WBEZ defers to iPods, angers music fans

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Reuters reports on WBEZ’s decision to scrap music programming in favor of a 24-hour news and public affairs format, a move partially motivated by the growing popularity of the iPod as music lovers’ platform of choice. But not all music lovers, apparently. “We feel very empty . . . [i]t seems like a decision that was made arbitrarily and without the input of listeners,” said Mike Widdell, co-founder of protest/petition site savethemusiconwbez.org. Said WBEZ g.m. Torey Malatia: “This is a major decision for us and we knew it would have a strong reaction from people.”