Forget The Good News, This Time It’s About The Drama

The last time the folks over at invited me on their program, it was to talk about the good news stories in the field. But in the wake of this season’s bumper crop of labor disputes, it’s time to take a longer, harder look at the reality surrounding some of those scenarios. Granted, if you’re expecting some sort of Fox News for Culture approach*, then prepare for disappointment.

Instead, I expect it to be more akin to the sort of Minnesota Orchestra Redline Agreement analysis we started earlier this week, but in talking head format. And since the show isn’t until Sunday morning, you have a bit of time to let me know what you think the show should cover. So don’t be shy, take a moment to send in a comment with your suggestion(s).


The crew from and me.


Sunday, October 28th at 11:00am(ish) Eastern.


The 2012/13 bumper crop of labor disputes.


*From me at least, I can’t speak for the SoundNotion crew.

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9 Responses to Forget The Good News, This Time It’s About The Drama

  1. Dave Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    I’m expecting you to bring your best Dick Morris!


    • Drew McManus Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      How about balancing that universe with James Carvel?

      • Dave Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 9:20 am #

        You’re on!

  2. Dana Brown (@pianobug) Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Maybe a comparison of orchestra approaches to deficits & negotiation tactics/styles say Indy, MN &/or Atlanta (lockouts) vs. Chicago (strikes) vs. Jax (play & talk) vs. Toronto & Baltimore (not looking at salary cuts). Okay, that may take more time than you have.

    • Drew McManus Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      That’s not a bad idea at all Dana; granted, I agree it might take quite a bit more back-story and context setting than time provides but you never know.

  3. William Safford Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Here’s a question for them to cover: Why is it the musicians who are punished for the failures of management and/or boards?

    After all, the musicians do their jobs, which is to create music, yet they are the ones being locked out, denied pay, and denied health insurance.

    Management and/or the boards are the ones who are failing at their jobs, a major one being raising the funds to pay the musicians. Yet are they the ones being locked out of their jobs and being denied health insurance? No.

    By locking out the musicians, management and/or the boards are failing at their raison d’être, which is to facilitate the production of live music.

    This important fact is rarely discussed.

  4. frank Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    There is no ‘ negotiation ‘ going on in Minnesota. Its been take it or leave it since the start, as far as I can tell.

  5. Amy Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    When did tone-deafness become a management practice? MO is still asking donors to pony up while they have their boots on the necks of musicians. It seems such an incredible disconnect…”We thank our patrons for their continued support…hey, players? Would you keep that shouting down, please? We’re trying to run a business here.”
    Management seems confident that players don’t matter and patrons don’t care.

    • lee4713 Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

      They are wrong on both counts. And yes, I’ve been getting phone calls and emails as well, not to mention “special offers” for VIP packages.

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