Saturday, December 19, 2015

STOP KBYU-FM'S NON-STOP SACCHARINE RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS MUSIC

I heard one of KBYU-FM's announcers announce that from now on until Christmas KBYU would play Christmas music 100 percent of the time.

Consider that KBYU is owned and operated by Brigham Young University, itself owned and operated by the LDS Church. Then the decision to play only Christmas music on what is supposedly a public classical music station appears more in focus. Every member a missionary, goes the saying among LDS faithful. The result is that KBYU believes its mission is to deluge the classical-loving public with as much saccharine religious Christmas music as possible.

I say to Marcus Smith and Eric Glissmeyer, KBYU's managers, stop this religious-oriented Christmas music. I am a secular humanist. I for one don't wish to be converted. I want to hear classical music, not music that attempts to brainwash and proselytize.




Sunday, December 13, 2015

STOP FUND DRIVES ON KBYU-TV AND KUED-TV-NOVEMBER 27 THROUGH DECEMBER 12 2015

I argue-stop the incessant and perpetual fund drives on KBYU-TV and KUED-TV.

Fund drives on KBYU-TV are especially objectionable. Brigham Young University, a church school, owns KBYU. It never makes its financials public or available to viewers. The public thus has no idea of how much cash KBYU holds, or what its expenses amount to, or what perks, if any, KBYU hands out to managers and employees.

I argue-stop all fund drives on KBYU-TV and KUED-TV. All told throughout this past calendar year, both KBYU and KUED have taken four fund drives, the majority of which last more than two whole calendar weeks. There must be a better way.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

KCPW-FM FUND DRIVE OCTOBER 1 THROUGH OCTOBER 10 2015

Stop these annoying fund drives on KCPW-FM.

I suggest that we get rid of all local "public" stations and replace them with one national public broadcaster, like the BBC.

We could get rid of all the costly broadcasting equipment, all the personnel, all the leases and rent overhead. We would also thereby stop these perpetual fund drives.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

WHAT? ANOTHER FUND DRIVE ON KBYU-FM SEPTEMBER 14 TO SEPTEMBER 19 2015?

KBYU-FM has been conducting a fund drive this past week, Monday, September 14, through Saturday, September 19, 2015.

KBYU is owned and operated by the LDS Church and Brigham Young University. Led by Marcus Smith and Eric Glissmeyer, KBYU-FM has cut many programs that listeners value - programs such as the Saturday afternoon Metropolitan Opera, performances of the New York Philharmonic, symphony broadcasts of the Los Angeles and San Francisco Philharmonics.

Nevertheless, BYU has never cut any of its fund drives. Do you know when KBYU last conducted a fund drive prior to the present one? One year ago? Six months ago?  No! The answer is three months ago! So every three months, the managers of KBYU, Smith and Glissmeyer, waste a week of listeners' time by running money-seeking six-day fund drives.

I argue that BYU has enough endowment money to pay for all of KBYU's expenses. There is no rational reason for Smith and Glissmeyer to run any more on-air drives on KBYU-FM.

Friday, September 11, 2015

STOP KUED-TV FUND RAISING ON-AIR

Not another two-week fund raiser from KUED-TV, owned and operated by the University of Utah. KUED's drive began Friday, September 4. It probably will not end till Sunday, September 20. This is outrageous. KUED thus wastes three Fridays, three Saturdays and three Sundays. Forget about regular programming during KUED's lengthy and tiresome fund raiser. You ain't gonna see any!

Take this quiz. When did KUED-TV last run an on-air fund drive? 

a.   One year ago
b.   Six months ago
c.   Three months ago
d.   One month ago

The answer is one month ago! KUED held a full two-week fund drive from August 7 through August 23, 2015. Stop this dysfunctional and runaway system. Here is a link to my post for that fund drive.

I argue, stop all fund raising on-air by KUED-TV! This system of on-air fund raising is tiresome and should be abolished.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

STOP KBYU-TV FUND DRIVE SEPTEMBER 4 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 19 2015

KBYU-TV has begun another fund drive running more than two whole weeks. During this period, KBYU replaces regular programming with its specials. The result is that KBYU displaces three Friday nights and three Saturday nights with appeals for viewers to send in money.

I say, stop all fund drives on KBYU-TV. The station is owned by the LDS Church, which surely has plenty of money to pay staff salaries and station expenses. There is no financial need to seek donations and pledges from the public.

