Mr. Hargro, I've read your petition, & understand your cause. I really do. However, I still don't think you get the point, & I mean that in the most respectful way. The petition you started speaks specifically of the programming of one show. The point is WCLK is under financial distress & whether or not Jamal selects the majority of the music for that show, is not going to save the station. Either way there will be no winners. I do understand the issue of the content/format of the music, where the loyal listeners, myself included, feel alienated. However, WCLKs' main issue is the financial distress, which you're not acknowledging... To me the bigger question is, how can we help save the station and keep some of what we enjoy?
Carlton - I did say the TRUTH, may hurt... You're failing to get the point. Unfortunately the demise of WCLK as we know it is evident, the writing is on the wall, so to speak. WCLK, unlike the other two other college radio stations here in Atlanta (GSU WRAS 88.5, GIT WREK 91.1) is not student run, meaning they pay their staff and personalities and most depressing, WCLK does not have a 100,000 watt signal as does WRAS & WREK. The fact is that WCLK is a college station, which has and is attempting to continue to provide services rival to a corporate station, which they can't continue to do in their present form. As JS Fugate stated, "WCLK is 5 years behind the curve", he was being nice, I'd say they're further behind, given the rapid pace of technological change. WCLK doesn't have distinct competition, which is part of the problem. Lack of competition stifles innovation, motivation and leads to stagnation. There's no competition because "Jazz" no matter the form, is not mainstream music, however I love it nonetheless.
Back to Jamal. As I previously stated, much love but tough love for Jamal. I like a lot of what he does, not all, but I am rooting for him... When you have a job, the job description sometimes changes (WCLKs' new format) to keep pace with competitors, changing times or just because the boss wants to. If you don't like it, as you so eloquently stated, "get out the damn way.." The point is, Jamals' vision should be his own brand with content, he's progressed passed a college radio station. He need to get that "Soul of Jazz" podcast, Internet show or station, etcetera going as soon as possible. The people that are starting and signing petitions on his behalf, should help him with a business plan, setup a kickstarter, indiegogo or some other crowd funding account to get his project off the ground. By the way, I'm a supporter of "the great music movement", anybody can do good music, just ask Kanye (name of his record label)...
Here's the TRUTH... It may hurt... Much love but tough love for Jamal. Jamal has what's called a job. When you have a job, you do what the bosses say or you move on. When Jamal was away from WCLK some time back, he had the perfect opportunity to do his own thing, which to my knowledge, he did not. He could have started his own "Soul of Jazz" podcast, Internet show or station, taken his "vibe" on the road & become an International Soul DJ (they wreak of money), remix recordings or many other things. (Digression) Actually, every nu-soul or neo-soul or what ever you want to call, recording coming out of Atlanta, should've had a Jamal Ahmed, Ken Batie, CLK, or 91.9 remix. (We're back) I'll tell you why he did none of those things. He did none of those because, he wanted/s a job... So suck it, and get with the change or get out & do your own thing... It's time to think big, be creative, & embrace technology!
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