WJMJ Format Changes Draw Response

WJMJ Format Changes Draw Response

There are 19 comments on the Hartford Courant story from May 2, 2008, titled WJMJ Format Changes Draw Response. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

I was very distressed, as I think many listeners will be, to learn of the planned changes in programming at WJMJ organized by the Rev.

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Mary Tuffen

Yantic, CT

#1 May 2, 2008
As a devout Roman Catholic,I srongly oppose the elimination of religious broadcasts of ALL faiths from WJMJ's programing.No matter how much the Rev. Westcott feels that these religions broadcast apostasy,those are their religious beliefs,not ours &,as such,should be given a voice.I dare say some people find our(Roman & Anglo Catholicism) beliefs a little strange,to say the least! The Buddhists say:"There is one God and one heaven,but many ladders with which to reach them."
I'm an American who has lived in the UK for the past 34 years,but I've been over here for the past 18 months on personal and professional business and I want to thank WJMJ for the many hours of listening pleasure they have given me while over here.I shall miss them a great deal when I return to the UK next month.

Monsey, NY

#2 May 3, 2008
Well Fr. Wescott relatism seem to be the Catholic Curch's stock in trade these days. The Church for example has said that capital pushment is immoral yet when Massachusetts Governor Romney and certain members of the legislature attempted to return this barbaric pratice to the state, the Catholic Bishops were silent on the issue. When the State Supreme Court said that under the State Constitution same sex couples could not be denied the right to marry, the hue and cry went out and letters were read in churches in favor of a referndum that would put the civil rights of a certain group of people to the popular vote. Likewise Archbishop Charles Chaput of Colorado suggested in 2004 to his flock that to vote for John kerry was a serious sin because of his pro choice position. It was apparently no sin to vote for his opponent who while Governor of Texas signed 113 death warrants(against Church teaching), wages a a pre emptive and illegal war(ditto), authorized torture (Big time ditto) and gave tax breaks to the wealthiest while cutting social programs for those in need. This teansends relativism it is pure and simple hypocracy.
Deborah Miller

Jupiter, FL

#3 May 3, 2008
well said Mr. Meeds!
Papavar Nudicaule - Wtby

Woodbury, CT

#4 May 4, 2008
To Mr. Meeds: Archbishop Whealon died two bishops ago. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, the present spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of Hartford has no intention of dropping the ball when it comes to ecumenism in Connecticut.
My own opinion is that we could certainly use another Christian radio station in the state. Perhaps, mainline Christian denominations could pool their resources and start one.

United States

#5 May 5, 2008
What station is this on?
Dana Prescott

Rutland, VT

#6 May 29, 2008
It's on WJMJ, 88.9, with a few "repeaters" on different frequencies in the state. The station is also heard very well throughout the central part of Massachusetts, which is where I live.

I've always considered WJMJ to be a perfectly exemplary religious licensee, precisely because of its broad ecumenical scope and outreach. I pointedly (and admiringly) contrast it to the "proliferating popcorn repeaters" of conservative southern-based Evangelical Protestant entities, like "Focus On The Family" from Mississippi, which are pushing a hard-right-wing social and political agenda throughout the United States.

It's WJMJ's historic commitment to a fair balance of mainstream Christian views and teachings which made it such a treasure -- even though its daytime music programming was basically insipid noodling, apparently geared to an "over 70" age demographic.

While I could very easily support the station replacing some of its daytime "musical noodling" with, perhaps, augmented Catholic-oriented programming in significant minority languages like Spanish and Haitian Creole, I believe its proposed "nuking" of all non-Catholic mainstream Christian worship broadcasts is extremely misguided, ill-considered, and deeply distressing. They're on the wrong track here. I hope they "correct their course" before real damage is done.

West Hartford, CT

#7 Jun 3, 2008
I am also very disappointed, and also notice the change in slogan to "Where faith meets life"

I will greatly miss "your ecumenical station for information and inspiration."

Doubt it is the fault of the station managers who are subject to the ruling power of the church,and imagine they are frequently dictated to by their rulers.

I feel for the people who have a love for broadcasting and a passion for the medium of radio and for the work they have tried to do and their spirit, which is being killed by their current ruler.

I hope we will have compassion for the workers in this situation. I wonder if they are all concerned about their own jobs, as many of us are and in order to keep their positions, doing something they enjoy, they have to obey. I wonder if maybe they are hoping to effect change from within and will send good thoughts for them if this is the case.

It certainly cannot be easy for the folks who have worked within this station, supported it, grown it, cherished it and labored over it for years. It is easy to be angry, but I think it would be good for all of us to have a bit of compassion for the people at the station, who are subject to an increasingly dictatorial leadership.

This all was too coincidental with the visit of the Pope - so its kind of obvious how this all came about. The new pope is more a dictator than previous. I don't think it is easy for anyone in the Catholic church just now.

I just think it must be difficult for the local folks who have probably been told to toe the line or lose their jobs. Let's have a bit of compassion for them.(I don't work there by the way)

Perhaps they are trying to "defect in place" and working things out in their own minds.

It wil be interesting to see what comes from the radio tower license which specifies ecumenical broadcasting and classical music.

I'm equally annoyed about the whole thing and it all smells like facism, but at the same time I think our disappointment is misdirected at the workers and station managers.

I will truly miss Sunday's festival of Faith. That was a real mainstay for me. I often listened all day while doing homework, housework, gardening....

