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Turn Your Radio On!
It's time to talk about radio.
Why? Because Columbus is a great city for writers, we all agree. But it
became a writer's city only because of people and organizations that set about
to create an environment where the language arts are celebrated and where
writers are appreciated.
This kind of dedication to the cultural life
of the city is evident in the daily operations of public station
WCBE 90.5 FM, through its
programs and public services.
Week after week, WCBE -- which is
licensed by the Columbus Public Schools, but largely supported by listener
members -- broadcasts a program schedule that uniquely serves the needs and
interests of Columbus writers, in ways not duplicated by other broadcasters or
news media in the area.
And week after week, WCBE reminds us that radio
is especially important to writers. The ties between writing and radio are
close. Excellent radio requires excellent writing.
As WCBE operations
coordinator Dan Mushalko points out,
"Print and radio are very similar.
Both rely heavily on the listener's imagination to convey a story -- be it news
or fiction. Both require words -- grammar, vocabulary . . . language itself --
to relay meaning. To me, it's the same thing, really. In one, words are fed
through the eyes; in the other, words are digested through the
a special prestige in the station's program lineup and in its
in any weekday or weekend to programs like Fresh Air, Selected Shorts, A
Prairie Home Companion or This American Life, and you'll find good
writing being performed by writers and actors, and great literature being
discussed by intelligent commentators.
True, the station also
broadcasts the liveliest, most eclectic music programs to be found anywhere in
central Ohio, and enough coverage of national, international and local events
to satisfy the most insatiable news junkies.
But writers enjoy a
special prestige in the station's program lineup and in its philosophy. That's
why WCBE is involved in programs such as the Thurber House Writing Camp for
children each summer and the recent ConText convention for science fiction
writers. Dan Mushalko, who also teaches writing classes in radio drama and
other genres, explains part of the reason for this commitment: "A literate
audience is requisite for successful public radio." But it's also clear
that many staff members are passionate about reading and writing anyway.
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