Friday, August 21, 2015

KUED-TV HOLDS ANOTHER MARATHON TWO WEEK FUND DRIVE FRIDAY AUGUST 7 THROUGH SUNDAY AUGUST 23 2015

Oh no! Not another marathon fund drive by KUED-TV, owned and operated by the University of Utah.

For a radio station with net assets of $12,333,511 at the end of its fiscal year, June 30, 2014, the question arises why such a public station would see fit to preempt its normal schedule over two whole weeks, four times a year, to ask for more money.

And how about the omnipresence of Alice Webber and Ken Verdoia, on set, working the fund drives,soliciting pledges and donations? KUED's Form 990 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, shows Alice Webber made $75,750 for the period, and Ken Verdoia, $85,942. And Verdoia and Webber are among a total of five employees who made more than $75,000 at KUED! See pages 7 and 8 of KUED's Form 990.

KBYU-TV HOLDS ANOTHER DREARY FUND DRIVE FRIDAY AUGUST 7 THROUGH SATURDAY AUGUST 15

Would you believe KBYU-TV, owned and operated by Brigham Young University, has held its third fund drive so far in 2015, this past week, Friday, August 7 through Saturday, August 15?

Yes, it is hard to believe. At this rate, KBYU-TV will hold four fund drives for 2015. Many of these have been fund drives lasting more than two whole weeks!

Note that even though this fund drive did not last a full two weeks, it occupies two Fridays and two Saturdays. Thus, KBYU killed its regular programming for two Friday evenings and two Saturday evenings. 

I object.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

STOP DISRUPTIVE FUND DRIVES ON KBYU-TV MAY 31 THROUGH JUNE 13 2015

How many fund drives does KBYU-TV run? Would you believe four during the year, that's one each quarter, most of which run for more than two whole weeks!

Consider this latest drive for money conducted by a Brigham Young University-owned TV station that tries to pass itself off as "public."  Beginning on Friday, May 31, its drive will not end until Saturday, June 13.

Look what this fund drive does to regular Saturday night programming. Three episodes of BBC Shetland, the award-winning crime drama, go unseen, making way for some Victor Borge (deceased since 2000) or Three Tenors re-run.

These KBYU fund drives are disruptive. Moreover, they are unnecessary. BYU has a trust fund approximating one billion dollars, maybe more. There is absolutely no need for KBYU-TV, BYU's Utah "public" TV station, to use on-air time to solicit pledges and donations from the public. BYU would have no trouble paying KBYU expenses in full!

Shame on Marcus Smith, head of BYU Broadcasting, for his programming-be-damned attitude. In the quest to take in more dollars, Marcus Smith runs on-air drives for BYU and the LDS Church, to the detriment of the viewing public.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ANOTHER FUND DRIVE ON KBYU-FM MAY 11 2015, YET KBYU CUTS SYMPHONIC BROADCASTS, METROPOLITAN OPERA

KBYU-FM, owned and operated by Brigham Young University, is conducting yet another fund drive this week on air. 

Yet KBYU, through its managers, Marcus Smith and Eric Glissmeyer, is constantly cutting its symphonic broadcasts, even the concerts of the Utah Symphony. Not to mention live performances of the Metropolitan Opera.

Contrast this parsimonious policy of Smith and Glissmeyer with that of other classical stations. For example, WFMT-FM, broadcasting out of Chicago, is airing a live concert of the Minnesota Orchestra this Friday night, live from Cuba. 

Why is KBYU not broadcasting this important cultural event?

WFMT's website comments on the program:

"The Orchestra is joined by pianist Frank Fern├índez and two Cuban choirs in an all-Beethoven program that features the “Choral Fantasy” and the “Eroica” symphony. Osmo Vanska conducts.


"This performance and broadcast are the first of an American orchestra from Cuba in many years, and follow President Obama’s move to normalize relations in December 2014.
"This historic live broadcast from Havana will also be heard on stations around the U.S, and is hosted by Brian Newhouse."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

STOP FUND RAISER ON KBYU-FM MAY 11 TO MAY 16 2015

Stop all fund raising over the air on KBYU-FM.

KBYU's managers, Marcus Smith and Eric Glissmeyer, are wont to portray the station as a "public radio station," especially during times of asking for pledges and donations.

Yet KBYU, owned and operated by Brigham Young University, an LDS church school, pursues a religious agenda, to the detriment of listeners who tune in for the classical music.

