Comments: National Propaganda Radio: " Until recently, one could tune in to most any program,

English, MF! Do you speak it?

Posted by bgarrett at March 16, 2017 3:32 PM

I have a friend who has worked in commercial radio, and also for Minnesota Public Radio, or MPR. He said the first time he walked around in the MPR headquarters in St Paul he was stunned. Walnut paneling, thick, luxurious carpet, and the equipment: absolutely top of the line, latest, greatest, and lots of it. The lowest intern gets a comfortable cubicle; stars get nice offices.

Compare to a typical commercial station, built in the 1950s and not much updated since. Top-rated hosts might get a desk, but not much else. Some equipment over 50 years old, including key transmitter equipment.

Of course MPR had Garrison Keillor, and A Prairie Home Companion. Our avuncular, taxpayer-subsidized Bard of the Prairie made a crapload of money in part by selling cute PHC merch, and also by charging other public radio units a lot for the right to broadcast the show. Keillor made a lot, and so did MPR, and its execs.

And they still come whining to the legislature for more money. MPR owns about 35 transmitters across the state. Oh, they'll say that the legislative subsidy is small, really! Just a few percent! Why not show your support for community radio?

Posted by Gordon at March 18, 2017 6:12 AM

I've noticed the same aural deterioration in British radio. I grew up listening to BBC broadcasts over the CBC in Canada. The newsbroadcasters and interviewers had a kind of voice that just said "British": restrained, disciplined, low-timbred, educated.

But the culture turned against such conservative-sounding voices when it turned against those values. Now I can hardly bear to listen to Brits on radio or TV. They talk with a loud twanging whine - I guess the preference has gone over to some sort of more "populist" regional accent, and I don't know the variants so I don't know just where this comes from. But they ALL have it now. The sort that fits in well with soccer hooligans and drunken sluts.

I just laugh when Americans talk about someone on the news having a "posh" British accent. There ARE NO posh British accents heard publicly anymore. There used to be, but they've been stamped out. Maybe they exist somewhere, like elusive wild game, but they're not heard or wanted in public.

Posted by Dr. Mabuse at March 18, 2017 7:39 AM

If you want to hear that British accent, educated and proper, tune into Fox Business News at 9 Eastern for Varney & Company. Three hours of politics and money, well mixed and enlightening. His side reporter, Ashley, is a Brit also and like Stuart, doesn't miss a beat.

Posted by Vermont Woodchuck at March 18, 2017 2:52 PM

"Three hours of politics and money..."
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dear god, just shoot me now

Posted by ghostsniper at March 19, 2017 8:03 AM

Well, here he goes again....

It should be apparent to everybody by this time (it damn sure is to me) that the culprit, worldwide, is rocknroll. Sometime in the early '50s the whole culture got convinced that the only way to stay with it was to act like and express yourself like white trash, eventually degrading to pure ghettospeak.

Before that time kids couldn't wait to grow up; from that time onward adults were ashamed of acting their age. What did you expect?

Posted by Rob De Witt at March 19, 2017 10:09 AM

"Before that time kids couldn't wait to grow up; from that time onward adults were ashamed of acting their age."
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Excellent point Rob, and one that I hadn't heard before. I will be pondering this for awhile.

Posted by ghostsniper at March 20, 2017 7:46 AM

Ghost, you haven't heard money and politics delivered with humor and interest this way. In know way dry, quite the opposite. This ain't the CNBC BS show. If you have any investments and that includes cash knowing what's going with the gnomes is vital.

Posted by Vermont Woodchuck at March 20, 2017 8:44 AM

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