If this is the final Fourth on the Esplanade, it is a homicide. Pure and simple, it was killed by CBS.
David Mugar has given the keys to the kingdom to CBS, a national broadcast in exchange for letting CBS dictate the show. As I write this, the Boston Pops are performing the 1812 Overture at 8:45 p.m., long before the fireworks.
I guess the national audience (or at least CBS) doesn’t want the 1812 Overture to pollute the national airwaves. So now we have the cannons leading into two hours of nationally staged garbage.
Can someone explain to me what Little Big Town, Demi Lovato, and Nick Jonas have to do with Boston? How do they fit into a little gathering of patriotic songs, the 1812 Overture, cannons, and the fireworks?
If someone wants to broadcast our happy little Boston party, as is, great. It was a wonderful little event of songs, the Overture, cannons, and some fireworks. Live stream it. Bring in C-Span. Just don’t mess with it. Let it be the simple little Boston celebration that it was from the beginning.
Until CBS releases its claws from the neck of of our happy, funky little local event, let the Boston Pops Fourth of July event rest in peace, where the sweet memories of the original event aren’t polluted by the destruction brought forth by CBS.
Simply stated, I would rather have nothing than the travesty that is the CBS national broadcast.