I’ve been listening to KCRW today, and more importantly to their fund drive. The last pitch they delivered was to “take control” of “your station” which entails, of course, giving them money and then not paying attention to what they do with it.
Oh yeah I feel the power of ownership there, baby!
Public radio personalities will say anything and everything during fund drives, so one oughtn’t read too much into this… but they’ve repeated variations on the same argument all morning. KCRW is member-supported, not member-run. I gave them money last year and it most certainly did not bring me the chance to vote for an additional transmitter in Altadena or a statutory limit on the amount of Air that can be played in a week (I like Air, but really!) or even station board members a la the Pacifica model.
I hate seeing people innocently suggest that opening one’s wallet is the same thing as being active and creative and in control of the universe. Stupid capitalism.