In an article in the New York Times, Brett Sokol catches up with some of America’s noncommercial, community radio programmers, who have been forced into hastily improvising a response to the growing spread of Covid-19.
Local stations have cut down on D.J.s coming to the studio, but playlists and personalities are holding strong as small stations get a chance to build bigger audiences.
“This is the situation that so many broadcasters dream of!” said Ken Freedman, the station manager and program director at WFMU. “You have a global, captive audience, and everyone can share and commiserate their experiences. But it’s not safe to go to the station!”
Matthew Dunn of WOMR : “As much as anything else, this is an opportunity to spread joy at a time when people really need it,” he said. “We’ve had some things taken away from us, but radio is not one of them.”