As I wrote last week, WUFT is dropping classical music–and, apparently, almost all other music besides–to go all talk. WUFT is part of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism, and, as such, is subject to the College’s demands. And they are demanding change. But, as you can imagine, I am personally saddened by this decision.
I am receiving some solace, however, in the outpouring of popular support for classical music, and in the reighteous indignation from listeners who have written letters–published today–to the Gainesville Sun protesting the format change. There have been op-eds, as well, from Raymond Chobaz, the conductor of the University Orchestra, and from Mickie Edwardson, a wonderful lady and former UF professor, with whom I have had the pleasure of working for years during the station’s pledge drives. Dr. Edwardson knows tons about opera, and her recording collection puts mine to shame. She is a fantastic emisary for classical music. She once gave me a biography of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
I don’t know if anything can change the dean’s mind at this point. But it makes my heart happy to know that people don’t want to take this lying down. My new battle-cry: