Monday, January 5, 2009

McEnroe suggests a way to channel your anger

In his blog Sunday, Colin McEnroe writes reluctantly, it seems, about the way agitated listeners might help return his voice to the airwaves. He says:

I can also tell you that your energies would probably be better used contacting public radio and telling them you'd support a show like mine through memberships and donations. There. That's all I have to say.

And for whatever reason, chalk it up to "professionalism," or humility or magnanimity or confidence or unlikely Irish optimism, but he seems to mean it.

So, if you want McEnroe to appear back on the air, a phone call, or an email to WNPR, promising a donation (for $125 you can get a UCONN garden gnome, god help us), might make sense.

You can email WNPR at, or call Bree Pelczar, assistant to the CEO at (860) 275-7222. The CEO is Jerry Franklin. Or send an email to John Dankosky (who wrote this) at

Not as if Connecticut Public Radio is a model of stability. After decades they recently laid off the voice of continuity at WNPR and CPTV, Bob Henry. We won't get into the problems with public broadcasting in Connecticut, that's meat for another morning, but suffice it to say, it's a case where administrative costs (read salararies), are what drag that station down.

BTW, if you're at McEnroe's blogsite, be sure to read his post on the bittersweet task or removing the Christmas tree. Beautifully written. Touching. McEnroe at his best.

And one silver lining, McEnroe's energy will likely be poured into his blog in the short run, and it will likely be entertaining to read over the next several weeks.


Kathleen White said...

Oh, c'mon, Ed, get into the problems with public broadcasting in Connecticut.
Kathleen White

Anonymous said...

I had vaguely wondered about Bill Henry -- when someone who doesn't have a show is missing for a bit, you think he's on vacation. But no. Bill had already been there for a while when I worked at WNPR for a couple of years in the late
'80s. He's a gentle soul, the epitome of considerateness. Another loss.