Does The Organist Entertains on Radio 2 do more harm than good?


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Feb 08, 2014, 21:40

I listen to Classic FM occasionally but am always irritated by the conveyor belt content of the same 'popular' classic works which they were playing 20 years ago. Wallpaper classics. I believe radio is basically dead as a source of specialist music entertainment.
But where less demanded, yet no less entertaining, music is concerned, including organ and keyboard, there are so many alternatives on the internet as online 'radio' shows. Organfax, Organ1stRadio, Hammondorganradio, and so on. I cannot visualize the BBC changing course for the sake of 200 plus petitioners, though I have added my support to the petition. I've even had some of my own playing included on Organ1st radio, hosted by Alan Ashton, which was an honour. I suggest that we support the people who really CARE about modern organ and keyboard playing, and expend effort and time into compiling their programmes in a far more open minded way. God bless 'em.

Young persons are more likely to become aware of organ music through the internet than the radio...the BBC hardly ever plays any modern organ music during the day, or even the evening. I've discovered far more artists new to me through the internet than the Beeb will ever divulge.

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