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Re: “A unionized WBEZ begins to take shape

I'm surprised there are no comments on this article. I have questions: how is the search for a new CEO going? Is the board essentially the same people who provided um, oversight during the reign of Malatia?

Vocalo. I can't even.

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Posted by Vera Prima on 01/31/2014 at 11:47 PM

Re: “A different direction for WBEZ

I doubt it's the financial collapse as much as underwriters beginning to understand that they're throwing money down a hole. The station has been hemorrhaging cash since (at least) the inception of Vocalo, a pricey experiment that is well past the point of being declared a failure.

But according to the big guy, we listeners just don't know what we want. I saw Malatia speak at an event for my professional organization. His presentation was replete with the corporate-speak bloviation about "innovators," of which Torey is one, apparently. According to him, anyway. During the Q&A, he was asked about his decision to gut the music programming at WBEZ, specifically the jazz. According to him, most listeners don't really like jazz, but they were offended by the way WBEZ treated people who like jazz. He fled before anyone could bring up Vocalo.

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Posted by Vera Prima on 06/16/2013 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Concentrated poverty and homicide in Chicago

You COULD reduce all-over city violence by moving populations to subsidized housing in say, Edison Park, but that ain't gonna happen. Just ask the residents of formerly low-crime Chatham or Skokie about the downsides of absorbing large numbers of section 8 tenants.

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Posted by Vera Prima on 08/04/2012 at 1:39 PM

Re: “One big Blagojevich blamefest

That anecdote from 2002 about "them" already knowing Blago was crazy should tell you everything you need to know about why we voters were led like lambs to the slaughterhouse. Where the HELL was the Chicago Press why this kind of info was being discussed openly in political circles back then? Are you so timid you can't at least drop us a hint that this guy was apeshit nuts? A reporter friend of mine told me AFTER the election that it was common knowledge that Blago used to be a runner for a mob bookie. Why, that's news you can use. The reporting on the loggerheads between the governor and Mike Madigan were reported in the vaguest and most inappropriately impartial language. It was impossible for us readers to figure out what was going on. Fuck you, Chicago "media." No wonder I get most of my political news (gossip) off of blogs, now.

Posted by Vera Prima on 07/14/2011 at 9:01 PM

Re: “The Bloomingdale Trail: Urban Oasis or Devil's Playground?

Back in the 90s, I lived in the first floor of a converted factory building in Wicker Park. Yeah, having people fighting over a bottle of malt liquor two feet outside your bedroom window is a drag. But the cops could actually see the fools and get to them to arrest them. Developing the Bloomington Trail, and providing access will make it less desirable for criminal behavior. The NYC High Line is a good example: it's too popular to be appealing to bad elements.

Posted by Vera Prima on 08/15/2009 at 11:43 AM

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