Precipitous moves by station leave listeners on edge

November 21, 2009

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WE NEED to have a public discussion concerning the precipitous changes WGBH-FM is making to its programming and broadcasting (“ ’GBH takeover of ’CRB alters more than letters,’’ Business, Nov. 18). I have found that many people are upset with the prospects.

Moving all the music programming to 99.5 has a big disadvantage. That frequency has a weak signal, and many people, even nearby, simply don’t receive it. Telling people that we will need an HD radio for 99.5 is insufficient listener help. Most of us have several radios on which we listen to WGBH, and few can afford to buy expensive new radios for all their home and office locations. Tuning in to 99.5 online may help some people, but it is not a solution for everybody.

WGBH has made theses decisions quite unilaterally and inconsiderately.

We also wonder why 89.7 will be all talk and news, when that kind of programming is already available on WBUR. Many of us rely on the mix of news and music that we have enjoyed on WGBH-FM for decades.

It looks as though the community of loyal listeners will be stranded after Dec. 1, when, we are told, these changes will take effect.

Listeners need some real answers, and a chance to discuss the possibilities.

Linda Morrison

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