G Webb

Colchester, CT

#8 Jun 3, 2008
WJMJ *has* been a great station 24 hours a day, Catholic or not. The appeal to non-Catholics in fact strengthens its own Catholic basis, since otherwise non-(self-absorbed-) Catholics would have no interest in this station whatsoever. Most Catholics would probably find "Catholic Programming" irrelevant too.

It has been a unique tribute to other local ministries that WJMJ supports their messages as well as its own. WJMJ listeners undoubtedly would agree that it is genuinely interesting, inspiring, and enlightening to hear some sort of a common message from a variety of disciplines.

For this listener all this ongoing inspiration and enlightenment has occurred as a serendipitous bonus, since musical selections is the only reason I turn on a radio.

(I must take this opportunity to give highest praise to the dedicated and gifted DJ's and on-air producers of WJMJ.)

So this listener shudders to think of what we have in store from network feeds from the most boring cable network in the world... and what else???

Bolton, CT

#9 Dec 16, 2008
As a Catholic, I consider scripture most perfectly interpreted and transmitted through the Catholic Church. Followers of other religious denominations are free to disagree; indeed, they are free to purchase airtime. I feel it is important we do not dilute the moral teachings handed down for centuries by the Church. It became clear to me that as the scope of Christian-based religious groups was expanded within the WJMJ format, the messages were sometimes inconsistent and morally incompatible.

Harwinton, CT

#10 Feb 16, 2009
I am disapointed by the change, but change comes to all things. There are many things to love about this station - for example, Ivor Hugh is a national treasue - Hartford is very lucky to have him - and Linda Roberts show on Saturday after midnight is just great.

Enfield, CT

#11 Mar 31, 2009
The comments made by Adam prefectly reflect my own opinion.
Lee Smith

Farmington, CT

#12 Apr 6, 2009
Welcome back to Hartford Bruce look forward to listening for a long time to come
Carol and Joe Cutrona

Washington, CT

#13 Apr 24, 2009
In all due respect we like the old format of music better. It was much more enjoyable! Thankyou Carol&Joe ---Southbury , Conn.

Meriden, CT

#14 May 13, 2009
My husband and I have enjoyed the radio station and its morning program of Phil and Ivar for years. I have missed these two and especially the "unique" oldies Ivar would pull out of "storage." However, unfortunately good things must come to an end.

We enjoy listening to Bruce Stevens. Was he a DJ for WTIC am? WTIC was another terrific station to listen to, but again the format has changed. I don't feel we can ever find another Bob Steele!
Again, times are changing.

Continue playing your classical music. And I am glad Ivar is still doing "Good Evening, Good Music."
Harry Derwent Thoma

Shelton, CT

#15 May 21, 2009
Being one baptised, confirmed, and twice married in the Anglican Cathoic Church,(My dear first wife having perished in 1995 my second wed being in 1999), I find much comfort in the Ecuminicality of your (our) radio station, WJMJ.

I particularly enjoy, amongst others, Mr Ivan Hugh and his exquisit musical programming,

As Mr. Hugh, I am also a Welshman; but from a far north area of Cymru. I was born in Brynteg, Ynys Mon (Anglsy) and am quite conversant in my first and native language, Cymraig. I should be honoured to have a brief converse with your Mr. Ivor Hugh whether or not yn dyn Hugh yn dyall Siarad Cymraig (with out regard to his ability understand Welsh)

Iechid Da a chi, a'r cariad fawr yn DDW
(Giid health to you and great love to GOD.)

Harry Derwent Thomas
Barbara and Mike

Warren, NJ

#16 Aug 17, 2009
My husband and I would like to thank your Station for the wonderful mix of music you now play. We were ready to subscribe to Satellite Radio in our home and car so you saved us alot of money.
The radio is on almost all day, every day. No more horrible commercials,no more listening to 2 or 3 hosts all talking over eachother-just calm, unhurried hosts. It's also nice to hear familiar voices that had been on other Stations.
We appreciate your new format and enjoy it alot. Thank you.
Mixed-marriage couple

Worcester, MA

#17 Oct 8, 2009
My husband and I both love your station and listen at home and in the car. I am catholic and he is not. No problem there with your program or our lives. We would love to listen at work and wonder if that on-line listening at work will ever become available ? We hope so!
Tom Martin

Ashfield, MA

#18 Dec 12, 2009
I think it's simply terrible that Linda Roberts is no longer on overnight on Saturday night/Sunday morning with her "Nightlight" program. I really enjoyed the old music from my parents' days. No other station on the air played those old records, and now WJMJ doesn't, either. Two thumbs down.
Dean from Downeast Maine

Lewiston, ME

#20 Aug 9, 2013
Prior to moving to Maine we were residents of Simsbury CT for over 13 years. My brother and I went from junior high through high school, college and a technical school all within this period and throughout always enjoyed listening to WJMJ whenever in our car or at home.

Today with the internet, purchased two internet radios and in the recent two years was ecstatic to discover WJMJ was accessible. I was saddened though to listen and find that the stations music format had changed. I was and am hopeful that maybe that format may sometime change back. So much of the current music is covered by so many other stations these days and even with all the internet stations available world wide I have yet to stumble on just one that plays the music of the original format.

I do tune in from time to time and will allow the station to play but when a musical number seems to stray from that 'comfort' level I remember I turn it off.

Please bring back the 'Former' format- you have my definite vote for that when needed.

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