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KPBS Strengthens News Service

KPBS 89.5 FM Shifts To 24-7 News And Information


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SAN DIEGO - To fulfill its goal of being the premier local news analysis organization in San Diego, KPBS is taking significant steps toward better serving the community. Starting on Monday, May 23, KPBS 89.5 FM will begin airing 24 hours of news and informational programming.

“This is a positive move forward for KPBS,” said KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo. “KPBS is committed to serving our community with news and information all day, every day. The recent world and national events have demonstrated that locals rely on KPBS – on all our platforms – for the latest news and updates. Now they will have access to that public service on KPBS-FM 24-7.”

KPBS radio schedule changes to focus on news and information

KPBS’ shift to a full schedule of news and information features several significant changes:

• “These Days” is changing its name to “Midday Edition” and will be an hour-long program at noon.

• “Editors Roundtable” will become “The Roundtable” and move to noon on Fridays as part of “KPBS Midday Edition”

• All of the same popular and highly rated programs currently airing on KPBS radio will remain, however they may be airing at a new time. Please refer to the schedule at for an up-to-date look at KPBS 89.5 FM’s new lineup.

• There are several new programs being added to the radio schedule:

  • “To the Point” – hosted by Warren Olney is a national interview/public affairs program with a West Coast feel (weekdays at 11 a.m.)
  • “Q” – is an arts, culture and entertainment program from the CBC and hosted by Jian Ghomeshi (weeknights at 8 p.m.)
  • “PBS NewsHour” – an audio feed of the award-winning PBS news program (weeknights at 9 p.m.)
  • “The Splendid Table” this is one of the most popular cooking shows on public radio featuring Lynne Rossetto Kasper (Saturdays at 3 p.m.)
  • “Being” – Krista Tippet hosts this program about religion, faith and beliefs. (Sundays at 7 p.m.) adding classical music stream

KPBS is adding a classical music web stream to Now classical music fans can access their favorite music 24-7 on instead of only during the evening hours on radio. While KPBS’ radio feed of classical is ending, the station will continue to frequently feature local classical music performances on Saturday and Sunday evenings. In addition, KPBS will continue to feature Classical-24 on our HD2 station. HD radio is becoming increasingly popular and more affordable. Many new car models feature HD radio.

“These are very exciting changes for KPBS radio and the organization as a whole,” said John Decker, KPBS Director of Programming. “The addition of these new programs, along with some of the time shifts will better cater to our audiences who like thoughtful news from a local, national and world perspective – and throughout the day and night.”

“These Days” moves to Midday

“These Days” has been on KPBS radio at 9 a.m. for 20 years and is the station’s signature news magazine program hosted by Maureen Cavanaugh. The new name, “KPBS Midday Edition,” reflects the program’s new timeslot and also complements KPBS’ lineup of news programs: starting with “KPBS Morning Edition” on radio, to the upcoming “KPBS Evening Edition” on television (see below).

The new “KPBS Midday Edition” will be an hour-long program featuring Maureen Cavanaugh at the helm. Decker saw an opportunity to capture a potentially larger audience at noon, while also having more time to react to and cover the stories of the day. Having three additional hours in the morning to prepare will allow the “KPBS Midday Edition” team to present a more powerful news-packed program.

“Our goal is to make ‘KPBS Midday Edition’ more relevant and timely at noon,” said KPBS General Manager Tom Karlo. “The staff will have more time to react to the news of the day to bring our audience a very news driven discussion that is more timely. KPBS is continually working to best meet the needs of our local audience and we see this as a tremendous opportunity.”

“KPBS Evening Edition” coming to television this fall

In addition to the changes on radio, the KPBS news team is preparing for a September 26th launch of a weeknight television news program called, “KPBS Evening Edition.” The 30-minute program will air Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. and feature thoughtful analysis of the news of the day. Video packages, interviews and multimedia features will highlight the program.

The addition of “KPBS Evening Edition” will allow KPBS to offer local news on all three platforms. The news block on KPBS-TV will shift to accommodate the new program, but “Nightly Business Report” and the “BBC World News” will remain in the schedule. The “PBS NewsHour” will continue to air at 7 p.m.

“I am thrilled that a KPBS nightly news program is just on the horizon,” said Karlo. “This move will be KPBS’ trifecta of news on all platforms. Our first step toward that goal happened two years ago when ‘San Diego Week’ began airing on Fridays and KPBS re-launched its website as a news service. We now reach more than a million people each week on TV, radio and digital media.”

“As a local news outlet, KPBS is in a unique position of growth and success,” said Karlo. “While other news outlets are scaling back and combining positions, KPBS, thanks to the generosity of our members, donors, and corporate supporters is reinvesting that support to provide a vital public service to the local community: thoughtful news and analysis on KPBS 89.5 FM, KPBS-TV, and”

KPBS is a public service of San Diego State University, serving the region with TV, Radio and Internet content that is educational as well as entertaining—and free of commercial interruption.


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eyvind | May 10, 2011 at 9:52 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I am rather disappointed on this move. News is fine for most of the day, even at night.
The classical channel is not a replacement for Performance Today.
I am far less inclined to donate more than ever.

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EABarrera | May 11, 2011 at 7:32 a.m. ― 5 years ago

This is a sad, disgusting development, and why San Diego is not considered a major or significant city in this country and around the world.

24-hour news on KPBS means two things only:
1. Endless repeats of previously aired segments;
2. No local radio station to support classical music on a serious basis.

Expect the San Diego Symphony to fold soon as well, as a local public which can't tell the difference between Mozart and Yanni gets their way and the cancerous dumbing of America continues.

Shame on KPBS. I will be canceling my membership and encouraging others to do likewise.

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UCNana | May 11, 2011 at 8:32 a.m. ― 5 years ago

I am not pleased with most of these changes. I'm a morning listener and rarely will I get the information at noon. The idea of "dumping" the classical music is exactly the wrong way to go--we don't need any more information, repeated over and over. We get enough information--what we need is more contact with arts and culture. An evening of classical music soothes the otherwise overwrought soul!

KPBS is looking more and more like everything else, which I don't support. Soon I won't support you either.

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busybj | May 11, 2011 at 8:56 a.m. ― 5 years ago

I applaud this move. I think we are catching up with other cities. There are many people who don't have a chance to listen in the morning and would appreciate having access to the priceless NPR news product. I also don't think it has to be either/or with classical music. We can have both classical music and 24 hour NPR programming. It reminds me of arguments that say we shouldn't have a professional sports team because we need more libraries. Why is it either/or? San Diego is growing, and also shaking it's anchor of a reputation as a conservative city, and the demand for 24 hour NPR programming points to that.

I expect financial support to explode, and don't be surprised if classical music also grows in local appreciation too.

Way to go KPBS, I will be encouraging others to join.

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jeamland | May 11, 2011 at 11:10 a.m. ― 5 years ago

I like the idea. I always end up shutting off KPBS at 7:00 because I'm not interested in that content.

However I think there will likely be some shuffling to get some San Diego-specific content at times other than noon only!

With the classical stuff on HD Radio, everyone's a winner.

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SurDel94 | May 11, 2011 at 12:34 p.m. ― 5 years ago

We will miss the classical evenings, especially Performance Today. Not sure how I feel about this change, I like a lot of BBC programming, but think we are missing out by losing the classical music.

Also, World Have Your Say is pretty much my least favorite show ever, and it's repeated requests for people to call in with their conspiracy theories the day after Osama Bin Laden's assassination sealed my opinion of it. Total garbage.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 11, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Thanks so much to all of you for letting us know how these changes will impact you!! If you don't like the changes, I'll just ask one thing of you: please give it a try. If you don't like it after that, let us know. We take all feedback seriously and we want to know what works -- and what doesn't.

And for those of you who are looking forward to the changes -- thank you! It's good to know that you think we're on the right track. Keep listening and please let us know how we can better serve you!

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cal92103 | May 11, 2011 at 2:41 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Great to expand on news broadcasting! This is definitely what most listeners want. However, the only local program, 'these days', has been cut from two to one hour! Why on earth? Now we are ending up with LESS local news while international news are vastly expanded. reconsider!!

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lmschatt | May 11, 2011 at 3:10 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I am very excited about this change. There will, of course, continue to be hours during which I am not personally interested in the programming, but I think the addition of so much BBC programming will provide a nice balance to all the US-based news programs. Although I am interested in local news, I don't think Maureen Cavanaugh is a very good interviewer or moderator, so I'm thrilled that her 2 hours have been cut to one. I prefer the local news segments that are included in KPBS Morning Edition, particularly those from the Fronteras desk. Thanks for being willing to try something new, KPBS!

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Rrmandt | May 11, 2011 at 4:27 p.m. ― 5 years ago

There are so many places to get news and so few to listen to classical music. I will miss going to sleep listening to KPBS. I will give in and get an Internet or satellite radio in order to find a new source. But if I don't listen to KPBS anymore, I certainly won't donate anymore either. Good luck with new format.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 11, 2011 at 4:28 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Hi cal921036~ Glad to know you appreciate the news programming. We made the change to "These Days" because we expect it to be stronger as a one-hour local news program. Ratings show that the second hour of These Days (10am) has a much smaller audience and, because of the noon time slot, the show will be more relevant when it comes to the news of the day. In addition, we can align that coverage with what we feature on the nightly TV show we are launching in September.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 11, 2011 at 4:29 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Thanks lmschatt~ I hope you enjoy it!

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TomW | May 11, 2011 at 4:32 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I generally tune to KCRW during my after 6 p.m. evening drive home (KCRW airs ATC until 7, and Warren Olney until 8.) so I'm generally pleased with this change to all news.

However, there's WAY too much BBC on your new schedule. What happened to NPR's Talk of the Nation and Science Friday? I'd much rather hear these programs than the BBC, which has tended to repeat their programs throughout the day (I've heard the same weekend BBC program on KPBS both at 5 a.m. and then again in the afternoon.)

And as with your current schedule, airing the BBC Newshour early Saturday afternoons is another tune-out. The BBC Newshour isn't a Saturday afternoon program. I'd suggest swapping Rick Steves to the earlier Saturday afternoon line-up.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 11, 2011 at 4:35 p.m. ― 5 years ago


You can listen to classical 24 hours a day with an HD radio or here on (

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smarberry | May 11, 2011 at 4:54 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Don't have computer in my bedroom, where I really want to listen to your late-night classical music. Nor is my computer hooked up to stereo speakers for good listening. I was so happy just a few days ago that you were moving Peformance Today to 9:00, as it's my favorite classical music show and I always listen before going to sleep. And now it's just for a couple of weeks?! This is a total bummer!

