I discovered that my favorite (and everyone's favorite) radio programs are available on the internet anytime I want: This American Life and Prairie Home Companion . Today I organized my taxes while listening to Ira Glass's lazy elocution and amazing writing.
One of my sisters sells corporate sponsorship for a public radio station. She was surprised that I could get PHC anytime I wanted, since her station is trying to raise money and subscribers so that they can "bring Prairie Home Companion back to the [region she works in]." Her station is not focused on national programming for its future, however. While people may tell them that they want the station to offer the best PRI has to offer, what they actually will pay for is local programming. The live, the local, the touchable. We will pay and pay and pay for the real, as the recorded and remote and global becomes cheaper and cheaper.
Just like John Barlow said way back in 1994 in "The Economy of Ideas." Tickets to PHC in Phoenix this weekend are more than $60 each.
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