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Re: “Torey Malatia leaves WBEZ

I don't think NPR needs more tax money. Instead, they need corporate donations to go back up, and for their listeners to send more money their way. The small amount of tax support they get now gives many people the impression that the organization is in the pocket of the federal government, and that colors the way people view NPR's news coverage.

Vocalo sure was a mistake. I hope the next person in charge of WBEZ will listen to the board members, staff, and listeners about what people actually want to hear on the station, and take steps to make Chicago Public Radio more financially secure, so it can continue to be my favorite radio station in the Windy City.

At least some WBEZ staff members were unhappy with the changes Malatia made, for what it's worth, and I sent a message about my concerns to the station via email, but did not receive an uncanned reply.

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Posted by Blue Heron on 07/29/2013 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Torey Malatia leaves WBEZ

I'm glad Malatia's gone, and hope the station will recover from the bad decisions he made while he was in charge.

I'm not a fan of "Q," but that's because the host sounds smug, not that the show originates out of Canada.

The music programming probably isn't coming back, because back when WBEZ aired it, listener numbers dropped dramatically when the music came on at night. I don't fault Malatia for dropping the evening jazz programming, but I wish he would've found a way to air some of it on a dedicated show (not just segments on "The Morning Shift") on weekend days.

"Fresh Air" is my favorite NPR program. "This American Life" is very compelling sometimes. Tavis Smiley seems too in-your-face for public radio. I like "The Afternoon Shift," but I miss how "Eight-Forty-Eight" was set up, and I thought Malatia made an awful host.

Just my two cents.

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Posted by Blue Heron on 07/29/2013 at 11:43 AM

Re: “WBEZ's spring ad campaign: You've come a long way, babies

A waste of WBEZ supporters' money.

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Posted by Blue Heron on 02/19/2013 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Anatomy of a heroin ring

I wonder if those street memorials perpetuate the cycle of violence. People see them, and it reminds them of their desire for vengeance, maybe.

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Posted by Blue Heron on 02/18/2013 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Introducing your new Chicago Reader

Please list the Readings & Talks events by date, rather than in alphabetical order.

Posted by Blue Heron on 05/05/2011 at 4:15 PM

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