To the editors:
While I was troubled by the hostility apparent in Bryan Miller’s interview of Peter Dominowski [June 22], some of the new Program Director’s ideas that did leak through jibe with our 35 years experience of trying to listen to WFMT.
Apparently Norman Pellegrini’s imagined listener was a person of wealth, alone, somewhere on the North Shore. Most people listening during the day are working, usually in a situation where poetry, soprano arias, or Studs make it necessary to go to the radio and tune to WNIB. Eventually we just left the radio on the latter, and heard relatively few waltzes.
We kept trying WFMT, because the music was more interesting and arranged in a more interesting montage, but there again was Ogden Nash or Edith Sitwell to move the dial. The recorded commercials on WNIB were irritating, but over in a minute, and seldom as amusing/disturbing as the strained exercises on both stations to write copy that might relate to classical listeners: “If Beethoven could have saved at Talman, he would have had enough money in five short years for the needed aural surgery.”
Is it wrong for Mr. Dominowski and Mr. Antlitz to try to include a few more people in the WFMT audience and be a little less pompous? I think they are trying to save WFMT.