Thoughtful critique of an hour we aired earlier this week. Thanks for the input, Craig!
It’s not my purpose to obsess over NPR’s On Point interview show (see three posts in August ), but by coincidence, they’ve pushed my music button again, this time in the not so agreeable way.
Early this week, Tom Ashbrook built around an hour the state of country music with John Marks , senior director of country programming at Sirius XM. Marks was Identified as the “hit maker” and “taste maker” and the guy who programmed and promoted the duo Florida Georgia Line until Their records caught on, Thus helping to ignite the so-called bro-country trend . (My friend and colleague Jewly Hight Also was a guest, in the role of contextualizer and advocate for a wider and more intelligent concept of country music. She did a great job, but she did not go in as if it is trial by combat, Which is how the show left me feeling.)
The promising hour of radio it was, but it fell far short of what it could have been, because the host fell into a common trap.