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rob13 | May 11, 2011 at 4:59 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Appreciate the change in format for overnight. We use an internet radio and in the evening I switch to KPCC (in Pasadena) which has a lot of BBC broadcasting programs. It sounds like KPBS will have a good variety and I will probably be back to KPBS.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 11, 2011 at 8:09 p.m. ― 5 years ago

TomW~ I read your comment and checked in with our program director to get more details. He was very impressed with your knowledge of our programs! He also had this to say:

"Not all BBC shows are the same, same as not all NPR shows are the same. World Have Your Say is a global call-in. The World Today -- an evening newsmagazine -- and Newshour are produced by separate staffs, which is similar to the way Morning Edition & All Things Considered are produced. While they come from the same company, they have different editorial staffs. Lastly, there is a significant news audience on Saturdays as evidenced by the BBC’s performance at 1. Rick Steves is a nice show, but has proven to not hold an audience very well."

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 11, 2011 at 8:13 p.m. ― 5 years ago

rob13~ It's nice to have you back!

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 11, 2011 at 8:15 p.m. ― 5 years ago

smarberry~ I feel your pain. I wish we could make everyone happy with the resources we have. Our programming staff is paying close attention to these comments and will consider this feedback moving forward.

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rpcvlawson | May 11, 2011 at 10:47 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Well...looks like I'll be changing my radio to a different station at night. I look forward to falling asleep to classical music.

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wrthliving | May 12, 2011 at 7:17 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Oh this is very bad news. Performance Today is my favorite evening show, not to mention The Writer's Almanac. I don't have a computer in the living room, so that won't work. There is way too much BBC on the station now, more will be even worse. I'm afraid you've lost a listener.

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ramos01 | May 12, 2011 at 7:57 a.m. ― 5 years ago

I am going to miss Performance Today, but I didn't like hearing it at 7pm. It seemed to be too early for classical music, especially in the warmer months when it is still sunny close to 8pm. I would have moved Performance Today to 8 or 9pm and put more local programming in the 7-9pm slots.

I will try the classical streaming, but I am not sure that I will like it, mainly because I liked the show format, with a host that explains some background for the music being played.

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jeliaser | May 12, 2011 at 8:42 a.m. ― 5 years ago

This is a fantastic move. I'm thrilled. News is news and classical music is classical music. Trying to shoehorn them both into the same station does a disservice to both.

I'm particularly pleased with the move of Marketplace to 6:00 p.m. Now I can actually listen to my favorite show live on my commute home, rather than having to listen to the podcast later.

You just earned yourselves a subscriber.

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wrthliving | May 12, 2011 at 8:44 a.m. ― 5 years ago

An afterthought to my first dare you make such a monumental change without taking a survey of your listeners!! I thought this was PUBLIC radio. It sounds like you have other motives.

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wrthliving | May 12, 2011 at 9:10 a.m. ― 5 years ago

I just browsed pricing for hd radio receivers...ARE YOU JOKING!!!???
I would need a pledge drive for myself to be able to afford one. How could you?

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 12, 2011 at 9:47 a.m. ― 5 years ago

rpcvlawson ~ We will miss you and I wish we could meet your needs. Please consider our sister station, KUSC in LA. They try to serve all of Southern California with their service and have a strong enough signal that many people in San Diego County can listen. They are at 91.5 FM and you can learn more on their website: And, of course, XLNC at 104.9 FM also plays 24-hour classical (

ramos01 ~ I understand. I like Perfromance Today too and we've heard from others who share your opinion. Unfortunately, the cost was just too high, especially when we considered how many people we served. We decided to put that money toward news and information, since we find that more people use that service in San Diego. I am collecting comments for our programming department, and I will share this with them. Thanks for letting us know!

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 12, 2011 at 9:49 a.m. ― 5 years ago

jeliaser ~ Thank you!!! So glad you like the changes!

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cantejondo | May 12, 2011 at 10:47 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Thank you, KPBS, I'm very hopeful about these changes! I love "Here & Now" and "The World", but have frequently found the time slot inconvenient. Moving both of them earlier in the morning will make it easier for me to tune in and enjoy.

Also, having lived in Canada for several years, I sometimes miss the CBC so I look forward to hearing from folks above the 49th parallel once again. The fact that we will be able to hear international programming that is not necessarily *British* programming is very much appreciated.

Out of curiosity, are there other English-speaking news analysis programs available from other global markets-- say, from Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa? I would love to hear that kind of diversity. And are there other California-focused programs (like the California Report) or locally oriented discussion forums (like our Editors' Roundtable) that might satisfy the listeners clamoring for more local flavor?

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bonelessbeauty | May 12, 2011 at 1:16 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I quite enjoy "Here and Now", but I am really going to miss "These Days". "These Days" has been my primary source of local news and events, and unfortunately, I am much less likely to hear it at noon. Hopefully, there will be some way to include more local content in the mornings.

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bix | May 12, 2011 at 2:57 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I think the switch to all-news is a good one that will allow more focus for the station. I don't ever listen to the station after it "goes classical" in the evening and am sure there are other outlets where one can hear classical music, including the proposed web stream. News at all hours is great for people who have off-peak hours, too. I did like These Days at 9am and am generally out and about at noon, so will probably miss it now, but this is by no means a reason for me to stop supporting KPBS. Thanks for providing reliable and objective news, and relevant, interesting stories.

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gabox82 | May 12, 2011 at 3:11 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I am glad and excited to hear of the changes that are coming as I almost never listened once the classical music started up. I would love to hear some locally produced programing.
Looking forward to hearing what´s to come.

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Sandt | May 12, 2011 at 3:37 p.m. ― 5 years ago

What a sad day. Love, love, love the classical music. So many venues for news, but classical music is so scarce. I enjoy These Days, but can only repeat what others have said here and on Voice of San Diego: there is a big need in the community for more local news.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 12, 2011 at 4:16 p.m. ― 5 years ago

cantejondo ~ I'm happy to hear you like the changes! As far as local shows...
“The Editors Roundtable” will air at noon on Fridays as part of “KPBS Midday Edition” and will be called “The Roundtable.”

We also have have 15 newscasts on the radio each day, with 10 reporters producing at least six stories per day, including day-of news stories and longer form features, series and investigations. All of their stories appear on the Web, and may also take the form of TV packages and periodically as documentaries. Our reporters cover beats that include the environment, health, business, military, the border, investigations, film, metro, arts & culture, science & technology, and education. All of this is in addition the work of our producers on "Midday Edition," formerly These Days.

Regional coverage shows up in our newscasts through a project called Fronteras, a partnership with stations throughout the Southwest. We are covering the border region together and sharing stories that are relevant to other listeners in the region.

I'm checking with our program director about the other international shows available and I'll post here when I hear from him.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 12, 2011 at 4:31 p.m. ― 5 years ago

bonelessbeauty ~ Thanks for letting us know! We are still covering local news in the mornings. I outlined some of it in the previous comment, but I'll add that we have newscasts several times an hour in the mornings and afternoons and two newscasts midday.

If the schedule for "Midday Edition" doesn't work for you, we also have the segments posted on our website and you can subscribe to our podcast here: The podcast subscription for Midday Edition will be available late next week.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 12, 2011 at 4:34 p.m. ― 5 years ago

bix~ Thanks so much! Glad you like the changes. Are you normally out and about in your car at noon? The reason I ask is because that was something our program director considered when he made the change. Our research tells us that our listeners actually tune in more often at noon, since they are out and about in their cars.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 12, 2011 at 4:35 p.m. ― 5 years ago

gabox82 ~ Thanks so much! Glad to hear you like the changes!

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 12, 2011 at 4:37 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Sandt ~ Thanks so much for letting us know. Our research was telling us that people were tuning out during the second hour of "These Days," so we decided to focus on quality rather than quantity. Please give "Midday Edition" a try and let us know what you think.

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greenleeb | May 12, 2011 at 5:22 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I am hopeful. I remember when KPBS broadcast news and information programming 24 hours and I remember being disappointed when they started the classical music instead overnight. I do love classical music but KPBS was my source for information.

I hope KPBS keeps up or expands the local interest stories that These Days provides. If there is a shift to covering the daily news like CNN or the other junk news stations, I'll be disappointed. Give us more BBC, too.

I've noticed over the last few years NPR has been trying to attract a younger audience by adding some 'weird' news pieces. I still do not like the absence of Bob Edwards. I think this is an example of 'dumbing down' the programming.

I could go on. I'll wait and see. Nobody looks forward to change. I hope for the best.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 12, 2011 at 5:48 p.m. ― 5 years ago

greenleeb~ Thanks for being hopeful! Change is hard, and we all appreciate that you are willing to stick with us!

We will have more BBC and the new Midday Edition will focus on local news. We'll also have local newscasts several times an hour in the mornings and afternoons with two newscasts midday.

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heteromeles | May 12, 2011 at 5:48 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I like the BBC overnight, but I've got to admit, I can't figure out why Weekend All Things Considered will be moved to 2:00 pm. The only thing 2:00 pm news is good for is putting kids to sleep.

Every other place I've listened to NPR, the weekend news started at 5:00 pm, and Prairie Home Companion either came before (3-5) or after (6-8). 4:00 pm is (for me) a wasted time, because I'm usually doing something, and by the time I get to where I can turn on the radio, it's over.

Considering the dearth of decent news programming on San Diego weekends (TV, radio, or whatever), I hope that KPBS will eventually get a clue and move Weekend All Things Considered closer to the dinner hour. You don't have any competition on the TV for 5:00 pm news, and you could haul in a big audience.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 12, 2011 at 7:07 p.m. ― 5 years ago

heteromeles ~ Good feedback, thanks!

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speedyfastcat | May 12, 2011 at 11:03 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Looks like some very interesting changes coming.
My suggestions: adding more Alison St.John to anything (perhaps as moderator for Editor's Roundtable); she's great.
More Tony Perry to appear as a guest on any local news panel shows. They are true local shining stars.
Bring back the California Report (full hour).
Add as much BBC World News that your budget will allow! Not necessarily the call-in shows, but just more of what they do so exceedingly well.
These Days has always been a hard show for me to follow for various reasons, including the interviewer who never seems to have done her homework and, most infuriating, when there is a really interesting, topical topic, the show devotes perhaps 15-17 minutes and there's clearly a huge queue of callers, and it's clear she's in over her head ...
Here & Now and The World are terrific.
I think, all in all, it's going to an interesting experiment!

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fourbirds | May 13, 2011 at 12:09 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Thank you- I am thrilled with this development! I was an avid NPR listener in Colorado and was very disappointed to find only music after 7 pm here. Now I can listen in the evening again and I will be resuming my financial support. One show I really miss is Talk of the Nation. I would love to see that in your line-up in the future.

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nunaguna | May 13, 2011 at 6:04 a.m. ― 5 years ago

This is wonderful news (no pun intended)! And Q is a great show (I am a longtime CBC listener). Thank you KPBS!

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lhsd92101 | May 13, 2011 at 9:32 a.m. ― 5 years ago

These Days/Editor's Roundtable have been part of my morning routine for years. I tune in for the LOCAL focus. I'm ok with going back to the one-hour format, but the noon time frame will probably lose me as a listener. We miss you, Gloria Penner!

