While the mindlessness of corporate radio seems to spiral further down that dark and twisty spiral into an abyss of nothing (for the most part), it's nice to see that noncommercial radio is doing their best to shine successfully.
This week the best of the best in noncommercial radio have teamed up to launch the new "NPR Music" Multimedia site. Ten stations consisting of KEXP (Seattle), KUT (Austin), WBGO (Newark), WDUQ (Pittsburgh), WFUV (New York), WNYC (New York), WGBH (Boston), WGUC (Cincinnati), WKSU (Folk Alley/Kent, OH), WXPN (Philadelphia) and KLPU (Seattle/Tacoma) will be joining forces with NPR to create NPR.org/music. The website will feature on-air and online content that acts as an RSS feed from each station's site. There will also be interviews, album reviews, live performances, blogs and more from each station. Additionally there will be an exclusive media player that will allow users to create a play list for audio and video (from 2004-present), and makes suggestions for related content depending on a user's selections.
While there are some other NPR stations that are favorites of ours that are not currently participating, we have to wonder if they will hop on board down the line. Either way, I applaud noncommercial radio for continuing to provide the best in content, and for rising above traditional boundaries.