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.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

STOP FUND DRIVE ON KUED-TV AUGUST 8, 2014

Stop this fund drive on KUED-TV, beginning Friday, August 8, and lasting until Sunday, August 24, 2014.

KUED is owned and operated by the University of Utah. It has millions in cash in banks.  As of June 30, 2013, KUED's balance sheet shows more than $3.6 million in unrestricted cash. KUED declares total current assets of more than $6.7 million. Here is the link. There is no financial reason why KUED should conduct multiple fund drives a year, not counting ad hoc weekend fund drives mixed in.

Do you know when KUED last conducted a fund drive? It was only two brief months ago, at the end of May and beginning of June 2014.

Stop this disruption of programming. Stop spending millions on programs just to create specials for fund-raising purposes. Put money into new regular programming, not one-time specials.

Monday, August 11, 2014

STOP FUND DRIVE ON KBYU-TV AUGUST 8 THROUGH AUGUST 23, 2014

Stop the fund drive on air currently at KBYU-TV.  KBYU is owned and operated by Brigham Young University, itself owned by the LDS Church.  KBYU likes to call itself a public TV station.  However it broadcasts a number of LDS religious programs, and should not be allowed to claim that it is public.

More seriously, KBYU never releases any of its financial position to the public, not even how much it takes in from on air pledges and donations, and what it does with the monies.  Therefore, I argue, KBYU should not conduct any on air drives until it makes a clean confession of its financial income and expenses.

One last point.  Do you know when KBYU last conducted a fund drive?  It began on Friday, May 30 and ended on June 9, 2014.  That means that KBYU has conducted at least three fund drives so far this year.

Stop this on-air fund raising!

Monday, August 04, 2014

WHERE IS FORM 990 FOR KCPW-FM FOR TAX YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2013?

Several comments about KCPW-FM, owned and operated by Wasatch Public Media, itself headed by Ed Sweeney.

1. Where is KCPW's Form 990 for tax year ending June 30, 2013?  Why must we, the public, need to wait more than a year for KCPW to make this financial disclosure form available? Why the holdup? What possible reason for KCPW to delay in making its Form 990 available to the public?  We are now some 14 months past the end of the fiscal period. 

2. Why must KCPW truncate BBC World News during the day?  For example, today, Monday, KCPW's announcers quickly cut in after only three minutes of BBC News at 12 noon, and made a switch to a report on Downtown Alliance, giving commercial news from SLC's downtown. This is unacceptable. After all, BBC News last a mere five minutes. There is no rationale reason for cutting it down to three.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

KBYU-FM SUDDENLY ELIMINATES BBC WORLD NEWS AT 10 PM ON WEEKNIGHTS

Without notice or advance warning, KBYU-FM's managers, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, suddenly cut off BBC World News at 10 PM.

For me, this is but another sign of the provincialism and anti-intellectualism reigning at the "public" radio station down in Provo, Utah.

For all of the devoted followers of BBC News, this is a hit taken by KBYU-FM at listeners' interest in world affairs and international news.


Sunday, June 08, 2014

KUED-TV STILL CONTINUES FUND DRIVE SUNDAY JUNE 8, 2014

KUED, owned and operated by the University of Utah, began its present fund drive ten days ago on Friday, May 30, 2014.  Today, Sunday, June 8, 2014, KUED still continues with its on-air plea for monies.

I say, stop this madness.  End all fund drives on public TV stations, such as KUED.