One of the reasons I discontinued my 4MBS membership several years ago, although I have perhaps unwisely continued to make donations, was the failure of the management of the station to realise that 4MBS is a Brisbane station, not a southern station, but almost every year the manager of our station requires almost all of his listeners to travel to an unmentionable place if they want to go on the Classic Concerts Cruise.
It happened this year, not for the first time, and quite unbelievably it will happen again next year; do the manager and his advisers realise that refusing to cater to its Brisbane base is inconsiderate, unreasonable and prohibitively expensive for many of us? Is the cruise for silvertails and southerners only? And well-paid managers of course.
Not only that but the next cruise features what appears to be a Sin City based trio, not one from Brisbane. Unbelievable.
"4MBS Classic FM is Brisbane's fine music radio station and arts organisation".
That's what it says on the 4MBS website; note the word Brisbane, manager, and the apostrophe S. But 4MBS management wants us to travel a thousand kilometres (each way) at our own extra expense and get a cruise from there, when we could get a similar cruise here in Brisbane at considerably less cost while also saving about twelve hours total, given airport travel and check-in times.
Management will claim that there are more cruises from Sydney, with bigger and more appropriate vessels, and I say that is burying your head in the sand and giving in to the southerners instead of doing the right thing by your listeners. We are not in Sydney, manager.
Let me remind you again, manager, you manage a Brisbane classical music station, and as much as you may enjoy swanning down to another place, your loyalty is to your Brisbane listeners and supporters.
The mere fact that you are doing it yet again is, I suppose, evidence that I am banging my head against a stone wall; your travel and indeed your time is paid for you, manager, but I pay for my own travel, and it would be far preferable popping over to Hamilton and back (total time say three hours, than getting a cab or uber to the airport and back and then to wherever the ship is in Sydney and reverse the whole journey, total time probably twelve hours).
The inconvenience factor is enormous, manager.
A last word, manager:
The Classic Concerts Cruise has been operating for 22 years and in that time only about 4 groups have not been from Brisbane – and even then they included Queensland musicians in their ranks. We do try to have the cruises go from Brisbane whenever we can as it is more convenient for our Brisbane passengers. But we also look to vary the itinerary of the cruise and this means accepting the Sydney departures when necessary.
Several factors determine the port of departure and these are beyond our control. Brisbane departures are sometimes not available when we want to schedule the annual cruise to a particular destination – we do try to vary the destination from year to year. For the 2018 cruise, the opportunity to be on the inaugural Australian cruise of the Majestic Princess was the motivation. While the ship is calling in to Brisbane on its way to Sydney, it is not taking passengers aboard in Brisbane. The Streeton Trio had been keen to be part of the Classic Concerts Cruise for several years – they are based in Europe for some time each year so their availability was also a factor.
So, many factors come in to play in deciding the performers, timing, destination and port of departure of the cruise – it is a real juggling act.
I myself relish a Brisbane departure for all the reasons you state, convenience, time etc but it is not always possible.
I hope this provides an insight into the things we have to consider in planning the annual cruise.
4MBS Classic FM.
While I don't entirely agree with that sentiment, I do agree that this is Brisbane, not Sydney, and that all 4MBS cruises should start from Brisbane.
You may get a free trip to Sydney, sport, but most of us don't.
You also may be young enough to do it, but most of us aren't.
Do the right thing by your listeners, Gary, instead of by yourself.
Just for a change.
Please see the above response to "Gentleman Bob" written by Gary Thorpe, 4MBS General Manager, on why the Classic Concerts Cruise has occasionally left from Sydney rather than Brisbane.
4MBS Classic FM is Brisbane's fine music radio station and arts organisation