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James Tew

Canon in D was actually what my wife marched into when we got married, so I have fonder memories of the song, though anything can get annoying when you hear enough of it. Then again, I'm not an "inveterate station searcher." Probably the most interesting rendition of the song I heard was when my wife and I were in California and ran across a string quartet of college students who were taking requests - and donations - on the sidewalk. They'd been drinking a bit, so some of the rhythms were rather interesting.

Jason Blosser

Mr. Haines ruined WBNI when he came in to town and picked up all of this left-wing NPR crap. When I was a teenager first discovering "classical" music, WBNI actually used to play music. Sometimes good music!

Now all they play is NPR crap and light-hearted Baroque stuff for flute. Where's the Mahler, Bruckner, Beethoven symphonies? Where's the stuff people actually like?

Oh...that's right. It's on my iPod.

Bob Gaul

I find the Pachabel Canon relaxing...but since they ARE looping it 24/7 until the change on May 1, it's not intended for chronic use....No music is.

I recall when it was ONE station...classical AND jazz...had a good show every Wed night, too..."Jazz Classics".

Ever since they "split" the stations (BNI & BOI) the quality of reception on BNI went in the crapper. The Christian staion just below it stepped all over the classical WBNI...even when I lengthened my antenna, reception was hinky!

Glad to see they're doing something about it...finally.
(morse code - "V" - Beethoven's 5th)



Roger McNeill

I spent some time listening to the new WBNI on their inaugural day, prior to changing the 94.1 preset on my car radio.

I love Classical Music, but who picked out that slow, dreary, obscure playlist?? The last time I heard that selection of music was at a funeral home.

Bring back the Pachelbel loop!

John McFann

Re: Blosser's comments.

Their broadcast problems are not over yet. Their signal strength fluctuates almost daily and the stereo separation is iffy some of the time. Their web streaming has been noisy and the separation problem is even worse...sounds like mono most of the time. When it gets really bad online, I go to WKSU or WNYC. It hasn't been too bad the last few weeks but we'll see if they can keep it together.

Re: Tew's comments.

What? You don't like NPR's commie/pinko/socialistic slant on news? Whatsamatter witu boi? I swear the air around the DC area affects people's thought processes. I used to think that "public" radio and TV was supposed to reflect their local area's viewpoints and interests and provide relief from the pablum we're fed by the national networks. I guess not. And those NPR programs aren't cheap either. Why NIPR chooses to to spend big bucks for programing instead of using local talent is beyond me. I've traveled all over the country and everywhere I go public radio/tv has the same old crap with very few refreshing exceptions. And we used to think the Soviet Union had "managed news." HA!

John McFann

Two year update. Not much has changed. The on line stereo separation is better but their new HD digital channel is the pits. It cuts in and out as bad as the online signal. Sounds like the old FM "picket fencing" effect only you're standing still...or a bad CD player skipping tracks. The over the air signal is fine at the same time the digital signal is crappy. But that will disappear when they sell the Roanoke transmitter.

The only thing that's changed is they got got rid of their biggest asset, Janice Furtner. Their new General Manager even bailed, or was canned. When local programing isn't on, we get canned classical. If you don't like it and you're listening online, and try to switch to Bowling Green, Boston or Minnesota "public radio", you get exactly the same thing.

When Nikita Khrushchev said "We will bury you" he was right. So was George Orwell.

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