What is Wrong with WABE?

What’s the problem over at WABE? It seems like every other day they screw up their timing, cut short a show, or lay out a span of dead air. This morning, after accidentally cutting short an interview with an Atlanta Magazine writer, they put out close to a solid minute of dead air. That’s pretty bad.

In recent months they’ve stopped airings of This American Life after twenty minutes and begun them again. They start shows late. They play their own promos simultaneously with material coming in from the national feed, creating an overlapping jumble of sound.

These are amateurish mistakes. My high-school radio station (where I got my FCC license) was smoother-produced than this. Is this somehow related to the usual NPR station funding problems or what?

Am I the only one bothered by this?

3 Comments so far

  1. automaticslim on March 13th, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

    WABE has been amateur hour for years now. Terrible talent even for a public radio station, no local programming except for Maynard Jackson’s widow, and production problems weekly. It’s embarrassing that even places like Charlotte and Kansas City have much better NPR affiliates than Atlanta. If, say, Oglethorpe were to sponsor a GPB affiliate and broadcast a lineup something like WAMU in Washington it would a) put WABE out of business and b) attract a pretty significant audience and thus donor base.

  2. michelangelo33 on March 13th, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

    I thought they went downhill when John Lemley left the afternoons to host All Things Considered. That’s when I stopped supporting and started rarely listening during that time.

    I know it was a big move for him.

    I still enjoy the late night music.

    -That’s how I feel.

  3. mrmambo on March 13th, 2008 @ 10:43 pm

    THANK YOU! Oh, my gawd–I’ve been thinking the same thing for the last few years. You hit all the same production issues that drive me crazy. I can’t believe how slack they are sometimes–the dead air, overlapping audio, mispronunciations, and general amateur hour … it’s simply baffling how slack they can be.

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