Thursday, November 06, 2014

STOP FUNDRAISING ON AIR AT KCPW-FM OCTOBER 29 THRU NOVEMBER 8 2014

This is the second week of a fundraiser on air by management at KCPW-FM, broadcasting to Salt Lake City and suburbs.

I say, no more fundraising on air at KCPW till it reveals its financial results for tax year ending June 30, 2014.  We are already some four months into the new fiscal year, and Ed Sweeney, general manger and owner of Wasatch Public Media, still has not allowed the public to see KCPW's results for the time period of the last fiscal year.

Furthermore, no truncating BBC World News for the purpose of inserting pledge requests!  

Saturday, November 01, 2014

SHAME ON KBYU-FM FOR CANCELLING SATURDAY AFTERNOON OPERA

It has been about a year since KBYU-FM's management, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, cancelled Saturday Afternoon Opera.

The wound is still there, the absence of opera on Saturday afternoons still hurting.

Glissmeyer and Smith are destroying opera in Utah by their devastating actions. 

Bring back Saturday Afternoon Opera to KBYU-FM!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

KBYU-FM CALLS AIRING TWO DAY LDS RELIGIOUS CONFERENCE A "PUBLIC SERVICE"

KBYU-FM is owned and operated by Brigham Young University, itself wholly owned by the LDS Church.  However, KBYU calls itself a "public radio station." It uses on-air facilities to engage in fund drives at least four times a year.  It solicits pledges over the air, and touts its nature as a public station.

Yet, KBYU broadcasts the LDS General Conference twice a year.  Every six months, the LDS Church has a two-day conference.  Each session consists of LDS authorities, giving sermons and homilies on the LDS faith and beliefs.

KBYU's management, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, try to characterize KBYU's broadcasting of the LDS General Conference as a "public service."  This does not meet the laugh test.  Not everyone in Utah or Salt Lake City is a Mormon.  There are many listeners who are not LDS church members, much less believers.  It is facetious for Smith and Glissmeyer to try to cover up the overt nature of broadcasting religious programming by calling it a "public service."  Such programming has no place on a "public radio station."


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

KCPW-FM FORM 990 SHOWS NEGATIVE NET WORTH AS OF JUNE 30, 2013

Why have I been clamoring for KCPW-FM and its parent owner, Wasatch Public Media, to disclose KCPW's Form 990 sooner than 13 or 14 months after the fact?  Because it has taken us more than 13 months after the end of its fiscal year to learn that KCPW had a negative net worth as of June 30, 2013.

Its Form 990 shows total assets of $2,643,561 and total liabilities of $2,799,188.  We, the public, the people that KCPW's announcers address and solicit for pledges and donations, need to know the parlous financial state of this station.  KCPW and Ed Sweeney, sole owner of Wasatch Public Media, have a duty to disclose KCPW's dangerous financial situation before engaging in more fund drives. Any future fund drive should make it clear that KCPW might have less assets than its liabilities.

Here is the link to KCPW's Form 990 for tax year ending June 30, 2013.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

KCPW-FM, AFTER MORE THAN ONE YEAR, DISCLOSES ITS FINANCIAL FORM 990 FOR TAX YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2013

Finally, after more than 13 months, KCPW-FM, operating in and around Salt Lake City, makes its financial disclosures to the public for tax year ending June 30, 2013.

Here is the link to Form 990 for Wasatch Public Media, owner and operator of KCPW.

But why must we, the public, wait over one whole year before management at Wasatch Public Media, i.e., owner Ed Sweeney, makes this important financial information available.  KCPW's tax year ended June 30, 2013, not 2014.  Yet here we are, September 2014, and just now, we the public can view this information.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

NO MORE FUND DRIVES ON KBYU-TV SEPTEMBER 12 TO 20, 2014

Stop the current on-air fund drive on KBYU-TV.

Why?  For three reasons.

1. KBYU-TV, like KBYU-FM, never makes any of its financial statements public.  Management refuses to disclose how much it takes in from these fund drives, how much it takes in from its paarent, Brigham Young University, or how much it spends on management's salary and perks.

2. KBYU engages in seemingly perpetual fund drives, many of which last more than two whole weeks.  These drives disrupt regular programming.  Do you know the last time KBYU-TV engaged in an on-air drive?  Would you believe it was August 8 through August 23, 2014!  In other words, barely one month ago!  This must stop!

3. KBYU-TV is wholly owned by Brigham Young University.  BYU has an endowment in hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions.  There is no valid reason why KBYU-TV must ask viewers on-air to donate monies or send in pledges.

Monday, September 15, 2014

KBYU-FM STARTS NEW FUND DRIVE BUT WHY CAN'T IT OFFER NEW PROGRAMS?

Today marks the beginning of another fund drive by KBYU-FM, owned and operated by Brigham Young University.  The classical music station is on track for four, maybe five, fund drives for 2014.

In the face of all this fundraising, why can't management, Marcus Smith and Eric Glissmeyer, spend some money and invest in new programs?

What programs?  For example, The Proms, a summer music festival, from London.  Other classical stations, such as WQXR of New York City, broadcast The Proms.  Why can't Glissmeyer and Smith allow KBYU to do the same?

STOP FUND DRIVE ON KBYU-FM SEPTEMBER 15 TO SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Stop the fund drive that KBYU has just initiated on-air this morning.

KBYU's managers, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, keep all financial information hidden from the public.  I argue that KBYU should cease all fund drives till management comes out with full disclosure of KBYU's finances and expenses, especially the salaries and other perks paid to Marcus Smith and Eric Glissmeyer.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ATTENTION HOSTS ON KCPW-FM—WEEKDAYS AT 6 PM, THE TITLE OF YOUR PROGRAM IS "AS IT HAPPENS," NOT "AS IT HAPPENED"

Would you believe that announcers on KCPW-FM, broadcasting out of Salt Lake City, frequently mispronounce the title of their weeknight program at 6 PM?

It is "As It Happens," NOT "As It Happened."  Here's a link to the CBC program.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AUGUST 2014 FUND DRIVES AT KBYU-TV AND KUED-TV LAST 10 DAYS, BUT WHERE IS THE PAYBACK TO THE PUBLIC?

Usually fund drives at KBYU and KUED, both terming themselves "public" TV stations, go on for more than two weeks, i.e., 17 days for KUED and 14 days for KBYU.  However their last fund drives, happening to begin on the same date, Friday, August 8, have come to a conclusion on the past Saturday and Sunday. The result is a fund drive of seven days for KBYU and 9 days for KUED.

Should we the public praise the management of KBYU and KUED for their abbreviated drives?  NO!  Both KUED and KBYU thus run fund drives at least four times a year.  Their most recent one last week creates more unhappiness for viewers, tired of the stations'  greed for viewers' contributions.

Sadly, both KBYU and KUED seem to return little to the public.  Where are the new programs? Instead, it seems that the stations engage in endless repeats, such as when KBYU runs selected Poirot episodes for the billionth time.  I say to KUED asnd KBYU, stop spending money on specials to jazz up your pledge drives, and start spending for regular new programming that we in Utah hardly ever see.