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cantejondo | May 13, 2011 at 12:10 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Sorry, Tammy, I didn't mean to suggest that KPBS isn't already airing programs such as "The CA Report" or "The Editors' Roundtable". I listen to both regularly and enjoy them very much.

Given the number of posts here lamenting what is perceived as the loss of local content/focus, I was wondering what other programs there are out there that are similar to Editors' Roundtable, California Report, etc. Do they exist? Are they affordable? Would their content and quality satisfy the contingent of people who are clamoring for more Focus On My Back Yard? (FOMBY-ism?)

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longtimelistner | May 13, 2011 at 1 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I will definitely miss the classical music later at night, I also put it on to go to sleep. And I'm sorry, but telling us to go buy an expensive internet radio is not a realistic option. Just say, too bad, we're not playing music anymore. I hope you get enough response to play the classical music from 9 pm to midnight, listening to news before going to sleep is not going to help anyone relax.

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row1x | May 13, 2011 at 1:47 p.m. ― 5 years ago

This is a huge step in the wrong direction! We are already overwhelmed with both news and commentary. We really don’t need any more. Most of this is highly repetitious anyway.
What we DO need is MORE quality music on radio (not just streaming – not everyone has access to this – especially while driving). It is a shame KPBS has taken this step to remove classical music from the “airwaves” and replace it with “noise.”

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mrcarlo | May 13, 2011 at 5:11 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Well, what a disappointment...just what we need more 24/7 news coverage. You guys are hardly being innovative or forward thinking in this move. And I seriously hope you reconsider this decision to eliminate "classical music". KBPS and its classical music at night has always been such a pleasant refuge. FYI, HD radio sets are not as plentiful as you suggest. In addition, listening to it on the computer is not as convenient or sounds as good as it does on the old fashion stereo....boooo!

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smater | May 13, 2011 at 9:04 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I would like to add my voice to those who have expressed disappointment at losing the evening classical format. I love going to bed at night with a good book and turning on KPBS and being gently lulled to sleep by the classical programs. Also wonderful when I wake up in the middle of the night and want to have some quality music to enjoy. I do not want to hear news at that time of the night. I too don't have a HD radio, and my computer is not in my bedroom. I enjoy the daily format, but this will be a very sad change for me. I hope KPBS will seriously re-think this change. For me it will cut back on my listening time. The 24/7 news format does not give me the balanced format that I have so always enjoyed.

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JohninLJ | May 14, 2011 at 10:01 a.m. ― 5 years ago

To the KPBS staff - I really look forward to the new format and all those great new shows. I am sure it took a lot of time, research and discussion to decide what to add and what to remove. Congrats on being so bold and giving us so much more news and entertainment. I will miss some of the music at night, but will listen often to the new shows. This has prompted me to re-up my subscription. My only suggestion next time you add a show - please consider "Le Show." I think the KPBS audience fits the demographic of that show perfectly.

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gdd9000 | May 14, 2011 at 2:47 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Finally, I've heard rumors of this change for years and I am so glad to see it finally put into place. Now, no longer will I be forced to listen to the local right wing AM radio stations to glean a bit of whats happening out there in the world. I am disappointed that some of the programming will be "fluff" like Being or call-in shows like World Have Your Say. If I wanted call in shows I would listen to the aforementioned AM crap stations. Having the BBC as the primary overnight source is the best idea yet. It can be so frustrating to find actual news (not of the FOX/CNN tripe that dominates our nation). I do wish that some of the better shows out there in public radio were featured. I would much rather hear Living on Earth, Whatd' Ya Know, Planet Money, or Radiolab than some of these "lite" shows like Q or Being (seriously a bad call with this one). And there is the wasted 4 hours every weekend spent on that monstrosity of boredom Prairie Home Companion, but all-in-all KPBS is showing its ability to respond to the wants and needs of its supporters and I am happy to be in that group. Please stick to your guns on this one. Thanks!

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jerhee | May 14, 2011 at 3:10 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I think it's good that news will play later into the night. I will miss Performance Today and From the Top. I love Prarie Home Companion and Car Talk and I'm glad to see they're not going anywhere. Rick Steves puts me to sleep and I think it should be replaced with Piano Jazz. Marketplace Money is one of my must-listens, so I guess I'll have to tune in earlier. I'm also glad to see that This American Life is now being played twice. I'm skeptical of Splendid Table and "Q"; I would prefer music shows to lifestyle shows. I think lifestyle shows appeal to a very narrow section of listeners - those with spare money and spare time.

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tentwelveeight | May 14, 2011 at 4:03 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I want to say that within seconds of reading this news I called in and donated another $50 to KPBS and I made sure the man accepting my call knew that the sole reason for my donation was this announcement.

There is no shortage of places to listen to or discuss classical music, but there is a depressing dearth of relevant and insightful news analysis the likes of which NPR, the BBC, and KPBS provide. Huzzah!

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lagunagrl | May 14, 2011 at 5:21 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I am one of your disappointed listeners hearing of this change. News 24/7 is not good for ones soul. I always looked forward to turning on my radio when I went to bed to listen to classical music. I also don't have a computer in my bedrooom and even if I did I wouldn't turn it on to stream any classical music during the night.

I agree with another person's comment that you are putting a spin on this change. It's not for the good of your listening community. Why can't you be honest about why you're screwing with your schedule. And I agree with another person's comment: Rick Steves puts me to sleep! There is so much good programming out there that you don't take advantage of--maybe it is a funding problem, but if it is, and we're such a BIG city, then get some money.

I contributed for this year (I've been a regular contributer), but I think that will be the last time. Sorry to see you make these changes. They suck. Get some decent, enlightening programming. BBC for an hour was great. BBC for any longer is not.

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KarchInSanDiego | May 15, 2011 at 7:55 a.m. ― 5 years ago

yayyyy. I'm really happy about this change. I usually turned off KPBS on the radio at 7pm. Just one thing I would like to see though is possibly having an evening local news edition. Maybe just for a half an hour or even 15 minutes, recapping the local days events. Just a thought. Thank you thank you thank you so much for the change though.

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KarchInSanDiego | May 15, 2011 at 8 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Eh... to my previous post. I just saw the KPBS evening edition in the article... so disregard the evening broadcast part of my post. Looks like KPBS read my mind. I definitely will become a member KPBS (Sorry for the 2nd post)

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dhart | May 15, 2011 at 8:20 a.m. ― 5 years ago

I am very disappointed with your pending elimination of the classical music that I have enjoyed for many years. News/commentary in the morning and afternoon is OK, but in the evening I greatly prefer listening to classical music. Please reconsider your decision.

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mickeen | May 15, 2011 at 10:04 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Our entire family is very sad over the change to "news 24/7". We have been listening to and supporting your/ our station since 1974, The numerous above comments, from the Public, voicing disappointment are accurate and sincere. Your agenda and actions do not contribute to those who enjoy culture and access to quality music with radios presently owned. KPBS has lost us as supporters. I predict many folks will be listening to and supporting a fine classical station just over the border. XLNC1, 104.9 FM.

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crysharris | May 16, 2011 at 11:31 a.m. ― 5 years ago

The new schedule is not friendly to car listeners. Moving "These Days" to one hour makes sense, but moving it to noon means that those of us who are employed will not be able to listen to the program. I listen to "These Days" in the morning, on the way into the office, and the topic catches me up on local politics, environmental issues, and important events.

Additionally, as we are all aware from '24 hour' news on television, there isn't that much going on every day. Therefore, much of '24 hour' news is repeating stories from earlier and creating weird 'color' stories to fill the gaps.

The addition of enhanced BBC content will be welcome as I find BBC journalists conduct more in depth interviews of their political and financial guests and they cover topics around that World in more depth than PBS reporters traditionally do. However, the timing of these shows guarantees that I will miss most of this content. Do you realize that there will be no Marketplace during commute hours to sum up the day's financial news?!

There will be no reason for me to support your station if I can't listen to important daily content. I support because I consume.


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Aaroneous | May 16, 2011 at 11:53 a.m. ― 5 years ago

I am thrilled by this change. Almost nightly I was disappointed by such an early end to news programming. Seven was way too early. That is not to say that I don't think classical has a place on the radio, it just shouldn't impede news broadcasts. I used to live in a city where there was a parallel classical station, and that.was a perfect system. Having an HD2 option is not so ideal, but better than having the two compete for time. Too bad I'm moving now. And unfortunately to a city whose NPR news is on HD2. That is a backwards arrangement.

Anyway, thank you for stepping up the news programming.

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bbenson | May 16, 2011 at 2:07 p.m. ― 5 years ago

About Time!! KPBS, welcome to the 20th Century. From maybe 2,000 listeners a night to 200,000. Kinda makes sense. Keep this up and soon you might make it into the 21st Century.

PS I can finally support you again instead of sending my money off to a really progressive but distant and hard to receive KCRW in Santa Monica.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 16, 2011 at 4:24 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Thanks to all of you for letting us know how this affects you. Our program director is considering all feedback and he takes it very seriously.

Thanks so much for your support speedyfastcat, fourbirds, nunaguna, JohninLJ, gdd9000, jerhee, tentwelveeight, KarchInSanDiego, Aaroneous, and bbenson.

cantejondo: I appreciate your follow up comment. Before you responded I checked in with our program director about your comment and he said this: "There have been other English language news programs available to public radio in the past, but none of note right now. As for local flavor, we are working more closely with our California public radio partners to bring more state and regional coverage to KPBS. The Fronteras project is a good example of that."

longtimelistner, row1x, mrcarlo, smater, lagunagrl , dhart and mickeen: I'm so sorry to hear that you will miss the classical music. It wasn't an easy decision. We've also heard from many people who like news at night. We wish we could please everyone, but we have to focus our public service on the programming that serves the most people.

lhsd92101 and crysharris: I'm sorry to hear that the time for the new Midday Edition is not convenient for you. Please consider subscribing to our podcasts: You can listen any time and on the go.

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jpeterson | May 16, 2011 at 6:20 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Sooo pleased with the move to more news coverage. I am coming back as a member now. I would like to propose adding Science Friday, and getting rid of It's Only a Game with it's East Coast bias.

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thechilanga | May 16, 2011 at 6:59 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I am a long-time member of KPBS, and I am looking forward to getting to know the new schedule and programs. I hope that you might consider adding Talk Of The Nation in the future. When I heard the promotion on the air about the movement of These Days to noon, I was sure it was to make room for TOTN! Oh well, I am a bit disappointed about that, but otherwise I am excited for more news and some new weekend programming.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 16, 2011 at 7:03 p.m. ― 5 years ago

jpeterson and thechilanga ~ Thanks so much for your support! I'll let our program director know that you are interested in Science Friday and TOTN. Only a Game has a loyal following (even here in San Diego), so it's going to be around for a bit.

