Prison Pete

Friday, January 23, 2009
  I Get My Arts Through The New York Times.
One of the vexing problems of my current government funded secure location is the lack of any reception of a "Public Radio" station. While staying at Club Fed in the middle of nowhere West Virginia, I at least had 24 hour a day reception of a Public Radio station. Besides listening to all the great classical music, there was the special shows like Car Talk, Prairie Home Companion, weekend jazz marathon show from midnight to 6:00 AM, and Pipe Dreams. While there are a couple of public radio stations in the general area, for some reason while inside the dorms we can only pick up one FM station and it goes off the air at midnight each night.

I was excited to find an article about Pipe Dreams in the New York Times. "Tuning In to the Organ, And Not Just in Church," Saturday October 18, 2008. Not only was there a half page story on the show, now in its twenty-fifth year, but it also include a picture of the host, J. Michael Barone. It just so happens that he wears his hair in a pony tail, like I do. The article points out the niche nature of the program with a current listening audience of about 250,000. It would be 250,001 Michael, but it will have to wait till I can get to an area that allows reception of a station that broadcasts the show. In the meantime, how great it must be to have a job you really love for twenty five years that also brings much joy to those that listen to the show.
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