Monday, November 10, 2008

Sympathy for the Music Industry: WPLN

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Today our local NPR affiliate began a series about the music industry in Nashville.

The recording industry is eight years into the worst downturn in decades, shaken by a revolution in how people discover and obtain music. That’s left Nashville’s star-making major labels in a precarious position, while a new music business is being born on and off Music Row.

This morning, we’re launching the series Music City Remixed: Transition In An Industry Town. Every Monday for the next six weeks, WPLN’s Craig Havighurst will report how Nashville is adapting to historic change and what Music Row might look like after the shakeout.

The first installment, which aired this morning, seems geared at people who've been living under a rock (but not listening to rock) for the past, oh, three years. Not much new here: CD sales are down, the industry is dying, maybe you care (but you probably don't), etc. But it is first in the series, so I'm hoping it gets a little more interesting as it goes on, as WPLN generally does a pretty good job with their local features.

In case you didn't catch the story this morning, you can stream it over at the WPLN website.

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