"Arts Connection" comes to an end



Got a note from Becky Morgan, producer of the Arts Connection radio program on WMFE, announcing her dismissal from the station after six years รข?? and before that, Ben Brotemarkle was the voice of the show he founded in 1992.

It was unexpected, even though last August WMFE started a television version of Arts Connection, and cut back Becky's hour-long show into 30 minutes and moved it to Thursday instead of the show's signature Friday evening. (FYI, I've had the pleasure of working with Debra Lindgren, the producer of the TV version, and she's sharp.)

Until last year, the radio Arts Connection was the only local programming left at WMFE after the station made drastic cutbacks years ago, with promises of new local programming down the road. (Read "On the Comeback at WMFE: Local Programming.")

The station claims it's just the part of the cost of doing business in a weak economy and that they can't justify spending the money to keep the show afloat.

But stepping away from the alleged "business-only" decision, I have to say that I'm going to miss listening to Becky's interviews that were fueled with her passion for the local arts. She worked her butt off to get Arts Connection on the air every week, and she did a damn fine job. We're going to miss her.

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