Sunday, November 15, 2009

'GBH cancels Folk and Blues music?

Forwarded to my email [thanks Marcia!] -

I wanted to forward to you a recent email sent by Richard Walton, the 'face' and host of Stone Soup coffeehouse for 25 years. His email is in response to WGBH cancelling their folk radio show as of December.
Hi, I urge every member of the Stone Soup board to write to 'GBH protesting the ending of folk music. Folk music venues all over New England have depended on that program which has, for years, been the pre-eminent folk show on radio in all of New England. Its departure will hurt folk music in New England and thus in the entire U.S. because N.E. is the very heart of American folk music and no radio station in the region nourished folk music the way 'GBH did for decades. You can go to and go to Contact Us at the bottom of the home page. I've already done that and I hope many others will do the same. Thank you. Peace. Richard.

This is from WGBH:
WGBH is devoted to bringing you new experiences, taking you to new worlds, and giving you the very best in educational content. We’re here for you — and it all happens thanks to your interest and generous support!"
contact them here.

As many of you know, WGBH will cancel its Saturday afternoon program, "Folk On WGBH" on December 1. This ends a historic commitment to American folk music on WGBH, that goes back to to the early 1970s. I want to urge you to contact WGBH, spread the word at your venues about this decision, and urge your audiences to contact them, too. WGBH needs to hear how much non-profit venues like yours depend on Folk on WGBH; how important folk radio is to the cultural life of this area; and how much it has meant that WGBH has always supported folk music. People can contact Audience Services/ WGBH/ One Guest Street/ Boston, MA 02135, or e-mail WGBH through its website, This is a time to make our voices heard. Scott Alarik

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