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rhech | May 16, 2011 at 8:05 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I am really happy about this change. I never understood why public radio in a market as large as San Diego did not offer news and information content in the evenings. It also made me feel like the programmers were making assumptions about their listener base that if we are public radio listeners, then we must be Classical Music fans as well.

The classical music content in the evenings was the sole reason that I had not contributed to the station in the past since I always ended up streaming content from other public radio stations instead. It would have been great if you added programs like Talk of the Nation and Radiolab, but I will definitely become a contributor with the changes you are planning already.

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memberx | May 16, 2011 at 11 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I have been a proud supporter of KPBS since moving to San Diego 5 years ago, and I'm excited to hear that news and informational programming will be available 24 hours a day. My evening commute usually begins after 7pm, and it's always disappointed me that only classical music was broadcast in the evenings -- particularly in a city with such a large listening base like San Diego. Although I'll miss listening to These Days during my morning commute, I think the new programming is a very positive change!

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jsnrch | May 17, 2011 at 3:54 a.m. ― 5 years ago

There is some good and some bad in the new changes. Fortunately, I don't see any ugly. ;)

I listen to KPBS mainly Sun-Wed early morning to early afternoon and have grown to enjoy the program schedule as is. The only new addition I am looking forward to is To the Point. The shuffling of Marketplace to 3 PM is unfortunate. I look forward to Kai Ryssdal's daily economic rundown on the drive home each day; and since I'm home by 2:30, I will miss Marketplace's new time as well as A Way with Words. I had been wishing you would add Talk of the Nation which is a favorite I have missed since moving to San Diego from Washington DC.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 17, 2011 at 8:42 a.m. ― 5 years ago

rhech, memberx and jsnrch ~ Thanks so much for your feedback! I'm happy to hear that you will be enjoying news in the evenings. Sorry to hear that the new schedule will not be perfect for you, but I appreciate your understanding and thoughtful responses.

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MarkW | May 17, 2011 at 9:02 a.m. ― 5 years ago


Mostly what I'll miss is "The Writer's Almanac" segueing nicely into "Performance Today" in the evenings. But I feel that you chose the next best thing by making Classical available 24x7 via streaming -- and let's face it:

(a) Classical's followership (and $ base) is dwindling - so economically this was a prudent response.

(b) Streaming radio represents an increasing format for listening anyway.

Now more than ever we need clear, level-headed news and analysis. KBPS is our best defense against CNN-style attention-deficit disorder-driven news rants. The financial crisis, the debt crisis, the healthcare crisis -- pick one. We need rational thought here and I'm glad KPBS is stepping up and delivering it!

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 17, 2011 at 9:07 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Thanks, MarkW!

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kacifay | May 17, 2011 at 11:07 a.m. ― 5 years ago

I really appreciate the additional news--especially the uptick in international news--but question: where is "Democracy Now!"? The award-winning, non-corporate news program is considered a vital part of programming at other NPR stations and affiliates nationwide. KPFK in Santa Monica airs "Democracy Now!" but unfortunately their San Diego transmitter no longer works, leaving me to download it daily (as I'm certain other KPBS listeners do, as well). Please consider "Democracy Now!" the next time you revise the programming schedule.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 17, 2011 at 12:33 p.m. ― 5 years ago

kacifay~ Thanks so much for your support! I'll let our programming department know that you would like to see "Democracy Now!" added to the schedule.

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classy1 | May 17, 2011 at 10:18 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Subject: Please keep Performance Today! Please put it in on KPBS HD2
Tammy, thank you for monitoring this discussion and your service to the best educated audience in the region.

I am registering my disappointment at the programming change. I have never thought I want more news, and I have often waited for 7pm to turn on the radio for the evening. I have ordered an HD radio, but even with this accommodation, I am not sure it will work as I am at the edge of your signal.

I made this purchase on the hope that the classical programming maintains the same high quality. XLNC1 is... ok. They lack the variety and the host insights offered currently on KPBS. Anyone can hit "shuffle" on a classical collection (internet streaming). Anyone can buy the 'greatest hits' collection and play it over and over (the former K-Mozart in LA). KPBS provides a higher quality than other options. I hope that will continue.

Performance Today is the best of those classical programs. Please make sure Performance Today is a part of the new KPBS HD2 programming. Please consider leaving Performance today at 7pm on weeknights, but I would compromise for 9pm as well. Performance Today is the perfect evening companion when you don't have a human one. :)

If anyone else loves Performance Today, please speak up and let station management know.

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ThisDay | May 18, 2011 at 2:28 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Thank you KPBS! Finally!

As to those who say there are many places to get news and few to listen to classical music - I disagree and I am baffled by your position. There are many right-wing propaganda stations in San Diego, and at least one 24/7 classical music station, but KPBS is the only station that offers more than the occasional morsel of news, as opposed to the cynical editorializing that seems to dominate other “news and talk” stations. To me this change is like a tall drink of water in the desert. If I had any money I would open up my checkbook to show my appreciation.

By the way, am I the only one who is positively excited to see World Have Your Say come to KPBS? I love that they will air literally anyone calling in from anywhere, and I look forward to joining their discussions. Hearing conspiracy theories is the price you have to pay for that kind of inclusiveness, which is ultimately beneficial to democratic ideals and the prospects for global solidarity IMHO. On the other hand, I would much rather hear Democracy Now!, Radiolab or Planet Money than Being. I hope KPBS takes a listener survey after a few weeks or months of the new programming schedule to see if there are some minor tweaks like this that would satisfy most listeners. I would be more content to have a show like Being that isn’t relevant to my life if it turned out that most listeners wanted to hear it. Either way, I agree with kacifay that Democracy Now! would be an especially appropriate addition.

All in all, I think San Diego is finally catching up to other cities and I am happy to see the day. Add me to the chorus of listeners who usually turned off the radio after The Writer’s Almanac. If a lot of KPBS listeners are left out, maybe some compromise option could be available, like airing one classical music show at 9 PM and then switching back to news and information after the Euroclassical fans go to sleep. Even better, in my mind, would be some kind of world music show, or maybe a show about California’s rich tapestry of musical intersections, from First American traditions to cool jazz to mariachi to socially conscious hip hop. I know it’s hard to invent a show from scratch in this economic climate, but even an existing show with any of those themes would offer something that’s rare to nonexistent on the radio here. That might help balance out the Eurocentrism, too. I would really love a cooking show for vegetarians and/or starving students but maybe that’s a little unrealistic.

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notafan | May 18, 2011 at 7:39 a.m. ― 5 years ago

I'm glad to hear that KPBS is expanding its news coverage past 7pm. I am also glad that Maureen Cavanaugh's program has been moved to noon. She needs all the time she can get to prepare for real news reporting. She is fine for features, but does not seem to have the wisdom to report real news. On May 2nd, after Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs, Ms. Cavanaugh chose to interview a local Imam instead of representatives from the Naval Special Forces units who train in our own backyard. Maybe the Muslim Community Center donates a lot of money to KPBS. Just a speculation. How else to explain KPBS's and Maureen Cavanaugh's one-sided coverage of Osama bin Laden's death.

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cbs970 | May 18, 2011 at 1:28 p.m. ― 5 years ago

You can count me out as a future donor/member. No classical, no donations. I can't be tied to a PC all night when I listen. Fortunately we get KUSC in North County, so thet are my station now.

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marceechipman | May 18, 2011 at 1:28 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Sorry - we do NOT NEED 24/7 news. We need a break from news - and to cancel Performance Today is absurd - - and now we must purchase an HD radio to hear classical music??? unless you want poor quality through a laptop! Guess what - - I'm CANCELING my monthly contribution! Sleep on your own bad news of the world.

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ThisDay | May 18, 2011 at 4:08 p.m. ― 5 years ago


I didn't hear the OBL program, but you raise a good point. Most religious minorities' nonprofit organizations are flush with cash and spend it subtly influencing news coverage, unlike the US Navy. That's probably why this is the only place you heard from an imam. Instead of using their massive financial influence and their ability to set the agenda on American news media, they spent it all in one place to get the most one-sided coverage possible, for an hour. Of course, they donated to KPBS as a whole, but they probably thought the message would be more effective if it were limited to one hour in the morning instead of all the local news features throughout the day.

Fight the good fight for the First Amendment! America needs you to stand up for our poor, beleaguered Navy which has no voice in the media. When will American taxpayers wise up, and start donating to the Navy so they can buy more air time? Maybe soon, with your help!

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reverett52 | May 18, 2011 at 8:55 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I have been SO PLEASED with These Day's host Maureen Cavanaugh. I hope the change to one hour is as big an improvement as her taking over These Days was. Perhaps concentrating the content will be a challenge but certainly not a loss.

I agree that losing the classical music, especially PT, is disappointing. However, I consider the continuation of public broadcasting to be so essential that I'm willing to support changes that keep it viable.

My memory stretches back to PBS in Minneapolis broadcasting classical music ONLY. And then they introduced Hearts of Space - controversial indeed!

Thanks for continuing to balance the world of "news about the news" out there. The analysis and erudition on KPBS is refreshing and restores my faith in the future of humankind. Seriously.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 19, 2011 at 9:36 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Thanks so much to all of you for sharing your thoughts.

Those of you who are interested in learning more about the These Days change: You can tune in to These Days today at 10 to hear about the changes and the history of the show and how it evolved. More info is here:

A question for those of you who are interested in classical music: Do you miss classical music as a whole, or is it mostly Performance Today? classy1 and so many others have mentioned PT by name and I'd like to get a better understanding about what is most important to you.

Thanks so much to all of you for participating in this dialogue.

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javatestcase | May 19, 2011 at 10:11 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Very VERY pleased with this move. We will double our contribution. I'm sure many people are in the same situation as ourselves, working in offices until 6-7pm every day. The option to listen to news in the evenings will have an positive impact on our lives.

Frankly, all the people complaining about a classical music station should look into getting one started. If there really is a market for it, then I'm sure someone would be happy to start one for you. Failing that, get XM radio or a smart phone with Pandora, plenty of choices for music format.

There are plenty of options for music. There is only one news source in San Diego worth listening to. KPBS.

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kriskissner | May 19, 2011 at 10:25 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Well...we sure resist change, don't we?
I, for one, pined over the loss of American Roots and the World music on Sunday nights...I usually change to another public radio station after 7...I have a nice library of classical music that I can listen to when I'm in the mood for that sort of thing.
My feeling is, with access to the Net, listeners can get whatever they want.
Thank you for putting forth the effort to be innovative. Just be as willing to tweak it if it doesn't produce the effects you are looking for.

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jv333 | May 19, 2011 at 10:31 a.m. ― 5 years ago

This is great ...I just wish there was more local and live news and analysis ...and I think "Planet Money" is an excellent 'public media' program...any plans to carry it?

also, a lot of Morning Edition stories are repeated...will that be addressed so we don't hear repeated items?

