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To the editors:

You have been publishing some good stuff lately in the Reader.

I am always pleased to read David Futrelle's book review articles. His latest, "The Politics of Pornography" (December 10), continues his consistently high standard of criticism and penetrating social observation.

Michael Miner's reporting on the upheaval at WBEZ radio [Hot Type, November 26 and December 10] helped me to understand how one of my favorite deejays, Stuart Rosenberg, got fired, but the best commentary on the situation is Jennifer Berman's wonderfully caustic cartoon "WBEZZZZZ: Bumper Stickers for the New Regime" (December 24). (Her NAFTA cartoon [December 17] was great, too.)

For the rest of you deprived radio junkies, I suggest tuning a little further down the dial. Between 88 and 92 MHz you can find a number of interesting college radio stations with varied programming. Here on the north side, I recommend Northwestern University's WNUR and Northeastern Illinois University's WZRD. WNUR, at about 89.5 MHz, has a wide range of music programming, including jazz, classical, rock, hip-hop, folk, reggae, and blues.

WZRD, at about 88.3 MHz, has a weak signal (evidence of a shoestring budget), but its music programming could define the "free-form" concept. Within two hours with the same deejay, you might hear jazz, punk, Vivaldi, folk, occasionally interrupted by a comedic monologue from Woody Allen or a political perspective from Jello Biafra or The Nation. And twice a day WZRD broadcasts the Pacifica radio network news. Unlike WBEZ, which appears to be dominated by the business interests of the wealthier classes, WZRD's social perspective is not unlike that of David Futrelle (or of myself, for that matter).

Finally, although I do entirely agree with Futrelle that "it makes no sense to deny [the] fantasies" depicted in pornography, I would really rather not see them pictured in the Reader. Like your "Letters" correspondent ("Sex for Sale," December 24), I find the "bared tits" advertisements insulting, and sexist.

A. Christopher Wilson

W. North Shore

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