Arcade Fire is a contemporary rock band that produces music better than many a contemporary classic, or otherwise “concert”, musical artist
Steve: you are my New Best Friend! Arcade Fire revived my faith in the possibilities of music, at a time it was flagging. Several members of AF are classically trained but I wouldn't expect to ever hear them on Concert FM.
Talking of culture, the Script To Screen panel, "Bombing at the Box Office" at The Classic last night ,was quite illuminating. If StS don't write it up, I will do something with the notes I took.
I would be interested to know if there anyone from NatRad or Concert FM following this discussion (reveal thyself!). It is certainly another lively PA debate, in a summer of lively debates. Check out how many views it has accumulated, in just a few days.
Really, Geoff? My understanding is that RNZ has consistently declined to participate in those "highly dubious radio surveys", but far be it from me to disturb the vast right wing/corporate conspiracy narrative.
The information I was given in 1999, when the current survey system was set up, was that the commercial networks deliberately excluded RNZ, who now use Nielsen for their audience research. But I may be wrong--I frequently am.
I can't help thinking that RNZ's success with such high audiences is a BIG target for private stations to take aim at.
I guess that was the motivation for excluding RNZ from the highly dubious radio surveys, or sticking them in an "Other" category.
How does bfm fund itself? I am all for assisting them in widening their transmission range.
Interesting and often persuasive discussion. I can feel myself wavering... (my, that sounds dodgy!)
Just one request--can we abandon the head-on-desk metaphor, in favour of something else? It is getting..umm..a little wooden.
George, orchestral and concert music is not one genre.
Paul: I would argue that it is, in the way it is identified in CD stores (eg Marbeck's), radio listings, radio stations, magazines, library cataloguing--as in Barry K. Grant's general definition of genre as "Genre is what we collectively believe it to be".
Orchestral and concert music aka 'classical music' is the large mega-genre, with sub-genres such as chamber music etc
If anything, bFM ... is more deserving of subsidy.
I would subscribe to such a notion, if it had a nationwide signal (radio coming out the computer isn't right, somehow)
Bad timing I guess, but having Joanne Black on today's The Panel won't do much to increase my warm regard of NatRadio. Another case of someone with excessive access to the public discourse?
quality broadcasting and local content is important.
There is continuing inertia on digital radio here, too.
Who are you calling a free marketeer?
No one here. I was just making a general comment about a contradiction in broad debates about subsidised culture.
I recall there was a classical radio feed out of Auckland some years ago. It had a modicum of sponsorship messages. Does this still exist?