Michael Henson on a Call In Program (!) (!) (!)

I was just about to fall asleep when I jolted wide wide awake with the realization:

I DIDN’T BLOG ABOUT THE MPR CALL-IN PROGRAM YET! I only mentioned it on my Facebook page! Argh! I’m dropping the ball! *wink*

So here’s the deal… Courtesy of the musicians’ Facebook page

Minnesota Orchestra Principal Cellist and Negotiating Committee member, Tony Ross, and CEO Michael Henson will be guests on MPR’s The Daily Circuit tomorrow, Friday the 15th, at 11AM to discuss the lockout with host Tom Weber. Please tune in and call in with your questions!

You can listen online by tuning into MPRnews.org.

My readers are fantastic and lovely and so very knowledgeable, and I trust you’ll come up with some good questions. So please call in! Don’t be shy about doing so!! I only ask that you please keep things respectful, and remember that 99% of listeners are just tuning into this conflict for the first time. Make a good first impression with those people. The facts are all on our side. Let those facts speak for themselves. Don’t. Be. Rude. Thanks, all. xoxo

There is still some confusion as to whether this segment will be archived on MPR’s website. Even if it’s not, I’ll find a way to get a transcription for you after it’s over… I have my methods.

And on a closing note, thank you, Michael Henson, for agreeing to this. I mean that sincerely, and from the bottom of my heart. Thank you. Yes, I wish it would have happened months ago, and I get the vibe that it’s probably too little too late, but better late than never, you know? I really appreciate it. And I’m very interested in hearing what you have to say.

EDIT: By the way, for those of you who are shy on the phone… I just noticed that Orchestrate Excellence had a Facebook status update earlier…

Call in a question or comment to MPR’s Daily Circuit by calling 651-227-6000 or 800-242-2828. E-mail a question or comment during the show via the “Send Us a Question” box on mprnews.org. You can also join the conversation on Facebook by visiting The Daily Circuit online or tweet with #DailyCircuit.

I also noticed there’s already a page up about the story, with the ability to have Disqus comments. That’s here. I’m guessing that hosts might be keeping an eye on that throughout the show. So do with that info as you will…

“See” you tomorrow! Can’t wait to talk to everybody about what you think. I’ll probably be live-blogging my reactions on my Song of the Lark Facebook page; feel free to join in there.

OK. I think I’m finally going to sleep now. A blogger’s work is never done… ;)


Filed under Labor Disputes, Minnesota Orchestra

2 responses to “Michael Henson on a Call In Program (!) (!) (!)

  1. Zach

    Well, that was underwhelming and frustrating. Mr. Weber gave Mr. Henson far more time to talk about how “responsible” and “adult” the board is being than for Tony to respond. And I hope, for MPR’s sake, that Peter called in relatively late, since they cut him off…

  2. Terry

    I agree that Michael Henson was given too much time to babble on and on, thus ensuring that only a few calls/questions could be taken. And did the very first call-in question have to be from the FoxNews-like zombie?

    At the same time, Tony Ross made it perfectly clear to everyone (and the MPR listening audience is music-savvy, to say the very least) that the “Henson scheme” will result in an orchestra of lesser quality. It was also apparent that Henson and the executive committee of the board are just fine with that, and they won’t lose any sleep if Osmo goes elsewhere, either, it seems.

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