One Dale Connelly was let go recently, and the comments following this post on their site itself tell it all:

I will miss Dale Connelly and am sad that this format didn’t work with MPR. Dale did a great service to local and folk artists and allowed listeners radio access to their music in an unique venue to. I am always sorry and sad when niches like this become unsustainable. Yes, we move on but we lose something too.

And this:

Just one more shameful act on the part of a clueless management. There are so many substandard announcers/music hosts and broadcasters who should be let go and they choose to eliminate the best?????? Probably because his salary was too high. Why not fire Garrison, who is old and doddering? We don’t plan on supporting a station that treats the best of the best in this way. And we hope Dale finds another venue to share his wonderful skills and wit. When he does we’ll be there.


MPR has indeed become mainstream. MPR, as in: Mainstream, Predictable, Routine. MPR, as in: Mundane, Pedestrian, Regressive. First In the Loop. Now Dale Connelly. By sending rare, inventive and quirky programming to Siberia (aka: the web), and demanding Orwellian audience standards that cannot be met, MPR reveals its true self, that of an impersonal media conglomerate. This is not your mother’s MPR but an emerging Clear Channel of public broadcasting, a hydra headquartered in Minnesota. Doesn’t that make us all just proud? How ironic that critics claim MPR content skews liberal when the company itself becomes increasingly corporate, its public face at odds with its internal practice. “In the public interest.” Yes indeed. How long is the public going to keep buying this b.s.?

The big guys are also dumping talent in the guise of economizing. At least they tried to honor Dale a bit before shoving him out the door, unlike at other stations where they couldn’t dump their locals fast enough — and with the utmost subterfuge . . .


One Response

  1. Of course public broadcasting is NOT liberal. That’s a persistently-spoken ploy by the political far right-wing who are frustrated that they do not control it. One only needs to examine the make-up of the governing boards of stations and the management of stations, and to examine how it must raise money, and from whom, to continue operating. Liberals whine about how the corporations control what liberals like to berate but don’t support. Member support, on average, of a public station is about 7% of all those who listen/view/use its services. Why would the public expect to have any say in the services? In America, if you want to control anything you must fund it. That also goes for your members of congress and all other politicians. This was brought to you as a public service by a quiet observer.

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