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Opinion/Editorial

L.A. Jazz Radio

By Published: April 8, 2004
Just because you get less than half of your money from corporate sponsors doesn't mean you are a 'public' radio station. Try to get something announced there, like my band Build an Ark. If I want to have a ticket giveaway, I'd have to pay them. I wanted them to be a media sponsor, where they get behind an event that was for the community. I have to pay them for that? That's not the sign of a public radio station."

It appears that the airwaves are not immune to the tensions between art and money. Artie Shaw once said that in each song he played three bars would be for the money and one for the music. Or as my life insurance representative put it, "If your only problem is money, you have no problems." And perhaps by that assessment jazz radio in Los Angeles is without ills.


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