I appreciate the sentiment of the piece. As a Millennial I am frustrated with the lack of presence my generation has in public radio broadcasting. Last year I did a 3 month stint with Generation Public Radio Exchange as a Youth Editorial Board member. I was responsible for writing reviews and providing feedback for youth produced radio pieces. It was a thrill to nourish the next generation of sound all the while being nourished
myself. Some of the pieces I encountered were the most compelling radio pieces I've ever heard.
Your column reminded me of a John Updike excerpt (an excerpt so good I ripped it out of The New Yorker in the Mad River Hospital lobby):
"He was young, but it wasn't his youth that impressed me; it was his uniform,
his badge, his authority. We were all young, relatively, as I look back at us.
It has taken old age to make me realize that the world exists for young
people. Their tastes in food and music and clothing are what the world is
catering to, even while they are imagining themselves victims of the old."
When it comes to my generation, sometimes I side with Updike; we're IMAGINING ourselves victims of the old. Other times though, I tend to agree more with you; we ARE victims of a lack of opportunity and long-term planning. In the new frontier of media, marginalizing youth is only going to hurt the industry, so why is the industry doing it? It's counter productive. There's a hole in the bucket and they drilled it there.
I wanted to ask you about the KHSU Community Advisory Group. Is there such a thing? Can you tell me anything more about it? I would love to be a part of
that and help usher in some young folks.
I agree that local reporting needs to be beefed up at KHSU. That thing they call the community calendar falls much too short. And I get really
frustrated with the HUGE chunks
of classical music at 10 a.m. I don't understand why they dedicate
that slot for classical music. I appreciate the sounds of Bach, Brahms and Chopin, but two hours five days a week at a key time slot doesn't help bring in a new set of ears.
The disadvantage of my generation is that our hindsight is extremely
nearsighted. We are so far removed from old time radio that we don't even know what radio programming is. To me, it's programs like 'A Prairie Home Companion.' I was a bit perturbed when you poo-poo'd it as prune juice. I fear that if public radio stations handed us youth the reins we would just play music. Without guidance it would turn into indie music overload. I feel like we're dismissing classic formats with proven formulas,like sitcoms and game shows and suspense much too easily here. I think with a tweaked context (the college dorms instead of the wild west) it could have a revival. Talk shows would be a good format for us. The topics are always relevant. A youth based 'This American Life' would work well too.
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