Just wanted to reply to the commenter below who feels jazz fans are out-of-touch "snoots." The fact is DUQ's jazz programming has been as popular with listeners as the NPR programs, according to the general manager, Scott Hanley -- http://sehanley.wordpress.com/2010/05/21/why-does-wduq-do-news-and-jazz-programming/ People seem to have strong opinions when it comes to music, but the fact is DUQ has been very successful with its jazz programming.
WDUQ listeners have started a Facebook page where they can dialog about the station's future - http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Save-Our-WDUQ/147834095277265
The new owners are accepting comments at www.essentialpublicmedia.org but the comments aren't shown publicly. That's a disappointing lack of transparency for a public radio station. I wonder if they want to be free to ignore the comments if they don't fit their agenda?
This article does a great job of explaining the deal that leaves many WDUQ employees and jazz fans feeling betrayed. If the new owners don't keep jazz and the awesome staff that has run the station so beautifully under hostile circumstances, I doubt I'll have the heart to tune to 90.5. I'm a "news junkie," but the news can be downright discouraging if you're paying attention -- it's the music and the people of WDUQ that keep me going.
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