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Nationwide Protest to Raise a Ruckus for Radio Two
Recently, CBC Radio Two has proposed some changes to its schedule. What used to be the go-to resource for classic and contemporary art music is slated to become a more diverse source of everything from "jazz, folk, world, R & B, singer-songwriter and roots" music, with the classical content being relegated to a five hour slot from 10am to 3pm. While the CBC says this is a celebration of our cultural diversity, a large number of the station's loyal fans are furious, and they've organizing a national day of protest to make sure the state-sponsored radio network hears what they have to say.
While one might expect such a group to be spearheaded by residents of a retirement home, it's actually being led by Peter McGillivray, a Toronto man in his early thirties, who set up a Facebook group called "Save Classical Music at the CBC." In a few short weeks, the group has attracted over 13,000 members online, and fueled by this success they've decided to take their protest to the next level: the real world.
The group is now getting organized for tomorrow's nationwide protest, which will target every CBC radio station across the country simultaneously in order to make sure their message gets heard loud and clear. "We're not against pop music or pop musicians and musicians of any genre," says McGillivray. "We just don't know why a public institution has to be destroyed to make room for it all."
If you'd like to add your voice to the local gathering, show up at 250 Front Street West at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 30. For folks living elsewhere, here's the rundown from coast to coast:
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