Letters from the week of December 1, 2005

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Letters from the week of December 1, 2005

Murder, one: Hey, guys. Have a little respect for the community. That death pool was in poor taste in Leawood, and it's in poor taste in the Pitch (Backwash, November 17).

I get your paper every week and do like it and support you taking on topics most people won't touch, but this doesn't help anything. Please cancel the contest.

Jeff Denny
Kansas City, Missouri

Phantom Planet
To the Max: Regarding Ben Paynter's "A Different Planet," (November 10): It's disheartening when your favorite radio station changes its format without warning. Life is even worse when the station's new format is music you hate. But the worst of it all — the absolute crying shame on our radio dial — is not about how many alternative/pop/Top40 /urban/metal/mix stations we have available. The embarrassment in the Kansas City radio market is what we don't have: a full-time jazz station.

If you search your radio dial, you can sometimes get lucky and find a few hours of jazz on KKFI 90.1 and other public radio stations, and the blues on KCFX 101.1 if the Chiefs aren't playing that day. But in a city whose very name is synonymous with jazz, this is disgraceful. St. Louis has no fewer than three stations devoted to jazz and blues. With Kansas City's long history of being one of the stepping stones for many jazz legends, there should be room on our dial for one station devoted to jazz.

If Mr. Boeger or any of the other radio leaders in the Kansas City market would like to explore this idea, I would love to get on board and help make it a success.

Brian Watts
Kansas City, Missouri

All wired up: Two years ago, my wife and I moved to Kansas City from Denver, which has one of the best stations in the country, KBCO 97.3 out of Boulder, Colorado. We were convinced it was the inspiration for 97.3 the Planet, which played the same music.

Paynter's analysis seemed right on and somewhat obvious to those of us who live in that 18-to-34-year-old range. We have been disconnected from the land-line world and been telemarketer-free for over five years. Why does this powerful, disposable-income-producing group not swing its weight around?

One possible answer: When I tuned in to the Planet and realized they had been pulled, I thought, Oh, well, I guess I'll just have to throw in one of my 3,000 CDs. And my wife thought, This would be a good time to get that iPod.

We don't have the time or patience to deal with moronic moves that seemingly affect us; we just move where we want to go. We are the "electronic herd" that Thomas Friedman introduces in The Lexus and The Olive Tree, and the Planet's music was a representation of how a lot of us think. We don't hold one-sided points of view or listen to the same genre of music over and over and over. So it goes in the rest of our lives — we might have voted for Clinton, then Bush, then Kerry. We might have followed Christ, then Buddha, then string theory.

I wish those radio folks could have understood they might have had the best and biggest listening audience in the

Kansas City market. But no time to discuss that now ... I have a phone call coming in over the Internet.

Ron Mayer
Kansas City, Missouri

Maine Chance
Prophett sharing: I am a big local-music supporter. After reading the article in the Pitch (Listen Here, November 10) about Prophett Maine I went to 7th Heaven to pick up a copy. I was quite impressed.

Prophett Maine and his crew are on a completely different level than most of these cats in KC. Much props to Prophett Maine and GTM. Love the beats, love the lyrics and love the rapper. I feel like music is coming back to Kansas City. Can't wait for another one.

Name withheld by request

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