busting on bust

i generally love “bust magazine”:http://www.bust.com/ , but there’s an article in the most recent issue that pissed me off.

it’s about the women of independent NJ radio station “WFMU”:http://www.wfmu.org/ . i’ll probably write bust a letter, but at the moment i think i’m gonna work out some thoughts in blog form.

this is one of the bits that i really object to:

“Maybe the techniness of radio has been daunting to women, or maybe the utter guy-ish-ness of record collecting has slowed their entry into the field, along with a helping of good old-fashioned marginalization and sexism.”

now take this in combination with the fact that the article mentions college radio only once:

“Nearly every one of the on-air women has a background in college radio…”

and doesn’t ever mention any other form of non-commercial radio (NPR? hello?), internet radio, pirate radio, microchannel… and whatever else i’m forgetting, so the premise that there’s a lack of women in radio, except in certain types of roles which mainstream radio forces them into, is not a very well supported or well inspected one.

even if it were supported, the theories the author advances for why this might be are really pretty offensive.

now of course, my experience of radio is pretty much limited to college, and my personal experience extends mainly to wqfs, wxdu, and to some limited degree wxyc and wknc.

however, i can assure you that wqfs and wxdu have _not_ had a lack of women involved at all levels for at least the last… um 15 years? and this article is all congratulatory toward wfmu because they’ve got a handful of female dejays now as compared to almost none five years ago.

“The other day, five of us gals were all in one of the studios together and it nearly blew station manager Ken [Freedman]’s mind,” says Kelly. “He’d never seen that many girls in one place at the station before.”

Oh, good for you, FMU. Five girls in ONE PLACE at ONE TIME! You deserve an article!