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Jazz isn't dead
Regarding your report on the end of jazz programming at WGBH ("Gone, gone, gone," Arts and Entertainment, July 13), jazz isn't dead.
Letters to the Boston editors, August 10, 2012
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| August 10, 2012
Jazz death at ’GBH
"I don't know if we made a difference, but we had a hell of time," said Ken Field at the "WGBH Jazz Funeral" last week. True dat, Ken.
Gone, gone, gone
| July 13, 2012
Open for change
Last Saturday's first flash of dry weather in a week didn't stop dozens of Boston activists from holing up in a Chinatown loft, and plotting to protect citizens from Clear Channel, FCC oppressors, and other threats to an open, fair, and honest media.
Don't quote me
| May 27, 2011
Eric Jackson and Jazz Week
When he headed for BU from his home town of Camden, New Jersey, in 1968, Eric Jackson thought his ultimate destination was medical school and a career in psychiatry. But as a jazz fan from an early age — and the son of a fairly renowned jazz DJ — he foun
| April 29, 2011
Boston Media Smackdown: WBUR vs. WGBH, Boston Globe vs. Everyone
At last weekend's NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEDIA REFORM, the Free Press folks asked me to bring together a cross-section of our fair city's movers and...
| April 16, 2011
PBS looks at the darker side of changing the world
Sometimes you want to give PBS a big grateful kiss just for staying the course while most of TV, losing ground to the interweb age, hovers between cultural hemorrhage and commercial death.
Digging up dirt
| January 14, 2011
Dispatches from the 34th Montreal World Film Festival
The 34th Montreal World Film Festival (August 26-September 6), proved most heartening for those of us anxious about the state of global cinema. I saw...
| September 06, 2010
My impending departure
A little more than a week ago, I told the Phoenix that I was leaving to take an associate producer job at WGBH’s Greater Boston,...
| February 26, 2010
Radio Boston goes daily; 'BUR-'GBH heats up
Radio Boston, WBUR's weekly local-news show, is about to become a five-day-a-week affair. As Universal Hub's Adam Gaffin notes, a posting for an executive producer...
| February 17, 2010
Orwell and Shakespeare in a Minute
"I thought we were going to be talking about windmills," Jenny Sawyer mutters as she looks into the camera, sandwiched between two pigs.
Second-Hand Books Dept.
| January 29, 2010
I know what you're thinking: " Another Emma ? Didn't we just have a bushel of Jane Austen adaptations for TV?" Well, WGBH did give us four new Austens, but that was all the way back in 2008, a Jane-ite eternity.
The new BBC/WGBH Emma gets a 10
| January 15, 2010
PODCAST: William Bulger, Chris Lydon, WGBH, WCRB, and the Future of Classical Music on the Radio
In 2009, we got used to seeing angry mobs descend on public forums with vengeance in their hearts. So for anyone who'd been to a...
| January 14, 2010
PODCAST: America's Test Kitchen's 2010 season preview [MP3]
America's Test Kitchen blooper reel Chris Kimball knows all. Or, at least, he knows way too much about the strange and deviant culinary flailings going...
| January 09, 2010
Through a glass darkly
Predicting a Super Bowl winner doesn't make you a genius: after all, given a pool of 32 teams, one of them is bound to capture the trophy. But predicting the future for an industry that's been buffeted by new technologies and economic vicissitudes, and
Forecasting the media year to come
| January 08, 2010
Tonight in Copley Square: WGBH and its discontents
In a piece that'll be out later this week, I cite the coming public-radio battle between WBUR-FM and WGBH-FM as one of the big media...
| January 05, 2010
WGBH's hard sell
As a media columnist and occasional classical-music listener, I'm intrigued by WGBH's newly announced purchase of WCRB--apparently for the not-insubstantial sum of $14 million. I...
| September 21, 2009
Tough times at WGBH
Judging from an email that WGBH president/CEO Jon Abbott sent to staff yesterday, things at Boston's public-broadcasting powerhouse aren't quite as bad as they are...
| July 24, 2009
Congrats to Boston's Murrow Award winners
Both NECN and WGBH make the list. NECN won in the investigative-reporting category, large market,&nb...
| June 29, 2009
Today's Globe question: what makes an impasse?
Beat the Press blogger Ralph Ranalli notes an interesting contradiction regarding the ongoing Times ...
| June 17, 2009
“Putting Creativity to Work: Engaging Peoople with Disabilities in the Cultural Life of Massachusetts”
The great New Orleans pianist Henry Butler, blind since birth, caps off a day-long conference, “Putting Creativity to Work: Engaging Peoople with Disabilities in the...
| May 20, 2009
DQM does BTP
Friday night plans? Not too late to change 'em! I'll be on the weekly "Beat the Press" segment of Gr...
| May 01, 2009
When in 2002 BBC1 launched Spooks , from independent producer Kudos Film and Television, it must have been something of a courageous act.
Breaking new ground with old tools
| March 31, 2009
When last year the BBC interrupted its broadcast of Little Dorrit — which hinges on the downfall of a Bernie Madoff–like figure — for a tawdry true-crime documentary, thousands of viewers complained: don't leave us hanging!
Life and debt in Dickens's Little Dorrit
| March 24, 2009
Ran Blake | Driftwoods
You probably don't think about an acoustic jazz pianist's use of the sustain pedal except when you're listening to Ran Blake.
Tompkins Square (2009)
| March 10, 2009
Dancing ballet or not
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Celebrity Series program at the Cutler Majestic last weekend could have been a primer of the ways not to dance ballet.
MARCIA B. SIEGEL
| February 10, 2009
DQM takes to the airwaves
Tonight at 7 on WGBH Channel 2, I'll be chatting with Emily Rooney, Joe Sciacca, Kara Miller,...
| December 05, 2008
The Press, beaten
Big Friday-night plans? If not--or perhaps as a pre-party!--consider watching Greater Boston's Beat the Press, at 7 pm on Channel 2. Emily Rooney, Dan Kennedy,...
| October 17, 2008
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