I Want To Say Bad Things… But I Can’t

Every day while in the shower I listen to National Public Radio. Sometimes I listen on Connecticut Public Radio. Other times it’s WSHU’s network of repeaters, running about the same power as a flashlight.

If I’m in early (for me), I get to hear Terry Gross and Fresh Air.

Actually, that’s wrong. I hardly ever hear Terry Gross. She’s never there. It’s always Dave Davies (really… what were his folks thinking) or David Bianculli of the Philadelphia Daily News.

A few times, I’ve planned on ripping into the show because Terry Gross is hardly ever there. It’s a running joke between me and me.

She’s the name talent. She should make an effort to show up. It’s not like they can’t tape a bunch of ins and outs for shows, all at once or allow her to use a studio in her home or on the road. Radio is much easier that way.

I can’t be too mean. I love the show.

I have heard more great interviews on Fresh Air than anywhere else. Most of the fun ones for more are with show biz luminaries. Dion Dimucci, Neal Diamond and Daivd Duchovny stand out. These guys were candid and fascinating.

Who knew it was Dr. David Duchovny?

In these cases they’re are people I’ve heard interviewed before. Still, I’ve gone away with much more than I knew when I turned the shower water on.

It’s NPR. There are always going to be esoteric do-gooders on the show I just don’t want to know about. Sorry. However, by and large, the show is great.

Some day Terry will explain to me where she is on all those days off.

Does Free Cost Too Much?

A bunch of bankers got knocked for a loop when they heard from Jim Buckmaster, of Craigslist:

From HuffingtonPost.com:

Jim Buckmaster, the chief executive of Craigslist, caused lots of head-scratching Thursday as he tried to explain to a bunch of Wall Street types why his company is not interested in “monetizing” his ridiculously popular Web operation. Appearing at the UBS global media conference in New York, Mr. Buckmaster took questions from the bemused audience, which apparently could not get its collective mind around the notion that Craigslist exists to help Web users find jobs, cars, apartments and dates — and not so much to make money.

Wendy Davis of MediaPost describes the presentation as a “a culture clash of near-epic proportions.” She recounts how UBS analyst Ben Schachter wanted to know how Craigslist plans to maximize revenue. It doesn’t, Mr. Buckmaster replied (perhaps wondering how Mr. Schachter could possibly not already know this). “That definitely is not part of the equation,” he said, according to MediaPost. “It’s not part of the goal.”

Whoa! Money isn’t the essence of business? Wow.

I’m just as greedy as the next guy (maybe more so). This is such a foreign concept. Craigslist sounds like a throwback to the days of mainstream socialism.

I’ve never used the site. I have looked. I know lots of people do use it… actually millions use it.

It’s become a vacuum cleaner, sucking money from newspapers. Classified ads were a huge source of income.

I’m all for competitions, but what if removing this revenue makes the newspapers lose their financial viability?

From Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News:

The American newspaper is being assassinated by “a lone nut.”

And we’re going to tell you the name of that lone nut:

Craig Newmark of Craigslist (not pictured above) — a man whose altruistic vision of running a business to NOT maximize profits is now threatening the livelihood of thousands of working men and women across this country, your neighbors who work at and publish your local newspaper, jobs that were once supported by the classified ads that have migrated to the most free (or low-cost) Craigslist.

Will Craigslist inadvertently stop the presses? I don’t want the physical newspaper to disappear from my life. As strange as it seems, it’s totally possible.

I’m all for the Internet and progress through technology… but I’m also all for the newspaper. I have no idea where to stand on this.