Virtues And Vice Of Executives From “Other” Fields

Adaptistration People 102

Joe Goetz published an intriguing piece at Scanning The Dial on 3/29/2017 that examines a bit of a dust-up over the recent WQXR General Manager appointment, an administrator who was most recently a MTV content executive. You can probably see the disconnect; for some, an executive from the commercial entertainment field running a public radio station is sacrilege while for others it’s deliverance. The real irony here is preconceived notions at …

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A Quick Pointer


Just a quick pointer today over to the audio from yesterday’s WQXR podcast, Conducting Business. I posted it so late in the day that a number of readers apparently missed it but fear not, it’s up and running inside yesterday’s post plus you can go right to the source at the WQXR website. In addition to a streaming copy of the program, you will find some after-the-fact thoughts on the potential …

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Talking Met On WQXR


Update: the segment is now live! I had the pleasure of taking part in a panel discussion for WQXR’s bi-weekly podcast Conducting Business, hosted by Naomi Lewin, to talk about the Metropolitan Opera’s ongoing labor negotiations. My fellow panelists included: James Jorden, editor of the opera blog Parterre Box and a contributor to the New York Observer. Lois S. Gray, a Professor Emeritus of Labor Management Relations Emeritus at Cornell University. [ilink url=””]Or listen via the WQXR website.[/ilink] One …

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How Troubled Orchestras Can Bounce Back And Flourish

WQXR’s latest podcast from their Conducting Business series, which focuses on issues affecting the classical music landscape, includes a discussion about the state of American orchestras and the current rash of labor disputes. The panel includes host Naomi Lewin, Graydon Royce, music critic at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Jesse Rosen, president and chief executive of the League of American Orchestras, and me.

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Relax, It's Not A Crisis

In case you missed it, WQXR hosted a live discussion panel webcast titled American Orchestras: Endangered Species? yesterday which you can watch online at or in the embedded video after the break. In complete candor, I haven’t watched the entire session yet myself but I was disappointed at the onset by phrasing of the initial question from host and WQXR VP Graham Parker…

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