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faiththomas | May 19, 2011 at 10:35 a.m. ― 5 years ago

A web version of Performance Today is not the same as hearing it on my stereo. Why not leave it at 9 pm as you have the last couple weeks, or even 10? All news and no play makes for an unbalanced day.

However, on balance, I am happy you are adding news programs and moving Maureen to noon.

How much of this decision has to do with member contributions and funding? Be honest.

Very pleased you are continuing A Way With Words and Wait Wait, however why must you repeat them and repeat Marketplace twice during the day?

Please do not cancel Performance Today.

Tom Fudge is great, Amitha Sharma is fabulous. Let Gloria Penner retire. Bring in some new blood. Good move on the change in time but the hostess?

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ripetersen | May 19, 2011 at 10:37 a.m. ― 5 years ago

I'm glad that classical music will continue to be broadcast online and on HD radio. I noticed, however, that the mobile site only has a link for streaming the news channel, I hope that the mobile site will soon have an option for classical music.

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Sbdse | May 19, 2011 at 11:27 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Glad to hear of this change. I also struggled to get reception for LA public radio stations after 7p. Wouldn't mind the classical music so much if the playlist weren't so insipid. And, must say that since Dan Erwin left it has been painful to hear the hosts of These Days struggle through interviews. That sort of amateurish broadcasting is appalling in such a big market as SD.

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wga | May 19, 2011 at 12:12 p.m. ― 5 years ago

KEEP PERFORMANCE TODAY!!!!! Daily at 9:00 pm is a good time for it.

I was very disappointed in Tom Karlo's response this morning regarding Performance Today concerns. Sending those who listen to and love Performance Today to classical music on a stream or telling them to buy an HD radio seemingly lacks understanding in the value of this program to those who listen to it as well as the ability of ALL KPBS listeners to access the internet in their homes or buy another radio. Performance Today is an excellent program that cannot be replaced by simply offering streamed classical music.

I'm deeply disappointed with this move to 24/7 news. That's not particularly supportive to a balanced life. We don't need 24/7 news on our public radio station. I've lived in other states, and their respective public radio stations thrive by offering a balance between strong news programs and music (i.e. Blues Box and World Cafe--both awesome programs) in their Monday-Friday programming. In addition, although I can see why moving These Days to Noon fits into the overall goal of the station, as discussed this morning on that program, ultimately, more people will lose out on a very good program than will be gained. The new hour doesn't fit into my usual daily schedule, so I'll miss it very much. This is a great program in the 9:00 hour (Maureen Cavanaugh does an excellent job) and should remain there, even if they want to eliminate the 10:00 hour since there has not been enough listeners at that time. I'll say the same for the new Roundtable--it should stay at 9:00am on Friday. I like the idea of moving it from a strictly editor's format, but I hope the editor's continue to play a strong role in it.

I'm sure there was a more productive way to maintain the core programs in their current times while still increasing the presence of news programs without virtually negating the current line-up. One caller this morning brought up an interesting point. What feedback from those who enjoy KPBS was garnered before moving forward with these changes? As the caller stated, and I paraphrase her, is KPBS moving from Public radio to Producer's Club radio?

Finally, please KEEP PERFORMANCE TODAY!!!!!

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 19, 2011 at 1:04 p.m. ― 5 years ago

javatestcase ~ Thanks so much for your support. Glad that you like the changes!

kriskissner ~ Thanks for your feedback and support. We do plan to make changes once we see how people are using the service. So please... speak up if the schedule does or does not work for you!

jv333 ~ I'm checking on the answers to your questions. I'm not sure about Planet Money. I can give you a general answer to your question about Morning Edition. First, the program comes from NPR, so we don't control the order of the stories. However, I can say that the repetition of the stories is strategic and is based on in-depth research on listening patterns for public radio audiences across the country (how long they listen, when, how often, etc.). Based on the fact that you notice that the stories repeat (many people don't), I'd say that you are what we call a "core listener." Thank you!! We really appreciate your loyalty!

faiththomas ~ You ask some very good questions. I'll need to check with our program director and I'll get back to you with answers. I did talk to our general manager Tom Karlo about the finances and he said this: "This move has absolutely nothing to do with funding." Tom took over as general manager more than two years ago, and when he did he was very public about his commitment to local news and analysis. His goal was for KPBS to evolve into the premiere source of news analysis in San Diego in the next 5 to 7 years. We're two years into his plan, and this move supports the promise he made back then. In addition to this change on radio, in September KPBS will be launching a TV nightly news program.

For those of you who commented after faiththomas: This response is getting long... For ease of reading I will respond to the other questions in a separate "comment."

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 19, 2011 at 2:05 p.m. ― 5 years ago

jv333~ I have answers, via Tom Karlo:

"Planet Money still continues. It is not its own program. Planet Money stories are aired as parts of Morning Edition & All Things Considered. Also Planet Money produces segments for This American Life. It still lives."

And for the story repeats, Tom says:

"ME (Morning Edition) and ATC (All Things Considered) are produced in 2 hour blocks. So ME starts at 5am and a new hour at 6am. The 5am hour is repeated at 7am while the 6am block is repeated at 8am. Our core listeners including me listen for more than 2 hours so we do hear repeats. This also applies to ATC."

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ThisDay | May 19, 2011 at 3:17 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Blues Box? There is a public radio blues show? Oh please please PLEASE play that. It is the perfect counterbalance to years of whitewashing, Eurocentric classical music that is not relevant to San Diego's demographics or tragic relationship with European invaders. Or its more recent history of segregation and racial exclusion.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 19, 2011 at 3:41 p.m. ― 5 years ago

ripetersen ~ We're looking into all of our mobile options. We should have some answers in the next couple of weeks.

Sbdse~ Thank so much for your support. Sorry to hear that you are not enjoying These Days. The changes we are making are intended to improve the show. Please let us know if the new and improved Midday Edition meets your needs.

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wga | May 19, 2011 at 4:31 p.m. ― 5 years ago

There's also Blues before Sunrise, which is good as well.

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jmckane | May 19, 2011 at 8:28 p.m. ― 5 years ago

There are so many good programs produced around the country. I suggest: On Point with Tom Ashbrook also out of Boston, Being (formerly Speaking of Faith) with Krista Tippett, The Beat Authority with David Sommerstein-NCPR, This American Life with Ira Glass, The World Cafe with David Dye, Afropop Worldwide with Georges Collinet, The Latin Alternative with Josh Norek & Ernesto Lechner, The Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, Selected Shorts with Isaiah Sheffer, American Routes with Nick Spitzer. The programing at KPBS is so limited as to be "lame". I have traveled around the USA and find many stations have more diverse and professional programing. The current 2 hr block 9-11a is so terrible I can hardly listen, even if the segment is interesting. The interviewer is an amateur. We deserve better.

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philski | May 19, 2011 at 10:09 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I think this is a TERRIBLE move on the stations part!
24 hours of non-stop news???


After a long day of (mostly bad) News the best part of the 89.5 broadcast day is Writer's Almanac followed by Performance Today.

This break from the news programming gives you a chance to Digest, Ponder, Consider, Reflect on what this day has offered, and you and your family's place in it.

He reads the day and the date, someone's birthday, some poetry, some meaningful words... and its followed up with beautiful music... violins, pianos, guitars, harps, voices... reminding all there is so much to life.

It brings Balance.

I cannot even begin to count the number of authors and poets and composers and musicians that I have been introduced to by these two shows.

A Great Nation Deserves Great Art...

Also, "classical streaming internet channel" is not even close to being the same thing as listening to music played on an FM channel and you know it.

However, news shows and talk radio sound fine compressed and streamed at 32k and played on ear buds and a little one inch tall plastic computer speaker.

And can you please explain how:

6 hours of BBC World Service and 4 1/2 hours of Morning Addition help KPBS "fulfill its goal of being the premier local news analysis organization in San Diego"

A Great Nation Deserves Great Art...

There are already 10 million sources for NONSTOPNEWS... why add another?

A Great Nation Deserves Better.

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dialyn | May 20, 2011 at 7:20 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Is The Writer's Almanac gone?

I don't have strong feelings about the change one way or the other, though it will take some getting used to the new schedule. I didn't like everything on "These Days" but I appreciated the format allowed for a more thorough examination of some issues and introduction to local art and music. The difference I've noticed between public radio and the other news stations is the willingness to spend time on a story instead of giving little bites of headlines and then dashing off to the next gossip or scandal. I hope that tradition doesn't change. Since I've been out of work, I've been a faithful listener to "These Days." During my mother's long illness ending in death, I hung on to "These Days" like it was a life raft. I will miss having coffee and a bagel every morning with Maureen Cavanaugh, a delightful companion. My thanks to her and her team -- I owe her a lot for getting me through some difficult times. I hope KPBS doesn't turn into a BBC clone. I like the BBC but that's not why I listen to KPBS.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 20, 2011 at 9:34 a.m. ― 5 years ago

wga ~ First, I hear you loud and clear on your request for Performance Today... That is a common thread among all of these comments.

As for how we came to this decision... First, the Producer's Club did not drive this decision. I answered part of your question in my response to faiththomas, who commented right before you. You may have already read it, since I posted after you asked your question. Since there are so many comments and responses, I'll share here again for your convenience:

"I did talk to our general manager Tom Karlo about the finances and he said this: 'This move has absolutely nothing to do with funding.' Tom took over as general manager more than two years ago, and when he did he was very public about his commitment to local news and analysis. His goal was for KPBS to evolve into the premiere source of news analysis in San Diego in the next 5 to 7 years. We're two years into his plan, and this move supports the promise he made back then. In addition to this change on radio, in September KPBS will be launching a TV nightly news program."

Your comment gets to some bigger issues than that, so I'll try to address them as best I can.

In addition to Tom's goal to position KPBS as the premiere source of news and analysis in San Diego, we also check in with our audience via focus groups and surveys and other research provided to us from a variety of sources such as Arbitron and Nielsen. Since we can't talk with all 3 million people in San Diego County, we use research to get the best understanding of what San Diegans want. We work with reputable companies (in San Diego we work with Research Works: that select the participants in a way to best represent San Diegans. We then make decisions about our program schedule based on what these people tell us.

We take our job as a public institution very seriously. With every expense, we think about the individuals who donate their hard-earned money so we can provide public service.

But with 3 million people to serve, we know we' won't make each person happy every day. So we try to satisfy as many people as possible without compromising quality.

Thanks so much for asking the question!

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 20, 2011 at 9:42 a.m. ― 5 years ago

ThisDay, jmckane, philski, dialyn ~ I need to check with our program director to address some of your specific questions. I think I can answer them all, but I want to make sure the info I give here is accurate. He is traveling today, so I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

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Twiggy | May 20, 2011 at 10:46 a.m. ― 5 years ago

If what I am hearing right now is an example of the great BBC - is it? - then I can really switch my radio to some Mexican music!
I heard yesterday that you changed your programs. This listener is not terribly happy so far. This morning I have been infuriated by the fact that listeners' questions were not really answered, that there were too many subject treated in the one hour allocated to serious questions.
Like everything else in this country, you have been going from great to mediocre and now you are going from mediocre to idiotic.
Is this the result of the bad education system at work with all the new graduates taking new posts and making changes for the sake of change?

