While rummaging through some old WPRB stuff, I came across a handful (a large folder (a box)) of fan mail. Well, it wasn’t exactly fan mail. It was more, i-listen-to-your-radio-station-a-lot-and-have-some-suggestions mail. Apparently, there was a time when WPRB wasn’t completely flawless (hard to imagine, right?).
So, as part of a blogging series that I just made up, I will present some of the letters WPRB received when it was WPRU. (Old mail=super hip)
Letter No. 1: An appalled gentleman on March 12, 1947
Your use of a recording of the Lord’s Prayer as background music for the meditation period on Thursday evening must rank among radio’s most unforgivable insensitivities. No appeal to sentiment need be informed from my reminder that the Lord’s Prayer holds for many, value so high that it could never be given background status. WPRU, when will you come of age?
My notes: I wonder what inspired his underline under “that.” Also, my answer to him: WPRB will probably never come of age. That ain’t our style. I doubt anyone responded as such at the time.
Letter No. 2: That was good but…on March 15, 1947
Be advised that while your airing of the Glee Club concert was most commendable, there is still much to be ironed out. I would point out first the incompetence of your music announcer; next, your control men who “mix” programs. The overall effect somehow leaves something to be desired.
My notes: Honestly, the station had to shut down during WWII, so this was its second year of operation. Thus, their ignorance was justified. Right? This bro was definitely a diva. Also, he didn’t even say “gentlemen,” just “men.” Rude.
Letter No. 3: An Urgent Request on March 28, 1947
For God’s sake, keep on with the new program “[Shirley] Jazz.” It’s the best thing I’ve heard in a long time.
My notes: I couldn’t make out what the name of the jazz program was. Shirley? Shirtly? Slinely? Shinely? Shirsly? I though Shirley looked best. I also wonder why he asked with the Lord’s name. That must have been some swell jazz.
Letter No. 4: The Students in Campbell Hall on March 20, 1947
As we sit here, listening to a few selections from Kostelanitz for the 25th time, we wonder why you cant get a little variety in “Music To Study By”? It cant be because you dont have enough records to keep from repeating each night. We know you have lots of records for we have seen them. Why cant each announcer make a list of the records he played and then have these lists posted so that the announcer of the following night can check to make sure there are no duplications. You could keep the lists for, say, one week and then start over again. We do enjoy “Music to Study By,” in fact would like to see extended from 10:30. However, we will be forced to take a few commercials with our music if you dont get a little variety in your program.
Yours truly, Campbell Hall
My notes: Was this the ignition to the playlist software? Gasp.
So concludes the WPRB historical documents presentation.