Thursday, March 13, 2014

KCPW-FM POSING AS PUBLIC RADIO STATION LOADS ITS AIR TIME WITH COMMERCIALS

Tune into KCPW-FM and you will be bombarded with commercials every 10 minutes.  Of course, KCPW euphemistically calls these commercials "underwriting spots."  But commercials they indeed are.

Businesses such as veterinarians, frame galleries, beer joints, law firms and grocery stores all make their pitch through the day on KCPW.  I hazard a guess that KCPW spends as much time on commercials as most commercial radio stations.

Where are the board of directors for KCPW on this?  Why does KCPW's board approve this charade?  How can a board allow a "public" radio station to make such a farce of the difference between commercial and public radio?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

FUND DRIVES ON KUED-TV AND KBYU-TV CONTINUE UNABATED THIS WEEK MARCH 10, 2014

Both KBYU-TV and KUED-TV are in the second week of their current fund drive.  The drives began on Friday, February 28th, and are still going.  I say, Enough is enough!  Stop these dreadful fund drives.  They show that management personnel at both KBYU and KUED are more interested in fundraising than in providing quality programming.  Note how both these stations are notoriously skimpy on new programming and on news, especially international news. Their primary goal, in my opinion, is raising monies from donations and pledges.

I received this comment from reader KRB today on my previous comments on fund drives on public radio and TV stations.  I reprint it here again because KRB says better than I how unfortunate these fund drives on KUED and KBYU are:

I could not agree more! Stop the fund drives! These stations take in monies from pledges, promising new programming, but when the fund drive is over, the same old reruns appear, over and over and over. Even the programs they play during the pledge are monotonous; how many times does one really want to watch Suzie Orman? Give us back our scheduled programs. While they are reruns, they are at least without promises for our hard earned dollars.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

STOP FUND DRIVES IN UTAH ON KBYU-FM AND KUED-TV BEGINNING FEBRUARY 28, 2014

Once again, KBYU-TV and KUED-TV, the two major "public" TV stations broadcasting in Utah have begun a fund drive.  These things sometimes last unbelievably for over two whole weeks.

Because of the many find drives, more than four per year, both KUED and KBYU spend very little on new programming, and, instead, use programming monies to air "specials" for their many drives.

Stop all fund drives on air on KUED and KBYU!

KBYU-FM BREAKS 50-YEAR TRADITION IN ENDING LIVE FROM THE MET

Today, listeners to KBYU-FM were again deprived of opera broadcasts live from the Met.  No one listening to KBYU could hear Prince Igor by Borodin.

Why?  Because of an unfortunate and short-sighted decision by KBYU's management, principally Marcus Smith of BYU Broadcasting, and Eric Glissmeyer of KBYU, to end all future Met broadcasts.

A gaping wound lies in the side of KBYU because of this decision.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

YET ANOTHER FUND DRIVE ON KBYU-FM WEEK OF FEBRUARY 10, 2014

KBYU-FM, owned and operated by Brigham Young University, conducts another money-hungry on-air fund drive the week of February 10, 2014.

I say, no more fund drives on-air by KBYU-FM, until its managers, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, agree to release financial statements to listeners.  Specifically, how much does KBYU take in from all sources, how much does it pay its managers, how much expense for perks, how much in travel expenses, how much in salaries?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

JO ANN FALLETTA—A NAME HARDLY ANY ONE ANNOUNCING CLASSICAL MUSIC CAN CORRECTLY PRONOUNCE

Is there anyone on classical music radio who can properly pronounce Jo Ann Falletta's last name, hitting both the "t"s?  The answer is almost no one.

Not on KBYU-FM, certainly not Mark Wait or even Marcus Smith, head of BYU Broadcasting.  Instead of "Fal-letta," we get "Fal-ledda."

Not Fred Child of Performance Today, and frequent announcer of Carnegie Hall specials, and even announcer for the New York Philharmonic national broadcasts.   Fred Child is notorious for flubbing pronunciation of all words containing a "t" following an "n," as if there were no "t."  For example, Fred Child refers to Lincoln Center as "Lincoln Cen-ner."

But as to "Falletta," there is no one that I know even on august classical stations, such as WFMT-FM of Chicago or WQXR-FM of New York City, who pronounces the name as if it had "t''s.  If there is, please let me know, that announcer I will celebrate.

But wait!  There is one person who correctly pronounces Falletta's name with "t"'s instead of "d"'s.  It is JOSEPH ANDREWS, a part-time student announcer with KBYU!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

WE NEED ALTERNATIVE TO KBYU-FM FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC

We need a second classical music station in Salt Lake that would provide an alternative to the regressive policies of KBYU-FM.  

KBYU, under the auspices of its managers, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, has recently cancelled Saturday afternoon operas, given up its contract to air the Metropolitan Opera live, skipped the traditional New Year's Day Concert from Vienna.  

KBYU-FM, owned and operated by Brigham Young University, is in a state of decline.


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

NO NEW YEAR'S CONCERT LIVE FROM VIENNA ON KBYU-FM

Today is New Year's Day.  Where is the broadcast of the New Year's Concert from Vienna on KBYU-FM?

Sorry to say, KBYU's managers, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, have decided not to air this traditional annual broadcast.  Why?  Glissmeyer and Smith need to come out with an explanation.

The absence of the New Year's Concert live from Vienna is but another sorry indication of the decline of KBYU-FM under Glissmeyer and Smith.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

PUBLIC RADIO STATIONS SUCH AS KBYU-FM SHOULD NOT PROMOTE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

Stop the incessant religious Christmas music on KBYU-FM! Why?  Because "public" radio stations have no business promoting religious beliefs, even if a majority of listeners happens to believe in the religion's doctrines and myths.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

STOP THE NONSTOP RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS MUSIC ON KBYU-FM

Stop the broadcast on KBYU-FM of the non-stop religious Christmas music.  It is inappropriate for a "public" radio station to air music that properly belongs in a church or ward house.  Let privately owned Christian stations broadcast anything they wish, including Christmas carols.  But public stations cannot and should not adopt the same religious slant.  

KBYU-FM is an arm of Brigham Young University, a LDS Church-run school.  Let it too air religious program and Christmas carols IF it did not portray itself as a "public radio station."  But it does. Why?  Because it wants to mine donations and pledges from listeners through on-air appeals.

I say, KBYU and its managers, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, cannot have it both ways.  They cannot broadcast religious Christmas music nonstop in December if they insist on portraying KBYU as a "public" station.