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dawn_heidi | May 20, 2011 at 11:12 a.m. ― 5 years ago

First, I am a BIG fan of classical music. I often listen to XLNC1 when driving the kids to school, which is a nice, peaceful way for all of us to start the day. (I switch over to KPBS after I drop them off. Sorry, but news just does not seem to be kid-friendly.) I'll also stream classical music over the internet at work ( or So, in that respect, I'm looking forward to KPBS's classical music stream. To me, it equals more choices in classical music. The fact that it's streaming does not diminish the quality for me, since I have earphones at work and an Apple Airport at home, which has great sound quality. There are other systems out there that will allow you to listen to streaming radio; you don't have to buy an HD radio.

Second, I also love Performance Today. I really enjoy the insight behind the pieces, which you don't get on any of the classical music "stations" (radio or internet). So I'll miss that. :-( But! A quick Google search revealed that I can go to and listen to today's edition! Whew.

Third, when KPBS switched over to classical music at night in the early 2000s, my husband and I were actually sad. We enjoyed listening to the BBC as we went to bed. I know, we're super-romantic that way. ;-) So, we're looking forward to the change back.

To sum up: 1)There's a good (and expanding!) source of classical music on the internet. And still a pretty good source of classical music on the radio. 2) Also thanks to the internet, we don't have to miss Performance Today. 3) Looking forward to hearing more BBC.

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RJU | May 20, 2011 at 12:07 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I place a high value on Performance Today and would be sorry to see it go. Devoting so many hours to news seems excessive. In any 24 hour period one eventually winds up hearing the same content over and over. Moving weekend All Things Considering to early afternoon will cause me to miss it most days. Traveling around the country I have heard a variety of interesting PBS programs that have never appeared on KPBS, where the schedule has been static and somewhat stale for a very long time.

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DG | May 20, 2011 at 12:09 p.m. ― 5 years ago

My 2 late 2 cents: I'll really miss The World at lunchtime, my one week-day daily KPBS habit (otherwise I hear snatches in the car at various times, usually Marketplace) - and I'll miss classical music in the evening when I'm reading, which offered more variety than XLNC1 does. Guess I'll have to try the streaming thing, with a little help from geek child. Very relieved to see Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me in its usual time slots! Love that show.

Agree with previous posts yearning for more balance, less hammering away at the news. While I prefer PBS as a news source, the accumulated (& repeated) stories do eventually make a person weary. Hope your news coverage goes into more local depth than other sources, well beyond the crimes du jour.

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wga | May 20, 2011 at 12:15 p.m. ― 5 years ago


Forgive the quick reply, but I don't have much time at the moment.

Thank you for addressing my points. I appreciate your attentiveness to this board and the issues raised. I certainly hope that the members' requests about Performance Today will be taken seriously and the program returned to the line-up.

I also agree with a couple of other comments pertaining to BBC. While I enjoy the program currently on the air, multiple hours of BBC programming is simply too much for one day. I understand that this is the beginning of changes to the programming, and I hope that those decision makers responsible for it will be open to what their public has to say even if it doesn't come in the form of a Research Works survey.

Having The Blues Box, World Cafe, and/or American Roots (thanks to jmckane for reminding me of this great program) added to the schedule will benefit the SD audience. Such programs situate us in a larger world context in a way that strictly news formatting, which has its place and a particular delivery method, cannot. While one (news) may help us to see what's going on and how it might impact us, the other fleshes out, if you will, other world experiences.

Thanks again!

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pschrock | May 20, 2011 at 2:08 p.m. ― 5 years ago

This is REALLY great news. Having recently moved to San Diego from Los Angeles, I have sorely missed my KPCC (so much so that I almost wrote you a letter about it just last week).

So glad you are moving toward this more engaged, more contemporary NPR model. There is so much good stuff out there right now and our city needs to hear more of it. Looking forward to tuning in and supporting your work.


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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 20, 2011 at 2:36 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Wow, this is an active space! I've seen some new questions since the last time I checked in. I'll get to those as soon as I report back with the answers I promised in my last post.

I checked with our program director, and he had this to say about the shows mentioned earlier:

1. Writer's Almanac: It's in the schedule and will air at 8 p.m. beginning Monday.

1. On Point: It's a "good show, but we already have Here & Now out of Boston and (I) thought To the Point from KCRW was a better choice."

2. Being (formerly Speaking of Faith) with Krista Tippett: "Check it out, we’re airing it Sundays at 7pm beginning next weekend."

3. The Beat Authority with David Sommerstein-NCPR: "I don’t believe it is available for national distribution."

4. This American Life with Ira Glass: Has been on our schedule for more than 10 years and will continue to be Sat & Sun @ 4pm

5. The World Cafe with David Dye, Afropop Worldwide with Georges Collinet: Says Program Director John Decker, "Great shows that we used to air. We dropped them when we went classical overnight 10 years ago. I did not add them at this time — or any other music specific programs — because we are focusing on news."

6. The Latin Alternative with Josh Norek & Ernesto Lechner: Our program director is not familiar with this show. If you have info on it, please post here and I'll make sure he gets it.

7. The Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper: This is one of the shows that will now be on KPBS Saturday afternoons at 3.

8. The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean, Mountain Stage with Larry Groce, Selected Shorts with Isaiah Sheffer, American Routes with Nick Spitzer: Says Decker, "We have aired most of these programs at some point in the past. I don’t have plans to add them in the near future."

9. Blues Box and Blues Before Sunrise: We decided to focus on news. Since these are blues shows, they don't fit with the new format.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 20, 2011 at 2:41 p.m. ― 5 years ago

jmckane: John Decker also responded to some of your comments.

You said: "The programing at KPBS is so limited as to be "lame". I have traveled around the USA and find many stations have more diverse and professional programing."

John Decker: "Some stations like KPBS prefer to keep the schedule more focused and thus consistently meet the expectations of the audience. In this market we have found that patch work schedules just don’t attract a very large audience. Believe me, we’ve tried it..."

You said: "The current 2 hr block 9-11a is so terrible I can hardly listen, even if the segment is interesting. The interviewer is an amateur. We deserve better."

John Decker: "We are working on These Days and feel strongly that the new format at noon will result in a much better program."

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 20, 2011 at 2:47 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Quite a few people asked about music shows, so I'm not going to respond to each individual but I'll address this to all...

Our program director suggested that you might want to contact KSDS, the other public radio station in San Diego. They are a jazz music format, so some of the great music programs brought up here might be just the right fit for that station.

Most of us here at KPBS are big fans of KSDS, and you can find info on their station here:

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kathi | May 21, 2011 at 1:14 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I've listened to KPBS for years. I think there can to too much of a good thing. BBC news is fine for a while...but then it makes sense to go on to something else. I still miss Talk of the Nation and Science Friday. I'll also miss the classical music and the Writer's Workshop. I've always loved KPBS for its variety; Listening to your shows always led to interesting discussions with friends and relatives.
Please...too much news is repetitive and depressing. I'm interested in a more 'well rounded" listening experience. Let's get back to "great art" as well as "great news!"

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RandomlySteve | May 21, 2011 at 1:19 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Oh, my.

Why not call it "Snooze and Information?"

Once again KPBS collects a selection of tired and generally mediocre programming to fill its broadcast day.

Didn't KPBS try this before and didn't it fall on its face before? Is there an ounce of originality anywhere on the San Diego radio dial (don't bother answering, just tuning around the answer is obvious on the face of it).

Thank goodness the signals from KCRW, KUSC, KPCC, and KPFK (and repeaters thereof) are sufficiently strong in North County as to make even owning a radio worthwhile.

Once again my choice to be an Angel level member of KCRW is reaffirmed.

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plaindave | May 21, 2011 at 9:03 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I never realized KPBS listeners were such a bunch of "my way or the hiway" snobs. Get over it!
If you are in to classical music download ---you will have 140 classic music stations from all over the world your fingertips.
If you aren't computer literate, get with it.

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RandomlySteve | May 21, 2011 at 10:06 p.m. ― 5 years ago

So, true, plaindave. is definitely your friend. You'll find broadcast streams of hundreds of noncommercial stations, foreign and domestic. The BBC alone will fill virtually all of your needs and desires for news, music, comedy, etc.

And you'll never have to listen to the Amateur Hour that is KPBS "These Days" ever again. . .

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LynneSC | May 21, 2011 at 11:11 p.m. ― 5 years ago

One more very disappointed in the new format. We enjoyed listening to classical music in the evening and then as we went to sleep, and waking to news in the morning. Exposure to different classical genres and explanations was instructive and enjoyable. The balance between music and news was perfect. Yes, classical music is available on internet radio, however, not on many bedroom clock radios and other sound systems. You have lost another listener and occasional supporter.

As an aside, a phrase repeated becomes trite and annoying. "Where news matters," as a slogan, has become an annoying phrase.

To my regret, we will be listening to another station in the future. Goodbye.

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DonInHillcrest | May 22, 2011 at 4:08 a.m. ― 5 years ago

I am disappointed and echo most of the comments made by lagunagrl, mickeen, wga, jmckane, philski, LynneSC and others.

I will especially lament the loss of Performance Today, a truly unique program of very high quality.

I am a news hound, but am not a fan of the mind-numbing and dumbing 24-hour news "cycle".

Nor do I think devoting fully one-third of your Mon-Fri schedule to the BBC is balanced. As well said by others, most of this "news" will be highly repetitious; and it is obviously single-sourced.

Finally, I am struck by the scope of these changes and the way they have been promulgated: from the top down, without soliciting the opinions of listeners and supporters in any genuine fashion (notwithstanding Tammy's response about the so-called "research" behind this.) This is completely consistent with the way KPBS has operated for many years, and is very disappointing.

Obviously, the changes reflect the "news-only" vision of the station's management. But they don't take account of KPBS's diverse audience.

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RandomlySteve | May 22, 2011 at 7:07 a.m. ― 5 years ago

@LynnSC: To reiterate, if you want diverse programming, is your friend (I have nothing to do with the site other than being a happy user thereof).

Every time I hear KPBS announcers say "Where news matters" I mentally add ". . . but not very much."

I've heard or seen significant errors of fact in their local reporting, both on air and on the web site, and have attempted to alert them to their mistakes via email and I have never seen them make a correction, much less even received the courtesy of a form letter reply.

As for KPBS TV, it's completely unwatchable, with their constant tin-cup fund raising on the weekends or repeats of repeats of repeats of Lawrence Welk (really?!? I'm an old geezer myself and I can't stand the smarmishness of it -- I can't imagine anyone under 90 being attracted) or Brit comedies that weren't all that funny in the first run, even if you got all the cultural references. But, as Alton Brown puts it, that's another show.

