Saturday, March 14, 2015

MARCUS SMITH AND ERIC GLISSMEYER SAY NO TO SATURDAY AFTERNOON METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KBYU-FM

The managers of KBYU-FM are driving the classical music station into oblivion. I refer to Marcus Smith and Eric Glissmeyer.

About a year ago, they cancelled Saturday Afternoon Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. Why? They claimed some listeners were unhappy with opera broadcasts. I surmise, they did it because Marcus Smith did not want to pay the fees for licensing the Met broadcasts, and, besides, he gives me the impression not to like or appreciate opera.

Today, for example, The Met's featured opera is La Donna Del Lago, starring the great Peruvian tenor, Juan Diego Florez, and Joyce DiDonato. But if you listen to KBYU for your classical music, you won't be able to hear Florez or DiDonato in Rossini's sweet opera because Smith and Glissmeyer decided last year to terminate Met broadcasts.  

What a shame these guys are in control!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

STOP KUED-TV FUND DRIVE FEBRUARY 27 THROUGH MARCH 15, 2015

KUED_TV, owned and operated by the University of Utah, is conducting yet another disruptive fund drive.  KUED conducts at least four drives a year, some of which, like this one, go for more than two whole weeks.

I say, no more! I am weary with all these KUED on-air drives that seek viewers checks and pledges. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

KBYU-TV— STOP ON AIR FUNDRAISING FEBRUARY 27 TO MARCH 14 2015

I call upon managers at KBYU-TV to stop all on-air fundraising.  KBYU began this latest fund drive on Friday, February 27, and appears to be continuing these annoying fund appeals until Saturday, March 14. This period totals more than two weeks in length.

First, KBYU-TV is not a public station.  It is wholly owned by Brigham Young University, itself a property of the LDS Church. On the contrary, KBYU is a church station, promoting religious beliefs of the LDS Church. It frequently carries church-sponsored programs. It always broadcasts sessions of the LDS biannual conferences. Thus, because it is not a public station, KBYU has no business using public air waves to seek funds from viewers.

Second, KBYU-TV never releases any financial information about its operations to the public. It never discloses how much are its expenses, or how much it takes in from these frequent on-air fund drives. Moreover, it never reveals how much it pays its managers, or how many persons it employs.

For the above reasons, I argue, KBYU has no business seeking funds through on-air fund drives. Stop this pattern of frequent two-week drives by KBYU, a non-public church-owned station.

Monday, February 09, 2015

KCPW-FM, STOP TRUNCATING BBC NEWS AT 5 PM ON MONDAYS

Why must announcers at KCPW-FM break in to BBC News at 5 PM on Mondays to air reports from the Downtown Alliance? This is truly annoying. I especially blame announcer Roger McDonough, KCPW's News Director, for this unwanted interruption.

If KCPW wants to do a favor to the Downtown Alliance and publicize its activities, do it at some time other than during BBC News!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

KBYU-FM CHURCH STATION CONDUCTS ON AIR DRIVE FEBRUARY 2 TO FEBRUARY 7, 2015

KBYU-FM, owned and operated by LDS Church, is conducting one of its many fund drives this week, February 2 through February 7, 2015.

I argue, KBYU-FM should cease all on air fund Drives. Why? Consider these reasons.

KBYU's managers, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, refuse to divulge any of the station's financials, such as income, the origin of the income, and expenses, including line items that show where the expenses went.  When it comes to financial disclosures, everything is opaque at KBYU-FM.

Furthermore, Glissmeyer and Smith have cut a number of the station's programs, such as the weekly Saturday afternoon live Metropolitan Opera performances, and broadcasts from the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, et al.  KBYU spends hardly anything for programming, yet seeks listener donations at least four times a year.

For these reasons, I argue, KBYU should not go on air seeking listener pledges while it maintains financial secrecy and while it cuts valuable programming.

Monday, January 12, 2015

KBYU-FM SPENDS HARDLY ANY FUNDS ON SYMPHONIC PROGRAMMING

KBYU-FM, owned and operated by Brigham Young University, engages in at least four fund drives during the year.