For example, what ever happened to broadcasts of the Utah Symphony? They are gone, disappeared, in Smith and Glissmeyer's drive to lower station expenses. How about broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, or the Los Angeles Philharmonic? A listener will not be able to hear them on KBYU.

Yet KBYU's Glissmeyer and Smith, have no qualms about conducting on air fund drives at least four times a year.  "Send us money, but don't expect any thing back."

Saturday, March 14, 2015

MARCUS SMITH AND ERIC GLISSMEYER SAY NO TO SATURDAY AFTERNOON METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KBYU-FM

The managers of KBYU-FM are driving the classical music station into oblivion. I refer to Marcus Smith and Eric Glissmeyer.

About a year ago, they cancelled Saturday Afternoon Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. Why? They claimed some listeners were unhappy with opera broadcasts. I surmise, they did it because Marcus Smith did not want to pay the fees for licensing the Met broadcasts, and, besides, he gives me the impression not to like or appreciate opera.

Today, for example, The Met's featured opera is La Donna Del Lago, starring the great Peruvian tenor, Juan Diego Florez, and Joyce DiDonato. But if you listen to KBYU for your classical music, you won't be able to hear Florez or DiDonato in Rossini's sweet opera because Smith and Glissmeyer decided last year to terminate Met broadcasts.  

What a shame these guys are in control!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

STOP KUED-TV FUND DRIVE FEBRUARY 27 THROUGH MARCH 15, 2015

KUED_TV, owned and operated by the University of Utah, is conducting yet another disruptive fund drive.  KUED conducts at least four drives a year, some of which, like this one, go for more than two whole weeks.

I say, no more! I am weary with all these KUED on-air drives that seek viewers checks and pledges. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

KBYU-TV— STOP ON AIR FUNDRAISING FEBRUARY 27 TO MARCH 14 2015

I call upon managers at KBYU-TV to stop all on-air fundraising.  KBYU began this latest fund drive on Friday, February 27, and appears to be continuing these annoying fund appeals until Saturday, March 14. This period totals more than two weeks in length.

First, KBYU-TV is not a public station.  It is wholly owned by Brigham Young University, itself a property of the LDS Church. On the contrary, KBYU is a church station, promoting religious beliefs of the LDS Church. It frequently carries church-sponsored programs. It always broadcasts sessions of the LDS biannual conferences. Thus, because it is not a public station, KBYU has no business using public air waves to seek funds from viewers.

Second, KBYU-TV never releases any financial information about its operations to the public. It never discloses how much are its expenses, or how much it takes in from these frequent on-air fund drives. Moreover, it never reveals how much it pays its managers, or how many persons it employs.

For the above reasons, I argue, KBYU has no business seeking funds through on-air fund drives. Stop this pattern of frequent two-week drives by KBYU, a non-public church-owned station.

Monday, February 09, 2015

KCPW-FM, STOP TRUNCATING BBC NEWS AT 5 PM ON MONDAYS

Why must announcers at KCPW-FM break in to BBC News at 5 PM on Mondays to air reports from the Downtown Alliance? This is truly annoying. I especially blame announcer Roger McDonough, KCPW's News Director, for this unwanted interruption.

If KCPW wants to do a favor to the Downtown Alliance and publicize its activities, do it at some time other than during BBC News!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

KBYU-FM CHURCH STATION CONDUCTS ON AIR DRIVE FEBRUARY 2 TO FEBRUARY 7, 2015

KBYU-FM, owned and operated by LDS Church, is conducting one of its many fund drives this week, February 2 through February 7, 2015.

I argue, KBYU-FM should cease all on air fund Drives. Why? Consider these reasons.

KBYU's managers, Eric Glissmeyer and Marcus Smith, refuse to divulge any of the station's financials, such as income, the origin of the income, and expenses, including line items that show where the expenses went.  When it comes to financial disclosures, everything is opaque at KBYU-FM.

Furthermore, Glissmeyer and Smith have cut a number of the station's programs, such as the weekly Saturday afternoon live Metropolitan Opera performances, and broadcasts from the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, et al.  KBYU spends hardly anything for programming, yet seeks listener donations at least four times a year.

For these reasons, I argue, KBYU should not go on air seeking listener pledges while it maintains financial secrecy and while it cuts valuable programming.