I used to listen to KCME all week long, ever since we moved here in 1992. I love classical music, but jazz on Saturdays complemented a relaxing morning with coffee and a good book. Lenny Mazel's knowledge base expanded my appreciation of jazz, and many of the jazz recordings in my CD collection are there because of his insight. Now every time I hear a radio personality say "all-classical KCME" I feel like it's a slap in the face from the station - they may as well say "you are listening to no-jazz KCME" and it would say the same thing. What rubbed salt into the wound was the backhanded way that Jeanna Werning made the change, waiting until Spring Break and shocking listeners as they returned from vacation. Although Brad makes a good point for specialization, a look at the Colorado Springs radio stations reveals a very limited appeal, with most of the stations falling into pop, rap, Spanish, or Christian formats. I guess Colorado Springs is just not cosmopolitan enough to support a truly discriminating and diversified musical palette. I miss you Lenny, and hope you are broadcasting jazz at another station soon.
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