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Unfit for WFMT 

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To the editors:

I have read with great interest and appreciation your in-depth articles about WFMT. I also cherish WNIB, even the dogs! Life without a classical music station is drab and worthless.

Friendliness is not the problem with Jay Andres [Hot Type, March 15]. His complete lack of knowledge of classical music is not appropriate for a DJ at WFMT. What reception would I get on WEFM if I announced a Beatles song and then played a New Age selection? CDs usually contain more than one piece. Mr. Andres would play a CD and announce the title showed first on the cover. When he first joined WFMT classical music lovers, ever hopeful, would phone him, telling him what he was really playing, and how to discover this. Mr. Andres would deny that he had erred and continue as though the name of the piece on the radio was not really important. His pronunciation of foreign titles and composers did improve during his stay at the station, but his choice of music (semi-classical, musicals, and other "easy listening" selections), his opinion that afternoon listeners didn't have patience for pieces longer than 10-12 minutes--what about symphonies, octets, quartets, all the wonderful chamber music that WFMT audience expects?--declare him unfit for WFMT, as well as WNIB.

Pete Dominowski's leaving is cause for jubilation. His total contempt for people who truly enjoy classical music, plays, and other enriching features on radio was disgusting. I don't think he even believes we exist!

Those who listen to other stations may be used to canned jingles with loud drums beating and people yelling about what one should buy. WFMT listeners were not used to being screamed at, to the accompaniment of junk music, and most of us turn the station, or our ears, off during the new type of commercials.

Folksy Jay Andres undoubtedly has a large following, and belongs at a station whose audience is more interested in a superficially personal touch than in accuracy and good taste.

As for Antlitz's "unforgiving audience"; if we wanted trash we could turn the dial to almost any other AM or FM station and get shovelsful. Surely this area of the United States can afford two radio stations serving the needs of the large percentage of citizenry dedicated to the proposition that radio programs do not have to cater to the lowest common denominator. Turn your dial and it seems almost that the same piece is being played from station to station, some louder than others, perhaps.

Ruth Lazar

Evanston

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