Wbez

★★★★☆
  • 848 E Grand Ave Ste 1

    Chicago, IL 60611

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  • 312-832-9150

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I came to Chicago recently as an avowed NPR junkie, having honed my listening skills growing up in a very public radio friendly town like Seattle. I've been surprised at how poorly Chicago's WBEZ operates... administratively as well as its program schedule. My sister has endured an ongoing drama of making donations without receiving promised gifts. Both of us endure a ridiculous number of pledge drives, and now we're about to see an overhauled program schedule that removes some of its best programs (KCRW's To The Point and *all* of the Jazz programming) to spend each weekday afternoon listening to verbatim repeats of its morning programs! Is this how you save money? Kudos for 848 and World View, but who the heck is running this incompetent ship? I've resorted to online streams of KCRW, New York Public Radio and Seattle's KUOW to avoid WBEZ's paltry lineup. Every time you ask for more money while delivering an unsound product further alienates your audience. A great city like Chicago deserves better!

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I came to Chicago recently as an avowed NPR junkie, having honed my listening skills growing up in a very public radio friendly town like Seattle. I've been surprised at how poorly Chicago's WBEZ operates... administratively as well as its program schedule. My sister has endured an ongoing drama of making donations without receiving promised gifts. Both of us endure a ridiculous number of pledge drives, and now we're about to see an overhauled program schedule that removes some of its best programs (KCRW's To The Point and *all* of the Jazz programming) to spend each weekday afternoon listening to verbatim repeats of its morning programs! Is this how you save money? Kudos for 848 and World View, but who the heck is running this incompetent ship? I've resorted to online streams of KCRW, New York Public Radio and Seattle's KUOW to avoid WBEZ's paltry lineup. Every time you ask for more money while delivering an unsound product further alienates your audience. A great city like Chicago deserves better!

Pros: Some Good Local and National Programs

Cons: Poor Subscriber Relations, Arrogant Management, Bad Programming Schedule

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I love this radio station. They have a great mix of programs - they offer a lot of news, so you can know, in depth, what's going on in the world. They also have great feature programs on random topics, which expands your knowledge of the world around you. They play some music, but mostly talk radio. You wont' be sorry you listen.

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I love this radio station. They have a great mix of programs - they offer a lot of news, so you can know, in depth, what's going on in the world. They also have great feature programs on random topics, which expands your knowledge of the world around you. They play some music, but mostly talk radio. You wont' be sorry you listen.

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Intellegent, entertaining programming every day--this is where I get my news and where I get a laugh. Whether I'm pulled into a story from Selected Shorts, giggling along with Car Talk or listening to community issues, I feel it's time well spent.

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Intellegent, entertaining programming every day--this is where I get my news and where I get a laugh. Whether I'm pulled into a story from Selected Shorts, giggling along with Car Talk or listening to community issues, I feel it's time well spent.

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On the one hand, public radio stations everywhere are pretty much the same. But it's in the spaces between the NPR standards like "All Things Considered" and "Fresh Air" that WBEZ (91.5 FM) earns its reputation. The…

 

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