Welcome Joe Goetz: Scanning The Dial’s New Primary Author

After more than six years at the helm of Scanning The Dial as its primary author, Marty Ronish is moving into retirement and handing over the reins to Joe Goetz, Music Director for WFIU 103.7 FM in Bloomington, Indiana. Goetz’s inaugural post went up yesterday where he lays out an overview for what you can expect at one of the leading online hubs for all things related to classical music broadcasting.

Meet Joe Goetz

So, what should you expect, as readers, going forward? My goal is to make this blog the leading forum for both passionate listeners AND broadcasters to discuss all the issues we can that surround classical music and its place in radio (both public and commercial). As I am actively employed by two stations, I will do my best to refrain from judging the programming and personnel decisions made by other stations, but I’m not afraid to call attention to what I feel to be particularly outstanding or egregious events. Any opinions I offer will be mine alone, and not will not reflect the opinions of my employers.

What do I expect? I expect to learn things from YOU. Everyone, whether they are station managers, program directors, music directors, hosts, listeners, or employees of other arts organizations, has a different opinion on the role classical music plays both in the community and on radio, and all those opinions are valid. That’s not to say, however, that I won’t disagree with a comment or even a guest blogger from time to time. But if we all agreed on everything, that wouldn’t be so fun, would it?

I have been very impressed with Goetz and think he is going to fit in just fine with the cast of Inside The Arts’ authors. Ever since launching a culture blog dedicated to issues about classical music in broadcasting (a sorely underserved field throughout the culture blogging community), it has been gratifying to see what its authors have covered and I’m looking forward to see where Goetz takes the Scanning The Dial in the years to come.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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