Yesterday I was dismayed to learn that CBC 2 was changing quite dramatically. I knew something was afoot, but I wasn’t sure what. I guess there has been a lot of discussion in the south about this, but it hadn’t reached my ears. Anyway, as of today there is a whole slew of new programming, aimed I assume at attracting a younger/broader audience. What I suspect CBC has done instead is ticked off a very loyal listenership.
For me the changes mean that I am no longer able to rely on CBC to provide me with classical music during my ‘drive time’. Those timeslots have now been taken up with with a much broader variety of music. Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy variety, but on my own terms. I turned to CBC 2 because it offered me something I couldn’t get from other stations; something that feeds me and centers me and helps me with my transition from home to work and vice versa. Now that’s been replaced with something that feels an awful lot like typical commercial radio.
However it’s not all bad. I love the four new internet radio channels. There, I can get my fill of classical, and if I want something else I can also choose jazz, Canadian composers and Canadian songwriters. The quality is really high too. But I can’t listen in my car to what I can hear on my computer. Ultimately, I feel like I’ve lost a good friend.