Tuesday, July 23, 2013

KDFC: Composer Dates vs. Musical Trivia

A friend sent email to KDFC asking why they don't announce the dates when works they broadcast were composed. He got a reply. Here it is in full, with his identifying information removed.

From my friend:
 Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2013 11:12 AM
 Subject: Suggestion

 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.
KDFC's response:
Thanks for the feedback [friend of Lisa],
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.
 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.

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?

1 comment:

Michael Strickland said...

Trying to improve KDFC is like trying to improve San Francisco government, a Sisyphean task if ever there was one.