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Subject: Re: WHRB MINUS DAVID ELLIOTT
From: Mura Kievman <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mura Kievman <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:52:52 -0500
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Same situation at Columbia University's radio station.  They do opera 
on weekend nights (Saturday, I think but am not positive) and most of 
the announcers obviously know very little.  Every once in a while the 
announcer is very knowledgeable but that's as often as a black swan 
passes by ...

Mura




At 11:05 AM 2/19/2018, you wrote:
>Yes.
>
>But this is a college radio station, and this happens on college 
>radio stations. I spent a
>semester of my freshman year in college doing classical DJ work, and 
>I know that some
>of the other kids doing the same didn't know their Van Cliburn from 
>their Von Beethoven,
>lol, and were given no guidance on how to prepare anything. The only 
>training anyone got
>was in how to operate the equipment, and the advice to avoid dead 
>air at all costs. ;-)
>
>WERS (Emerson's station) has had a very popular Broadway music show 
>for many many
>years, still running, called "Standing Room Only." The original host 
>was the real deal - a
>student who was a classic musical theatre geek in the best sense - 
>somehow he was able
>to keep doing the show for years past his official time as a student 
>- until someone
>decided that wasn't fair, and he got kicked off. Since then, the job 
>has been primarily
>given to students only (though at one point, an adult friend of mine 
>did get the gig for a
>while - I guess they had no interested students at the time?). Some 
>of the students have
>been musical theatre majors, but some have not. And when it's not, 
>the results have
>been wildly variable - sometimes as bad as what Ray describes below. 
>Oh, the mangling
>of names, from Mandy "Paddikin" to "Jool" Styne to "Lay Miserablays" 
>etc...but again, at
>least in former days, there was most likely no impetus to do any 
>prep or research.
>Though of course there were many listeners who would assumedly call 
>in to give the host
>corrections, lol. (No, I never did, really. But I sure wanted to sometimes...)
>
>But it's not just the kids, of course. The venerable old Ron Della 
>Chiesa over on WGBH
>has his share of head-scratching gaffes as well (despite constantly 
>touting all his trips to
>Italy, his Italian pronunciations on-air can be atrocious). Or 
>sometimes he over-reaches,
>like when any performance of the many settings of the requiem (by 
>any nationality of
>composer) gets called the "Ray-quiem." Drives me up the wall. There 
>was also the time
>that he announced a recording of a piece by, I thought, Laurie Anderson (the
>performance/pop artist) in conjunction with the BSO, which I thought 
>sounded like an
>interesting idea - but it turned out he meant LEROY Anderson...;-)
>
>
>
>On Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:59:11 -0500, RAYMOND GOUIN <[log in to unmask]>
>wrote:
>
> >Tonight was the standard WHRB Sunday Night At The Opera.  The 
> opera being broadcast
>was Boris Godunov.  The sweet young thing serving as announcer (WHRB 
>calls them
>"DJs" and claims to have 125 of them) was so ignorant about opera 
>that she didn't know
>that Boris has a prologue.  She also took so little time (anytime 
>???) to prep for her
>evening's work, that when she gave the synopsis as to what happens 
>at the start of the
>opera, she advised that the opera opens in Pimen's 
>Cell.  Fortunately, that was followed
>by the playing of the Prologue.
> >
> >
> >Regretfully, that is the state of opera on WHRB when David Elliott 
> is not around.
> >
> >
> >And there has been far worse.  My favorite is the Sunday Night At 
> The Opera announcer
>waxing poetically as to how great Caruso's voice remained even late 
>in his recording
>career as witnessed in the 1926 Caruso recordings he had just played 
>-- amazing
>preservation indeed, considering that Caruso died in 1921!
> >
> >
> >Also note the decades long near total absence of opera during the 
> Orgy periods.
> >
> >
> >I am not the only one to have noticed the above, witness the 
> following comment
>published at Harvard a few years ago:
> >
> >
> >"I appreciate the richness of WHRB's classical offerings, but I am 
> distressed that its DJs
>seem never to have heard of half the composers and performers on the 
>playlist, or to
>have read the jewel case before playing the piece. How else to 
>explain the mangling of so
>many European names, the hesitations as of a person afraid of the 
>microphone, and the
>fumbling gaps, found especially before the "brought to you on a XXX 
>compact disc"?
>Surely Harvard has some DJs who actually know classical music? I 
>cringe at the end of
>many pieces, and delight in both the fluency of the WCRB DJs and the 
>vitality of ERS's
>young people. Musical literacy, please, HRB!"
> >
> >
> >We can be grateful for the many things that Elliott has brought to 
> Harvard Radio -- in
>particular his saving of the Met Saturday afternoon broadcasts for 
>Boston after the
>whores who took over WCRB following the death of that station's 
>founder cancelled them
>--  but opera is a throw away for him when he is not on the air.  So 
>enjoy Elliott for so
>long as he decides to continue broadcasting, for there will be no 
>successor at WHRB to
>follow him.
> >
> >
> >Best from Boston.
> >
> >Ray Gouin (former broadcaster)
> >
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