Harry Potter-philes fell under a spell for our exclusive first look at the upcoming Chamber of Secrets (#657, June 7). ”As soon as I saw Daniel Radcliffe on the cover, I screamed in excitement,” exclaims Rebecca Overholt from Palmyra, N.J. ”I immediately called my friends to tell them about your spread.” But it’s another Potter player that has bewitched Callie Watkins of Sapulpa, Okla.: ”Harry Potter is cute as a button, but Alan Rickman’s Snape keeps me as turned on as any romance book could….” Meanwhile, readers feel hexed by ABC, which is trading in Politically Incorrect’s Bill Maher for The Man Show’s Jimmy Kimmel. ”Maher is smart enough to push some boundaries, and I respect him for it,” says Bret Fetzer of Seattle. ”His show is often the only forum on television for some alarmingly significant topics.” Is Kimmel man enough for that challenge?
Harry Carry On
Thank you so much for the cover story on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! My 10-year-old daughter and I were both thrilled with the story and pictures. I’m sure that you will have some complaints from those who think that these stories are only for kids, but my advice to them would be to read the books. ANITA BOYLE firstname.lastname@example.org Rexburg, Ind.
As a former FM morning jock, I read your article and the words of Lee Abrams, chief programming officer of XM Satellite Radio, with great interest (”Radio Heads”). Abrams’ complaints about the repetitive aspects of FM were especially amusing, considering they were the same complaints I had when his company (Burkhart/Abrams) ”tightened” our playlist in the early ’80s by cutting the ”fat” — the interesting songs that gave FM its depth.
Then, it was Abrams pushing for the cheesy sound effects, obnoxious contests, and canned DJ patter he now derides. It was his company that gave birth to the gruesome FM monolith.
Thank your lucky stars, XM listeners — Dr. Frankenstein is here to save you from the monster he created years ago. STEVE GELDER Laphboy@aol.com Raleigh, N.C.
MR. ABRAMS RESPONDS: Some of the devices that Mr. Gelder derides were indeed fresh and cutting-edge when I pushed them 30 years ago, but I never dreamed program directors would keep using those now-tired routines into the third millennium, which is why they would set off the XM ”cliche buzzer.”
Satellite radio is not the answer to good radio, much like cable TV is not the answer to good TV. Both just give you more choices of crap.
Radio is categorized, and it ought to be. Only a slim number of people would like to hear Ja Rule, Rusted Root, Barry Manilow, and Dwight Yoakam on the same radio station. If you are actually looking for a station that will play Norah Jones, B-Tribe, Ned Otter, etc., then look for your closest college radio station. Give them a good listen. I guarantee you that after 30 minutes of pure hell, you will switch back to a Clear Channel Radio station because we play the hits. STEVE SMITH Production Director/Imaging Director, Clear Channel Steven.Smith@ClearChannel.com Lebanon, N.H.