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.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

COP'S VIEW IN SALT LAKE TRIBUNE TODAY —NO WONDER U.S. HAS RIOTS DECEMBER 7 2014

Read B.L. Smith's article in today's Salt Lake Tribune, and you will understand why the U.S. has such a giant disconnect between minorities and the police. Former police trainer B.L. Smith wants everyone to immediately comply with police orders, no matter how disrespectful or disdainful these orders are or appear to the citizen.  Yes, police officers have a legal right to enforce the law, but they need to have personal skills in dealing with those that they are ordering about. Anyone who is a parent knows that even children want respect and fair treatment. If there is no respect or if a parent shows disrespect, then there is good chance that the parent will alienate his child, possibly forever. It is the same with police. Thus, B.L. Smith's article is a classic description of the wrong way, and as such it is instructive of what should not be done by a police officer on the beat.

STOP RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS CAROLS ON KBYU-FM DECEMBER 2014

KBYU-FM likes to portray itself as a "public radio station," especially during its on-air frequent fund drives.

If KBYU, owned and operated by Brigham Young University, is truly a public station, it would avoid playing Christmas religious music.  As a public station, KBYU has no business promoting one religion over another, or promoting any type of religious belief.

I say to KBYU's managers, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, stop broadcasting religious Christmas music on KBYU-FM, or else stop portraying KBYU as a "public" station.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

KBYU-FM FUND DRIVE DECEMBER 2 TO 4, 2014

KBYU-FM, owned and operated by Brigham Young University, itself owned by the LDS Church, held another on air fund drive this past week, specifically on December 2, 3, and 4, 2014.

Do you know the dates of the last KBYU fund drive? Believe it or not, it was only slightly less than three months ago, September 15 through September 20, 2014.

Why then must KYU's managers hold another drive within such a short time? I argue, there is no rational basis, other than a desire to take in listeners' monies.  BYU and the LDS Church certainly have enough dollars on hand to pay for KBYU's expenses, so there is no need for KBYU to pester the listening public for its solicitations.

One of KBYU's announcers recently made the claim that KBYU's program costs amount to several hundred thousands of dollars.  I deny this outrageous assertion.  For one thing, KBYU's managers, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, have cut KBYU's expenses, by, for example, cancelling Saturday afternoon broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera. Here is another example.  This past summer, other classical stations aired concerts from the Proms in London. But not KBYU! Why not? Glissmeyer and Smith want to spend as little as possible for quality programming. My conclusion—KBYU spends hardly any of its monies for programming.


Glissmeyer and Smith refuse to divulge any factual accounting for KBYU's income and expenses. Thus, the public, and probably not even the announcers on KBYU, have any realistic idea how much KBYU spends on programming. If KBYU's managers want the public to believe that the station's programming expenses total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, let them release financial statements.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

STOP KBYU-FM ON AIR FUND DRIVE DECEMBER 2 THROUGH DEC 6 2014

KBYU-FM, owned and operated by Brigham Young University, itself owned by the LDS Church, has begun another on-air fund drive on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

I say, stop all on-air fund drives until KBYU releases a full disclosure of its finances, income paid to managers, and all expenses incurred or spent, especially those for manager perks and travel.

KBYU's managers, Eric  Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, have never divulged any financial results to the public. Yet Smith and Glissmeyer are insistent on holding fund drives during the year, at least four, and maybe more.

For example, do you know the last time that KBYU held an on-air fund drive.  Would it surprise you to know that it was this past September 15 through September 20, 2014? This is barely three months ago!  At this rate, KBYU-FM seems to be asking for monies every three months!

Stop this irresponsibility on KBYU-FM. No more on-air fund drives till Smith and Glissmeyer come clean with full and adequate financial disclosures.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

KBYU-FM CLAIMS LDS RELIGIOUS PROGRAMMING IS PUBLIC SERVICE

KBYU-FM is wholly owned by Brigham Young University, a church school belonging to the LDS Church. So it is does not pass the laugh test of ridiculous assertions for KBYU's announcers to claim that broadcasts of LDS religious programs are a "public service."

KBYU's managers, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, like to portray the station as a public radio station, especially during KBYU's frequent fund drives on air, including today, a day that Smith and Glissmeyer call "Giving Tuesday." But true public radio stations don't try to make claims that religious proselytizing programming is really just the station performing "public service."

Public service means uniting the listening community, not dividing it with religious sectarianism. And certainly not trying to deceive  by claiming that unwanted religious programming is something that benefits the listening public.