Your computer or your smart phone is definitely your friend. There are hundreds of competently run public and noncommercial stations out there streaming everything from bluegrass to Beethoven and all point in between and you'll never have to put up with KPBS's lack of programming imagination again.

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RandomlySteve | May 22, 2011 at 7:08 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Yeah, there are too many "ands" in that third paragraph. So sue me.

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davidl53 | May 22, 2011 at 10:06 a.m. ― 5 years ago

I'm pleased to read that 'To the point' has been added. However, I thought that KCRW carried it live at noon. Am I wrong or will this be a day-old broadcast? Will KPBS listeners hear it an hour early?

I'm really sad to be without 'A Way With Words'. Is there no place for that locally-produced program?

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davidl53 | May 22, 2011 at 10:18 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Classical music is avaible to San Diego 24/7 on XLNC1 broadcasting from just south of the border. In most of San Diego their signal is much stronger than that of KPBS.

That brings to mind a question. Now that TV has gone digital and the KPBS FM signal is no longer at risk of disturbing TV, is there any chance of a better KPBS signal? In my part of SD (near Cowles Mt.) the XLNC and the KCRW signals are both more powerful than that of KPBS.

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tara_kirk | May 22, 2011 at 1:35 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Finally! Since I moved to San Diego a few years ago, I have been so disappointed in the evening programming... I looked forward to listening to NPR in other cities and states while travelling during the evening. I can exclusively leave 89.5 on now, without having to find an alternate chioce each evening, bravo!

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beachcomber | May 22, 2011 at 8:56 p.m. ― 5 years ago

By and large, I like the changes and I do think that change is important in every organization.

I have to admit that I probably listen to KPBS half-time via internet . I suspect that the programming available to me online will experience blackouts as a result of more content from the BBC and, presumably, licensing and distribution rights. Maybe I will get classical music?

One thing that I think is a pity is the change in name of "These Days". It is a break in branding that, for me, goes back to the Dan Erwine days. The content may be the same as it was before but the identity is different - more generic and no longer "San Diego".

Although I am strongly positive on BBC programs in general, I have to admit that "World have your say" can become trying because of the poor quality calls from cellphones all over the globe. I get a fair dose of it from my Sirius radio when I am on the road. An everyday diet is just too much.

When I am pottering around the house I will switch over to BBC Radio 4 online when I get tired of listening to PBS. This is particularly true during pledge drives. Don't misunderstand me, I give something at every drive throughout the year but, along with this re-think of the programming, there needs to be a re-think of how to raise money in a much less intrusive way.

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thomasf | May 23, 2011 at 12:37 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Adapted from the top of this article:
"To fulfill its goal of being the premier ***************************************LOCAL NEWS ANALYSIS ****************** organization in San Diego, KPBS is taking significant steps toward better serving the community. Starting on Monday, May 23, KPBS 89.5 FM will begin airing 24 hours of news and informational programming."

I doubt this is the case. I suspect it was a financial decision. Someone mentioned moving around Rick Steve's show to better serve the community and the moderator said it wasn't holding an audience. I'm sorry to say it, folks, but neither is Performance Today. If KPBS made more money from classical programming than they hope they can from news they would not be making this change.

In this day and age free content has never been easier to find. I suggest to everybody that they look around the web and find programs outside of our market that are of interest to them. This includes the vocal classical music listeners who feel they have been slighted.

To KPBS: Please be more transparent about your fiscal situation and your motives for programming changes. When 94.9 FM introduced talk radio into its morning line up I sent an angry email to the programming director. He replied with a completely disarming response, which was essentially a plea for understanding. It turns out that people will listen to music in the afternoon but not the morning. By bringing a talk show on in the morning they could increase listeners at that time and support other programs with the financial gains from the morning talk show. Since nobody listened (except a few squeaky wheels, classical music lovers) to morning music anyway, the station could maintain less lucrative shows that were well loved. I thus implore KPBS to be honest with us. Did you really feel like we needed KPBS to change formats so strongly, or did you make tough financial decisions to protect the station as a whole?

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 23, 2011 at 1:26 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Twiggy ~ You were listening to BBC Changing World ( I'm so sorry to hear that it doesn't suit your taste.

dawn_heidi ~ Thanks so much for your thoughtful response.

RJU, ~ Message received. We've heard from a lot of people who miss Performance Today.

DG ~ Thanks so much. We're trying to create a balanced schedule that gives San Diegans the best of local and national news. We will continue to avoid "crimes du jour" and if we do cover them, we plan to do it with smart analysis and context for why it is important.

wga ~ Thanks for responding. As you mentioned, this is just the beginning so we will be making changes as we learn more about what works and what doesn't. (BTW, I'd never have known that your reply was quick! It was quite articulate!)

pschrock, plaindave tara_kirk ~ Thank you for saying so!

kathi ~ We're trying to create a balanced schedule, which is why you'll see local classical music pefrormances (SD Symphony, La Jolla Music Society, etc.), Splendid Table, Rick Steves, Car Talk, A Prairie Home Companion, Only a Game, A Way With Words, etc.

LynneSC ~ We're so sorry to see you go. Please consider staying with us for the Sundays at 8 when we will air local music performances.

davidl53 ~ I'll look into your question about "To the Point" and I'll get back to you when I have an answer. About the signal strength... Yes, we are working on some options that will increase our signal strength. I can't go into detail here, but it's something we've been working on for quite some time and we hope to have a plan in place soon!

beachcomber ~ Thank you for your thoughtful post. I'll check in about the rights issues for streaming, but off the top of my head I don't think we'll have any issues. I'll post here when I know for sure.

thomasf ~ I am being very honest when I say that this was not financially motivated. As you can see by the diversity of responses here, many people love the all news format. Of course, many don't and we are listening to the people who are saying that they will miss classical music. However ... Ever since we added classical music in 2001 we've heard from people that they miss the news in the evenings. So this was in response to that feedback, in addition to our general manager's strategic vision for KPBS to become the premiere source for news and analysis in the next five to seven years.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 23, 2011 at 2:19 p.m. ― 5 years ago

davidl53 ~ I checked with our program director and he says, "To The Point is aired the day its produced. KPBS listeners will hear it an hour earlier than KCRW listeners."

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johnd2442 | May 23, 2011 at 2:59 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I'm so so excited about this change. I had to go to other sources for my news in the evenings, and I really love being able to hear news in the evenings now. Not only that, but I like the additional shows and love that the positively awful "Here and Now" is being changed to a lesser time slot. I'd be even more overjoyed if that terrible show was eradicated completely from KPBS. But for all of those people who are saying that they will contribute less to the station in the future, I will do my part to contribute more to offset them. KPBS is a news station; it is great to hear more news.

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Jimborooney | May 23, 2011 at 3:03 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I've enjoyed your news programs since moving into the area 20 years ago. But your Classical music programming (excepting Performance Today, occasional SD Opera broadcasts) was nowhere near the quality of KUSC--particularly the Saturday opera broadcasts!

WHERE is "A Way With Words"??? That is a program I'll particularly miss!

I'm guessing BBC is a low/or no-cost programming option, since you're relying on them to fill so much of your time--on the whole, I enjoy BBC programming, and feel this switch is probably good for the station. Since my evening listening to you is pretty much limited to car trips, most of what you do in the evening is of little interest to me.

Thanks for being there!

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 23, 2011 at 3:17 p.m. ― 5 years ago

johnd2442 ~ Thanks so much for your support!!

Jimborooney ~ "A Way With Words" is now Sundays @ 3 p.m. Thanks so much for your support!

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 23, 2011 at 3:38 p.m. ― 5 years ago

beachcomber ~ Our program director assures me that there are no rights issues and that there will be no blackouts.

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classy1 | May 23, 2011 at 10:20 p.m. ― 5 years ago

1) (For Tammy) Is there any words about the scheduling of Performance Today on KPBS-HD2? I have trouble getting a signal and was unable to check tonight.

2) Bandwidth is not ubiquitous, nor nearly the same price point as radio. Streaming media has it's strengths and weaknesses, but it is not a direct substitute for radio.

3) For those who may not understand the concern from classical listeners, please be aware that KPBS programming wasn't just classical music. It is/was good classical music programming. As stated above, it would be a shame to expect a playlist on shuffle to be consider on par with the quality programming we had before. I understand that many enjoyed the "music to relax with" aspect. It needs to be stated that the programming is/was more and gave the attentive listener a great survey and history of audio beauty.

4) (Back to Tammy again) As I just stated, the regular classical programming has strong appeal. My greatest disappointment is the loss of Performance Today. Performance Today is great radio providing the best performances. Often, the performances are not available anywhere else.

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wga | May 23, 2011 at 10:52 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I found this quote by KPBS program director John Decker on quite interesting. The article states, "John Decker, KPBS’s programming director, said the station doesn’t expect to lose the wealthy listeners who like the classical programming and contribute donations. “They have money, they’re older, they’re upscale, yeah, but they also listen to news programming,” he said, predicting that they’ll continue to do so."

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disclaimer | May 24, 2011 at 1:35 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Not sure what KPBS has been thinking, but you just killed the one and only classical music radio in San Diego county! I'm very disappointed and sad at the same time. Disappointed because we don't need more news after 8pm that is being repeated over and over. We need inspiration and creativity for the next day that was giving to us in musical art as classical music. Fred Child is a wonderful teacher of how to listen to classical music and playing remarkable pieces in Performance Today. What a waste that it has been replaced by news talk radio produced in a foreign country (BBC). I'm sad as there's no classical radio anymore to wake up with in the morning to go to sleep in the evening. You just limited everybody's choice. No inspiration, no creativity coming from this radio station anymore. I sadly turn-off the radio after 8pm. Give us back the classical music radio!

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Technonick | May 24, 2011 at 9:23 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Good riddance to the classical music. I'm so happy that KPBS has decided to join the modern age of public radio. When I travel for business, I was often amazed that my local public radio station switched to classic music at 7pm and their radio stations did not.
But "These Days" (KPBS Midday Edition) at noon? Really? That's the prime time slot. I can't imagine anything of value coming from that. I guess I'll be taking my lunch break with some other station.

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Nickolas | May 24, 2011 at 10:40 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Thank goodness for the change. I've been listening to public radio for 20 years or so, and the thing that I despise the most is how news, discussion, politics, and perspectives simply has to play second fiddle to classical music. I *like* classical music... but not everyone who listens to public radio does.

I personally cannot stand jazz, which is the second public radio music style.

So I do applaud this change. I'm not happy about every program. Frankly, a couple are just terrible, and you've missed some great opportunities for even better comment, but this is a definite step forward.

I lived in Mississippi years ago when the format changed on Mississippi Public Radio. That was in 2004, I believe, when they ditched the blocks of classical music from viewpoints from around the world.

