So while I was away, enLighten, the XM/Sirius sat-rad station for southern gospel, was slated to be kicked off the satellite feed and relegated to the online-only roster, became the cause celebre of a chorus of professionals and fans protesting the plan, and has now been given a reprieve and will remain on the sat-rad feed as XM 18, at least, perhaps, for now.
I can’t imagine any fan of southern gospel music (including me) who isn’t pleased with this turn of events. Still, I confess, when I first saw the emails start circulating to Save enLigthen!, my initial response was mostly: meh.
Regular readers who recall my ongoing dissatisfaction with the station’s song selection will probably not be surprised by this. But it’s been gratifying to see that I’m not the only one who feels this way, even if up until now I’ve been in the minority of people willing to say so publicly, Here’s Mark Trammell in a timely open letter to enLighten management after XM/Sirius spared the station:
In light of this, we (as artists) should all take stock of what we are making available to you for airplay, to make sure it is at a standard and quality that well represents the best of what our industry has to offer to the world. I for one, do not wish any ill will toward anyone who sings a gospel song. However. These same folks who helped save Enlighten have come to my table night after night asking me what they can do to encourage Enlighten to play MORE of the “good stuff” as one lady called it.
Just so (the full letter is here).
My hunch is that the groundswell of support for keeping enLigthen on the satellite feed had more to do with a)artists/writers effectively mobilizing to save a reliable income stream and b)the fact that everybody likes to have a cause to rally ’round.
What this outpouring of support probably wasn’t about primarily was the quality of enLighten’s song mix, which is reliably mediocre, not infrequently execrable, and often downright unlistenable. Here’s hoping enLighten sees the light and turns things around, so that if this kinda situation recurs, southern gospel will have a satellite radio station more worth fighting for.Email this Post