Tuesday, November 20, 2007

WETA/WGMS Listeners Demand Full Mahler! - Apparatus Throws Down Two Movements While Pan Cogito Demands Outside Audit Of So-Called Listeners' Choice!

Reactionary WETA/WGMS-FM, so-called public radio in the Nation's Capital, did not, in fact, program Mahler's Symphony #1 "The Titan", as they claimed that they would during their current "Listener's Choice" programming stunt. They did not honor their pledge to over 3000 voting listeners (sans Pan Cogito) to program "Listeners' Choice #66" -- Mahler's Symphony #1 "The Titan" -- as they said they would in their playlist for today, November 20, 2007:

8:06am: Symphony #1 "Titan"
Gustav Mahler [WETA/WGMS Listeners' Choice #66]
Cleveland Orchestra
Christoph von Dohnanyi (conductor)
[London 425.718]

Instead, they programmed one movement from Mahler's great youthful Symphony #1, from 1888, wedged between non-democratically chosen, status quo, single extracted movement WGMS legacy choices:

7:56am: Gustav III: Menuet
Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber
English Chamber Orchestra
Richard Bonynge (conductor)
[London 440.646]

8:13am: Oboe Concerto #2: First Movement
Franz Krommer
Alex Klein (oboe)
Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Paul Freeman (conductor)
[Cedille 90000.045]

On the ballot, WETA/WGMS offered the full Mahler Symphonies #1 and #5, and not single movements extracted from the Western classical music masterpieces. Please write to the FCC and demand truth-in-advertising by the out-of-control, unaccountable public radio station!

Similarly, listeners also demanded that reactionary WETA/WGMS-FM finally program Mahler's equally great Symphony #5. (More listeners chose Mahler's Symphony #5, than chose Mahler's Symphony #1 as one of their top 90 Western classical music masterpieces.) They did not vote for a single movement -- the lush Adagietto -- from the great Mahler Symphony #5; but for the full masterpiece.

However, despite promising to do so on their ballot, WETA/WGMS refuses to program full masterpieces which were not computer-based market-tested by WGMS and its staff of commercial marketers! Thus:

6:34pm: Adagietto from Symphony #5
Gustav Mahler
Simon Bolivar Youth Orch. Venezuela
Gustavo Dudamel (conductor)
[DG 0009837]

Please write to the President and CEO of WETA and demand that the WETA/WGMS voters' wishes, as indicated on the actual ballots, be honored! Demand that the President and CEO of WETA ask an outside panel of classical music, media, and democracy experts -- ones not associated with WETA or WGMS -- conduct a fair and unbiased investigation into ballot-tampering by the current WETA/WGMS programming regime.

Sharon Percy Rockefeller
President and CEO
2775 South Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22206
tel 703.998.2600
fax 703.998.3401

U.S. governmental and non-profit calls for rule of law, transparency, and lack of corruption worldwide should begin at home in the Northern Virginia Shirlington suburbs of the Nation's Capital.

Image credits: (c) www.thecartoonbank.com 2007. All rights reserved. Via Eric M. Uslaner "The Civil State: Trust, Polarization, and the Quality of State Government," forthcoming in Jeffrey Cohen, ed., Public Opinion in State Politics (Stanford University Press).


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