From my friend:
Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2013 11:12 AMKDFC's response:
How about giving the composition dates of the pieces? To me this is more useful information than the apocryphal anecdotes that typically follow a piece.
Thanks for the feedback [friend of Lisa],Now you know: KDFC's listener panels - we don't know how big these are, or how representative of their listeners - are determining whether it's useful or helpful to tell listeners when compositions were written. Boo. Feel free to send email to KDFC telling them what you think.
We regularly discuss these sorts of topics with listener panels. Predominantly we're told dates without context are not as helpful to most. We completely understand our presentation can't be ideal for all interests, and we thank you very much for listening.
And by the way: in the old, old days, KDFC did provide this tiny amount of factual information. How much time does it take to say 1788 or 1805 or 1913, for that matter?