The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #52044   Message #795571
Posted By: Art Thieme
02-Oct-02 - 01:07 PM
Thread Name: Radio Ballads (MacColl/Parker)
Subject: RE: Radio Ballads (MacColl/Parker)
Yes, in the U.S. the real work of putting these shows together was also done by INDIVIDUALS mostly------folks with no budget whatsoever. It was done for and with love---and that's probably why the shows turned out to be so "good" so often. In the real sense of the word ama-teur --- with the root AMA =ing LOVE. It's a really false conception that because we are in the USA we have big funding for everything. Folk folks here have no funding in spite of the Folk Alliance trying to look corporate holding their yearly get-togethers in huge and gold-plated hotels in major far-flung cities. Except in the North-East, folk programming has been curtailed by NPR no matter how Mudcatters might protest that statement. The truth is that those looking at the scene NOW would never ever believe the sheer number of good folk shows that USED TO BE all around this nation. I do know there are axceptions, but people here and now think Garrison Keillor is a folk-DJ. I was given a nationally broadcast radio show in the mid-1980s by NPR precisely because they thought G.K. was a folk show and we might "kick his butt" since he dared to switch to A.P.R. Garrison never was a folk show. He uses folkie acts to give himself a chance to catch his breath. Give Garrison a good case of laryngitis and just watch how long that program would hold it's own !??! It'd last just about as long as mine did as a 2-hour, live, every week concern---about 2 years was as far as I went--although it took Jimmy David Post to run it into the ground. ;-)

Again, being a folksinger, a folk-DJ, a community broadcasting effort---even an NPR outlet in a less than "major league" urban area, has been pulled off only by the people who did it in spite OF the fact that there was never going to be big bucks there except for a few stars. I knew what I was doing wasn't leading to a big re-TIRE-ment even though I was able to buy a new set of those rubber items when my ever so necessary used automobile needed them.

As my buddy Jerry Rasmussen was the first to say to me many years ago, "Art, in folk music there is no such thing as a career move."
Luckily, "hand to mouth" still got us fed. My present circumference is proof of that fact.

With love and appreciation for you all,

Art Thieme