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.

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.