Lost TV contract for July 4 concert is music to his ears

Termination of the national TV broadcast is great news for the half million Bostonians who crowd the Esplanade for the July 4 concert and fireworks (“July 4 fireworks gala loses its national pop,” Page A1, June 16). Reshaping the evening for a 10 p.m. network broadcast corrupted the actual event by requiring a second sequence of redundant performances and an unduly late start for the fireworks.

Let’s hope the program organizers take advantage of this opportunity to restore the original format, with the cannon blasts at the end of the “1812 Overture” leading directly into the stunning fireworks display, as they once did before the television tail wagged the concert dog.

Richard F. Olivo


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