Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Empire of the Air

I'm going away at the end of the week, to a place so far away that I won't be able to hear WAMC.

That's pretty far.

These days you need to burn almost an entire tank of gas to get out from under the station's signal. Now, with the acquisition of WRUN 1150 AM in Utica, WAMC's coverage stretches halfway across the state ---not to mention heavily into Massachussetts, Vermont, and Connecticut. This is a good thing.

WAMC's rise from the brink of financial ruin to being one of the nation's most influential public radio stations isn't just the stuff of legend, told over and over around the fund drive campfire, it's proof that they're very good at what they do.

If Alan Chartock's right, there may be tough times ahead for public radio; if that's the case, it's the big stations that will be able to keep their hats dry when the water starts rising.