We got an email from Howard Glassman, and as soon as we glanced at the subject line, we knew something was very wrong.
It read simply, “Thanks for everything.”
Inside he wrote, “I just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that the General Manager’s position here at The Linda has been eliminated, and effective immediately I will be moving on.”
Even with all of WAMC-FM’s on-air fundraising, it seems as though Glassman has become another victim of the current economic downturn. Money crunch. Belt-tightening. Allocation of funds. Whatever euphemism you want to use, Glassman is out of a job.
But of course, he’s not out of “show biz.” He’s still got Valentine’s Music Hall. And then, there are the occasional Grainbelt show. And now there’s time for a possible Coal Palace Kings reunion or two. Maybe the Dugans, too.
And, yes, The Linda: WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio will carry on, as well. From now on, Graeme McKenna – who has been the associate general manager – will be coordinating the productions at the theater.
Glassman leaves behind a considerable legacy, having presented countless excellent musicians who would have otherwise likely bypassed Albany – great shows from Mark Eitzel, David “Fathead” Newman, Sam Phillips and so many others. And there are still upcoming concerts that Glassman booked – the Gourds on September 28, Jimmy Webb on November 5 and Eilen Jewell on December 3.
Thanks for everything, Howard…