By the way, do you know the last time that KBYU-TV ran an on-air fund drive?  Six months ago? Three months ago? No, the answer is, one month ago! August 7 through August 15, 2015!

KBYU-TV, under the leadership of Marcus Smith, head of BYU Broadcasting, appears to be in a state of running perpetual fund drives. Stop this madness and quest for more monies.

Friday, August 21, 2015

KUED-TV HOLDS ANOTHER MARATHON TWO WEEK FUND DRIVE FRIDAY AUGUST 7 THROUGH SUNDAY AUGUST 23 2015

Oh no! Not another marathon fund drive by KUED-TV, owned and operated by the University of Utah.

For a radio station with net assets of $12,333,511 at the end of its fiscal year, June 30, 2014, the question arises why such a public station would see fit to preempt its normal schedule over two whole weeks, four times a year, to ask for more money.

And how about the omnipresence of Alice Webber and Ken Verdoia, on set, working the fund drives,soliciting pledges and donations? KUED's Form 990 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, shows Alice Webber made $75,750 for the period, and Ken Verdoia, $85,942. And Verdoia and Webber are among a total of five employees who made more than $75,000 at KUED! See pages 7 and 8 of KUED's Form 990.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

STOP DISRUPTIVE FUND DRIVES ON KBYU-TV MAY 31 THROUGH JUNE 13 2015

How many fund drives does KBYU-TV run? Would you believe four during the year, that's one each quarter, most of which run for more than two whole weeks!

Consider this latest drive for money conducted by a Brigham Young University-owned TV station that tries to pass itself off as "public."  Beginning on Friday, May 31, its drive will not end until Saturday, June 13.

Look what this fund drive does to regular Saturday night programming. Three episodes of BBC Shetland, the award-winning crime drama, go unseen, making way for some Victor Borge (deceased since 2000) or Three Tenors re-run.

These KBYU fund drives are disruptive. Moreover, they are unnecessary. BYU has a trust fund approximating one billion dollars, maybe more. There is absolutely no need for KBYU-TV, BYU's Utah "public" TV station, to use on-air time to solicit pledges and donations from the public. BYU would have no trouble paying KBYU expenses in full!

Shame on Marcus Smith, head of BYU Broadcasting, for his programming-be-damned attitude. In the quest to take in more dollars, Marcus Smith runs on-air drives for BYU and the LDS Church, to the detriment of the viewing public.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ANOTHER FUND DRIVE ON KBYU-FM MAY 11 2015, YET KBYU CUTS SYMPHONIC BROADCASTS, METROPOLITAN OPERA

KBYU-FM, owned and operated by Brigham Young University, is conducting yet another fund drive this week on air. 

Yet KBYU, through its managers, Marcus Smith and Eric Glissmeyer, is constantly cutting its symphonic broadcasts, even the concerts of the Utah Symphony. Not to mention live performances of the Metropolitan Opera.

Contrast this parsimonious policy of Smith and Glissmeyer with that of other classical stations. For example, WFMT-FM, broadcasting out of Chicago, is airing a live concert of the Minnesota Orchestra this Friday night, live from Cuba. 

Why is KBYU not broadcasting this important cultural event?

WFMT's website comments on the program:

"The Orchestra is joined by pianist Frank Fern├índez and two Cuban choirs in an all-Beethoven program that features the “Choral Fantasy” and the “Eroica” symphony. Osmo Vanska conducts.


"This performance and broadcast are the first of an American orchestra from Cuba in many years, and follow President Obama’s move to normalize relations in December 2014.
"This historic live broadcast from Havana will also be heard on stations around the U.S, and is hosted by Brian Newhouse."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

STOP FUND RAISER ON KBYU-FM MAY 11 TO MAY 16 2015

Stop all fund raising over the air on KBYU-FM.

KBYU's managers, Marcus Smith and Eric Glissmeyer, are wont to portray the station as a "public radio station," especially during times of asking for pledges and donations.

Yet KBYU, owned and operated by Brigham Young University, an LDS church school, pursues a religious agenda, to the detriment of listeners who tune in for the classical music.

For example, what ever happened to broadcasts of the Utah Symphony? They are gone, disappeared, in Smith and Glissmeyer's drive to lower station expenses. How about broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, or the Los Angeles Philharmonic? A listener will not be able to hear them on KBYU.

Yet KBYU's Glissmeyer and Smith, have no qualms about conducting on air fund drives at least four times a year.  "Send us money, but don't expect any thing back."