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December 3, 2009 11:02 AM Subscribe
Just curious-filter: Who chooses music for talk radio, and how do they do it?
posted by peachfuzz to grab bag (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
On the big NPR shows, there will always be a piece of out music after an interview or report. I'm curious about who chooses it, and how - sometimes it makes (perhaps dubious) sense with the context of the piece (i.e., the opening bars of "Barracuda" after a piece about Sarah Palin), and you'd think it was selected ahead of time and planned for, but occasionally it indicates some fast footwork on someone's part - this is a silly example, but a few weeks ago a commentator used the word "beshert" at the end of a piece that had nothing to do with Judaism or Yiddish or anything remotely related, and the out music was, bizarrely, a snippet from Yentl. Weird! Is it just some associate producer with a sense of silly humor? Who's involved in making that call?
Larger question - how does music, er, work in a format like this? Do radio stations have huge libraries of music available at all times that they have the rights to play? Or does someone need to think of something and then chase it down?