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.

Monday, June 02, 2014

NOT ANOTHER FUND DRIVE ON PBS STATION KUED-TV SALT LAKE CITY FROM FRIDAY MAY 30 TO SATURDAY JUNE 8 2014!

Please, not another fund drive on KUED-TV, owned and operated by the University of Utah.

Do you too get the impression that KUED's management engages in eternal, perpetual fund drives?

I say, down with all on-air fundraising.  Get rid of all local "public" stations, including KUED.  Replace them with one national public station, like BBC News or France 24.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

WHY CAN'T KCPW-FM BE MORE PROMPT IN PUBLISHING ITS FINANCIAL FORM 990?

What can't Wasatch Public Media, run by Ed Sweeney, be more prompt in publishing its annual financial report, Form 990 for KCPW-FM?

I see that Sweeney submitted Form 990, for tax year ending June 30, 2012, to the IRS on May 15, 2013.  At least that is the date that both Sweeney and the station's CPA signed the report. Why can't KCPW and Sweeney arrange for production of Form 990 in a manner quicker than 11 months following the end of the station's fiscal year?

One other curious thing—the Form 990 for Wasatch Public Media made available on KCPW's web site omits (as of today, May18, 2014) page seven.  Page seven of Form 990 obtained from another public source shows Ed Sweeney's salary ($86,642) and his other compensation ($9,815) for the period.  

Friday, May 16, 2014

ANOTHER FUND DRIVE ON KBYU-FM MAY 12 TO MAY 17, 2014!

Yet another fund drive this week on KBYU-FM, led by managers Marcus Smith, head of BYU Broadcasting, and Eric Glissmeyer, KBYU's station manager.

No more KBYU fund drives on air until Smith and Glissmeyer make a full public disclosure of KBYU's finances, including their own salaries and perks.

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?