Bob Baker's

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What's Wrong with American Idol?

It's back. The new season of the hugely popular "reality" show is once again setting viewership records. I admit it's great fun to watch, but what worries me is the misguided impression the show gives the public (including aspiring artists) about the modern "realities" of pursuing a music career.

In the spring of 2004, midway through season three, I launched a personal campaign to set the record straight. One of the things I did was write a What's Wrong with American Idol? manifesto that identified the music biz myths the show perpetuates. In addition, you might enjoy hearing a radio interview I did with Bill Reker on KMOX (1120 AM) in St. Louis.

Click the triangle play button to hear it (excuse the AM radio hiss):