Saturday, November 26, 2016

NO MORE JIM SVEJDA'S RECORD SHELF ON KBYU-FM

What has happened to Jim Svejda and his program, Record Shelf, usually broadcast on Saturday mornings from 8 to 9 on KBYU-FM?

All of a sudden, KBYU's managers, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, yank Svejda's popular program off the air, without any input from listeners.

I object. I estimate that Svejda was on KBYU for more than 30 years. His program was a Saturday morning institution for listeners in Utah.  

I suspect that Smith and Glissmeyer cancelled Svejda's program because they were more concerned with penny pinching than offering quality outside classical-music programming. Another example of the decline in quality of programming on KBYU-FM.

Friday, May 13, 2016

KBYU-FM FUND DRIVE MAY 9 TO MAY 14, 2016

Once again, managers at KBYU-FM conduct another money-grubbing fund drive.  Even though KBYU is owned and operated by Brigham Young University, a university whose endowment fund is in the hundreds of millions, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith still insist on running at least four fund drives a year, each lasting six days, or almost one week.

I say, KBYU should not be appealing on air for donations and pledges. Why? Because it fails to make any of its finances public. The public knows nothing of where all the donations go, or what expenses KBYU incurs, or what Brigham Young University does with the money taken in.

No more fund drives, I argue, till KBYU-FM, Smith, and Glissmeyer come clean with a full accounting of KBYU's financial position.

Friday, April 01, 2016

STOP BROADCASTS OF LDS GENERAL CONFERENCE ON KBYU-FM APRIL 2, 3, 2016

KBYU-FM, owned and operated By Brigham Young University, broadcasts live sessions of the Spring 2016 LDS General Conference.

KBYU announcers, including station manager, Eric Glissmeyer, call the broadcast a "public service." This assertion does not pass the laugh test. Broadcasts of the LDS General Conference are a religious service, aimed at providing listeners with theological doctrine of the LDS Church, but surely not a public service.

Why not? Because KBYU identifies itself as a "public station," especially during its quarterly on-air fund drives. If KBYU is, in fact, a public station, then it has no business airing religious programming that fosters the religious doctrine of the LDS Church.

Therefore, I argue, either stop the KBYU's on-air broadcasts of LDS religious services, or else stop pretending that KBYU is a public station and stop engaging in on-air fund drives.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

TO RECORD TWO WEEK PLUS FUND RAISING BY KBYU-TV AND KUED-TV MARCH 4, 2016 THROUGH MARCH 19, 2016

Before more time elapses, this entry will serve to record fund drives lasting over two full weeks by KBYU-TV and KUED-TV. The stations began the fund drives on Friday evening, March 4, 2016, and KBYU finished on Saturday evening, March 19, while KUED ended on Saturday evening, March 20, 2016.

STOP BROADCASTS OF LDS CHURCH CONFERENCE ON KBYU-FM MARCH 25, 26, 27, 2016

I object to KBYU-FM broadcasting the LDS General Conference live this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 25 through March 27, 2016.

At fund-raising times, management at KBYU, under the leadership of Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, instructs staff to ask for pledges and donations as reciprocation for the public service that KBYU performs.  KBYU loves at these times to call itself a "public radio station."

Yet, KBYU broadcasts religious programming for the LDS Church, designed to strengthen the faith of church members and seek new converts.

I argue, KBYU's goals are irreconcilable with the notion that it is a "public station.

The truth is, I argue, KBYU is not a public station. It pursues goals of a certain religion, and continually broadcasts programs espousing this religion. It pretends to be a public station solely for self-serving purposes, i.e., raising monies and donations from listeners.

Stop the broadcasts of the LDS Church Conference on KBYU-FM.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

KBYU-FM HOLDS FUND DRIVE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 22 OF 2016

This will memorialize that KBYU-FM held another money-grubbing fund drive on-air the week of February 22, 2016.  Beginning on Monday, KBYU continued the drive through Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Some KBYU announcers claim that KBYU holds just a few fund drives. The truth is that KBYU holds at least four fund drives a year. Its drives generally last a full week, Monday through Saturday.

Even though its fund drive is officially over, station management has its announcers still giving out pledge telephone numbers and continuing to make a pitch for people to send in monies.

I blame KBYU's management, Marcus Smith, for turning the station into a perpetual fund drive machine. Classical music just happens to be the bait. The real purpose of KBYU is to obtain more and more funds for its parent, Brigham Young University, and for the LDS Church.

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.