However, it appears that KBYU, managed by Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, spends little money on classical music broadcasts.  I say, it appears, because Glissmeyer and Smith refuse to make financial statements of KBYU public.

For example, where are KBYU broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic?  There are none regularly scheduled.

Where are programs of the Pittsburgh Symphony aired on KBYU? There are none.

When can we hear performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Gustavo Dudamel? Don't expect to hear them on KBYU.

Where are broadcasts of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra? Again, not on KBYU.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

NO MET BROADCAST OF HANSEL AND GRETEL TODAY ON KBYU-FM

KBYU-FM has been on air some 40 or so years. For most of that time, until last year, KBYU aired performances of the Metropolitan Saturday Afternoon Opera live from Lincoln Center.

But all this ended when Marcus Smith and Eric Glissmeyer decided to make a radical change in KBYU's schedule. They eliminated the live broadcasts from the Met. 

Why? For what reason? 

I suspect that Smith and Glissmeyer didn't want to pay the fees. Consequently, their parsimonious actions have deprived the Utah classical listening public of hearing the great operas performed live on Saturday afternoons by the Met.

Today, for example, the Met performed Humperdinck's beautiful and moving Hansel and Gretel, sung in English However, because of Marcus Smith and Eric Glissmeyer, Utah listeners could not enjoy the performance. 

I say, shame on Marcus Smith and Eric Glissmeyer.

TOO MANY FUND RAISERS ON KBYU-TV JANUARY 1 2015

KBYU-TV, owned and operated by Brigham Young University, ever opportunistic, inserted an on air fundraiser on Thursday evening, January 1, 2015.

KBYU asks for donations and pledges on air many times during the year. Its last fund drive was November 28 through December 13, 2014.

What does KBYU  do with all the monies raised through its many fund drives? We will never know because KBYU, like its sister radio station, KBYU-FM, refuses to divulge to the public its finances. But it is certainly not spending for new programming. KBYU loves the cheapie re-runs, the no-cost repeats. It broadcasts the Lawrence Welk show over and over; the re-runs of old Poirot episodes; the Rosemary and Thyme series.

I say, stop all on air fundraising on KBYU-TV till the station shows that it gives back to the community in new programming what it takes from them through pledge drives.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

STOP INUNDATION OF RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS MUSIC ON KBYU-FM

KBYU-FM is a station wholly owned by Brigham Young University, itself owned by the LDS Church.

Its managers, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, like to term the station a "public station," but generally restrict this terminology to times of fundraising and on-air solicitations for pledges and listener donations.  For the last several weeks, as KBYU ramps up its religious Christmas music, like O Little Town of Bethlehem, and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, listeners hear very little about KBYU's purported public nature.

I argue that listeners hear little about KBYU's supposedly public status because some people at KBYU might believe that the station's mission at Christmastime is to indoctrinate listeners with the LDS religious belief towards Christmas. I advocate that KBYU, as a public station, keep a neutral attitude towards religion and LDS beliefs, not embrace them or favor them.

Therefore, I say, stop all religious Christmas music on public station KBYU-FM. If it really is a public station, KBYU should cease all religious Christmas music and carols.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ENOUGH! STOP ALREADY! SECOND WEEK KUED-TV ON AIR FUND DRIVE-NOVEMBER 28 THROUGH DECEMBER 13 2014

This is the full second week of an on air fund drive at KUED-TV, broadcasting to Salt Lake City and the rest of Utah. I say, stop all fund drives at KUED-TV.

KUED began this fund drive on Friday, November 28, 2014. It invites incredulity to realize that KUED is now in its second full week of this fund drive. and the drive is sure to continue until this coming Saturday, December 13.   

Let us count the days—a full 16 days of on air fund raising by KUED.  And management at KUED does this four times a year, for a total of 64 days out of 365. This is excessive. In the meantime, regular program is disrupted in favor of purple-patch specials, such as the Irish Tapdancers, or the Four Tenors, designed by public television to generate donations, but costing KUED lots of money. Ah, but if the costly programming brings in pledges, it must be worth it. I say, stop this madness—this rush for viewer donations.