You make some good points in your article about radio in; Orlando ["Notable Noise," Jan. 5], but I have noticed that this problem is one; mainly here in Orlando.
Many smaller and midsized markets have excellent; programming that is almost always located at the left end of the dial. I have; lived in the area for about 12 years now and I've grown down with the radio; waves in this area. 104.1 does have some good programs but is also very limited; because they only stick with one or two genres.
When I utter those same words "radio sucks," the; attachment, "in Orlando" should go with it. The best close radio station in the; area is 88.5-FM WMNF in Tampa. If you check their website, wmnf.org, you'll see; that their programming is 360 degrees of tuneage, but there is news and talk.
Two other formidable stations that broadcast live on the; web are WFUV (wfuv.org) and WFMU (wfmu.org); both have archived playlists with; set lists for review before playing. You should check those out. Since I; downloaded iTunes for free now I can listen to some great radio stations that; are practically all over the planet.
I don't have XM in my car and am a lesser person for it.; But by all means, radio doesn't suck. Orlando radio sucks. Just like they can't; get many good bands to come here anymore. It's an F'd up market with a bunch of; dweebs that just aren't tuned in.;;
Jim Wills, Clermont
Seriously, what the hell is going on here? Do you people; realize how many talented artists are in Orlando alone, not to mention Florida,; and you're putting the absolute worst shit I have ever seen on the cover of; your paper?
When you compare this paper to out-of-town papers,; there's a clear decline in quality on behalf of the Orlando Weekly; where you; used to have interesting illustrations, you now have cheap, effortless crap; smeared across the cover.
You're lucky it's a free paper, otherwise no one would; buy this garbage. It's ugly, it's boring, it's badly done and it's an insult to; the illustrators out there who wouldn't mind having their work published.; Instead we see some crap that took a total of maybe five minutes in Photoshop,; and insipid badly composed cartoons with Santa, of all things. Nothing is; pushing across the gist of your cover story, nothing is well-done and it just; flat-out sucks.
Clearly something needs fixing, whether it's who you ask; or how much you pay, but your paper just looks like a joke. You realize you; have people snickering at it, right? I couldn't even be bothered to pick the; stupid thing up.;;
Jennifer Pennington, Winter Park
Loved by gay Republicans
[Your] articles and columns are a scream, from your; weekly thrashing of all things conservative/establishment to Ms. Thang Manes'; semi-comprehensible musings to Mr. Schneider's attempts to channel Liz Langley.
Regarding the aforementioned Ms. Langley's traitorous; ship-jumping (doubtless for fame and money — such a conservative/establishment; maneuver; the nerve of that broad): I wish I could've been at the; burning-in-effigy ceremony at her departure — who was the master/mistress of; ceremonies, Mr. Schneider or Ms. Manes?
Your continuous needling of the Sentinel is hilarious,; even if it does smack of a rather serious case of journalistic penis envy.
Keep up the excellent work. I know I can always count on; a giggle or 12 from whatever bee is buzzing in your collective bonnets; the; paper redefines the phrase "loony left" every week.
Oh … did I mention I'm a gay Rush Limbaugh fan and voted; for W twice?;;
Gene Lessard, Orlandoletters@orlandoweekly.com