By Doug Heye, US News & World Reports
In the aftermath of the admission by former National Public Radio (NPR) executive Ron Schiller that NPR would not only survive an end in federal funding but â€œbe better off in the long runâ€ there was a common refrain from NPR supporters to ignore that man formerly behind the curtain, that public subsidies of NPR must remain in place because of the quality of the programming and the alleged need for it in rural areas.
While most know of what have been the traditional NPR flagship programs–Morning Edition, All Things Considered, etc.–in the past few years, it has been another NPR program, the music-focused All Songs Considered that has gained the networkâ€™s most loyal following and made the most significant impact on its subject matter (yes, even more than Car Talk has on auto sales).
For the uninitiated, All Songs Considered is NPRâ€™s new music portal, featuring music from up and coming artists like Josh Ritter, the world music emphasis one would expect from an NPR program, and long established artists like Bob Dylan, Elton John, Brian Wilson and R.E.M. All Songs Considered gives exhaustive coverage of music centric events such as the SXSW conference and the Bonnaroo festival, while featuring a 24/7 online music station and an archive of concerts (full disclosure: I am listening to a 2005 Son Volt concert posted on their site while writing this.)
The Pabst Blue Ribbon-sponsored site bills itself as â€œthe place to discover music.â€ Itâ€™s not a claim without merit. Last month, R.E.M. manager Bertis Downs was quoted as saying that for promotion of R.E.M.â€™s latest album, Collapse Into Now, All Songs Considered is â€œat the top of the list.â€ The programâ€™s promotion of Adeleâ€™s 21 has been credited as an â€œimportant pieceâ€ of her albumâ€™s success in topping the Billboard charts.
Meanwhile, as Washington prepares to celebrate, well, itself at the annual White House Correspondentsâ€™ Dinner, where media organizations try to out-do each other by planting celebrities at their $2,500 tables, taxpayer-subsidized and donor-supported NPR is no exception. Joining NPR staff will be Ambassador Susan Rice as well as three All Songs Considered favorites, Annie Clark, who records under the nom de plume St. Vincent, Talking Heads founder David Byrne, and R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.
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