Congratulations. KPBS is now only 8 years behind Mississippi. Anyone who thinks this is a problem is ignoring the world.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 24, 2011 at 2:03 p.m. ― 5 years ago

classy1 ~ (response to question 1): We don't have Performance Today in the schedule right now. I checked in with our General Manager Tom Karlo and he said this: "We are constantly going to monitor the programs on the air (via ratings) and continue to monitor comments and other feedback from individuals. We'll use all of that information to make decisions down the road."

It's only been one day so far, so I'll give Tom a little bit of time to gather information. ;-)

(response to question 4): Most of the people who say they will miss classical music have specifically asked for Performance Today. We are taking that feedback very seriously. I'll report back if I have more info. on if/when that show will be added back to the schedule.

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classy1 | May 24, 2011 at 9:27 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Thank you Tammy for continuing this dialog. I wish I could be more concise, but I promise my screed is on topic and insightful.

Re: 4) I appreciate your listening to feedback. If the cost of programming is not an issue in the format change, may I suggest that having just Performance Today back on at 7pm on weeknights on KPBS-HD2 as another means of appeasing the listenership.

Re: 1a) I understand that loyal classical listnership is a statistical outlier. While I am sad at the programming change, I can understand how programming consistency can be considered more important than diverse programming. Audiences have become segmented and no longer expect different programs on radio as is on television.

While I am sure you are better at market research than I, I want to remind you that research on the statistical outliers will be flawed and tenuous due to it's small sample size. In addition, there is the hurdle to HD radio that most of the market will not make. Also, it will be very hard to measure interest in programming that is not airing at all, but it will be quite easy to lose those listeners. It seems easy to appease these listeners.

Again, for reasons stated above, please consider continuing to air Performance Today at 7pm on KPBS-HD2. If it is not a large expense, I have trouble seeing an plausible reason for not airing it.

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classy1 | May 24, 2011 at 9:30 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Sorry to beat a dead horse. I want to clarify why there should be any classical programming at all.

Public broadcasting stations have a different mission than commercial. They are "subsidized" (scare quotes because it varies) because they provide a public service not being met through commercial means that we the people feel needs to be met otherwise. That gap is to provide a bigger world view than commercial media can profitably provide. Public broadcasting provides the escape hatch from the tiny world view experienced by the average citizen living just within their means. The in-depth news stories and broad coverage of events is a great example of this mission. The problem with news alone is it is not diverse, or healthy and reflects the problems in commercial media I would hope public broadcasting can be free from.

News coverage helps expand the community's view of the world, but the arts expands the community's view of life. Arts programming helps the community look beyond current events into the transcendent. Arts programming inspires and lifts the citizenship above their circumstances. The effectiveness of arts programming can not be effectively measured by short-term statistical analysis no matter how good the study. It is a reinvestment in the public good. We fund it because it makes us a better people, even if only a few speak up to defend it. Popular does not always equal excellence, but excellence is very influential. KPBS classical music programming is excellent and much better than the current alternatives. It is a disappointment that it will be available to less people to help lift people experience transcendent beauty.

For those who are considering rescinding their support due to the loss of classical programming, I ask you to reconsider. I believe in my arguments in favor of keeping classical programming on KPBS, but I also believe the mission served is not commercial. Reducing the argument to dollars is turning the station into a commercial entity, and ultimately, that is a lost battle for the fine arts. I don't agree with the programming change, but at least an alternative is provided on HD2. A worthy compromise... if only it had Performance Today still. :)

And dead horse, part 2:
There is yet another compelling reason to reinstate Performance Today on KPBS-HD2 at 7pm. It would stop the source of these rants and keep the Performance Today fans off the street, away from crime (at least, after the initial acquisition of an HD radio), out of gangs and prevent a future crime spree of questionably measurable proportion.

Thank you for letting me voice my opinions.

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SoCaliMama | May 24, 2011 at 9:57 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I haven't read through all 130-something comments, so this may be redundant.
I'm writing to express my disappointment in the decision to drop Performance Today.

I grew up listening to classical music on public radio and I find it extremely depressing that my local public radio program does not air ANY classical music during the week & very little on the weekend.

The decision to cut Performance Today is particularly disappointing. Performance Today does a wonderful job making classical music interesting and relatable to a younger generation. I was looking forward to listening to it with my own children when they are old enough and I already miss listening to it.

I tried listening to Q tonight and ended up turning it off. It was just too much talk for me in the evening. I hope you will consider reinstating Performance Today.

(Until reading the post above, I was not aware that KPBS had a classical music channel (If I understand KPBS HD2 correctly). It may be beneficial to mention this on KPBS when discussing the new schedule.)

Thanks for the opportunity to share my opinion.

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jay045 | May 24, 2011 at 10:20 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Here's one member who is pleased with the switch.

I did want to echo comments on adding Talk of the Nation. I know everyone has their "pet" program they want to be added to the lineup. But I do think Talk of the Nation is very compelling radio, engages listeners in varied subjects, and brings in an interesting assortment of experts and commentators. I think it would also bring in new listeners (they ought to hire me to do their publicity, no?).

My other pet request is providing listeners an opportunity to hear Fresh Air in an evening slot. I've know a couple of stations that run it in the morning and evening slots. Definitely understand the limited real estate, and potential costs for doing that.

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gibsongirl | May 24, 2011 at 10:24 p.m. ― 5 years ago

I applaud KPBS for changing to an all-news format. I believe San Diego will benefit from the change. I lived in LA for many years, and also commuted between San Diego and LA for a time, and I grew to very much appreciate the all-news format of KPCC. My radio was almost always on 89.3.

I have not read through all of the comments above, so perhaps someone else has mentioned this, but I would like to voice my concern that KPBS is relying too much on BBC news to fill gaps in the schedule. Perhaps as time goes on, that will not be the case? For now, I'm disappointed that KPBS can't find some other programs to slot it. KPCC seems to rely on BBC news only in the dead of night--perhaps KPBS could find a way to mimic their format.

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disclaimer | May 25, 2011 at 12:17 a.m. ― 5 years ago

You said that you are streaming classical radio. Well I tried and it does not work. Please fix this asap.

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tcjcristiani | May 25, 2011 at 1:11 a.m. ― 5 years ago

This is a sad day for public radio. Music through the Night was both beautiful and educational. We Implore you to return the classical music, as this is something sorely lacking in San Diego. What was so wonderful about this programming was that it wasn't simply classical music. The commentary was enlightening and interesting. The arts are always the first to be cut and our family is disappointed that kpbs falls in line with the status quo. HD radio is not a feasible investment for our family - with expensive costs and poor signal strength. Having a computer in every room in our home in order to avail ourselves of classical music streaming with spotty functionality is also not a realistic option. We are outraged and sickened that this island of fine arts in a sea of repetitive news programming is no longer available to the common family. You have all day for news, give us a break!

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branewave | May 25, 2011 at 1:25 a.m. ― 5 years ago

Where’s the wonder?

Where’s the excitement?

Where’s the culture? Where’s the art? Where’s the music? Where’s the creativity?

Who are you guys? What are you doing?

So, KPBS promotes its new, no classical music, schedule by saying that San Diegans who want culture on their radio should point their antennas at L.A.? Sounds like a particularly insulting joke Woody Allen might make about San Diego. – Yeah, we in San Diego don’t need no stinkin’ music, culture or arts; we need news shows, more news shows and then more news shows.

I don’t know why KPBS is going in their current direction but, not for a second, do I believe the reason given above. How does broadcasting BBC for eight hours a day further local news coverage? It hurts me to see a (should be proud) PBS station mouthing “cover your ass marketing new speak, mumbo jumbo” at their community.

Earlier posters have provided partial lists of the numerous creative and absolutely wonderful music programs available to PBS stations. (They’re produced by other PBS stations that see their responsibility to inform and entertain as an actual opportunity to enlighten and create.) These music shows have intelligence; spirit; heart and soul that can make one think and feel in new and exhilarating ways. They can inspire personal growth and well being, They open an understanding not just of other people, places and times but of oneself and life itself as well. – The new KPBS schedule has about as much music as Radio Taliban.

Where’s the excitement?

Where’s the wonder?

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 25, 2011 at 9:32 a.m. ― 5 years ago

disclaimer ~ I'm so sorry to hear that the stream didn't work for you. I wasn't able to replicate the problem, so it would help if you can tell me a little bit about how you tried to listen.

What operating system are you using (Windows Vista, Mac OS, etc.)?

What browser did you use (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.)?

What type of Internet connection do you have (dial up, Cable, DSL, etc.)?

Thanks for your help!

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RandomlySteve | May 25, 2011 at 9:35 a.m. ― 5 years ago

To those that are disappointed with KPBS's lack of originality in its programming: point your browser to and check out the hundreds, if not thousands, of program sources, running everything from bluegrass to bach and everything in between, before, and after. Get the BBC straight from the source. Find jazz programming that recognizes that jazz didn't stop when Miles Davis died (KSDS, I'm talking to you, fellah). News from the Voice of America or the CBC (what NPR wants to be when it grows up).

Seriously, you never need (or want) to listen to KPBS again.

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RandomlySteve | May 25, 2011 at 9:40 a.m. ― 5 years ago

To those missing Performance Today:

Streaming virtually whenever you want it. . . or go to their web site

and listen whenever you want to.

Face it, KPBS (and terrestrial radio in general), you're done for. Anyone with a cell phone and a halfway decent data plan simply won't bother even turning on the radio any longer.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 25, 2011 at 9:48 a.m. ― 5 years ago

jay045 and gibsongirl ~ Thanks so much for your support and your suggestions about the schedule. It's really helpful!

About Performance Today: We've heard from many of you that you miss the show. Our general manager and program director are aware of these comments and are taking the feedback very seriously.

I just ask that you give them some time to evaluate the success of this change. It's only been two nights since we've switched, so it's too soon to evaluate the new schedule and make changes.

I asked our GM Tom Karlo about it, and he said this: "We are constantly going to monitor the programs on the air (via ratings) and continue to monitor comments and other feedback from individuals. We'll use all of that information to make decisions down the road." (This may be a repeat to some of you, but I several posts said they had not read all of the comments... now that we're into the 140s I can see how that would happen!).

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cherrymavis | May 25, 2011 at 12:37 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Who chooses the music for These Days? Now Midday Edition. The music for these days hurt my ears, some days it was just too much, would have to turn down the volume, when that awful music? played.

I was hoping that someone would change the music to something appealing, with the new programming, it didn't happen, it is even worse than it was before.

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dialyn | May 26, 2011 at 12:26 p.m. ― 4 years, 12 months ago

I've been giving the new programming a chance. In full disclosure, I rarely listen after 7 pm, choosing to either listen to BBC 4 extra or watch television, so the presence or absence of the classical music doesn't change my habits. So far the programming has been pretty interesting. I like "World Have Your Say" because hearing the voices of people around the world commenting on topics is quite illuminating, and I do like "To the Point" which covers a topic in depth from different viewpoints. I avoid Facebook and Twitter like the plague so I don't know if you can get the same diversity there or not...and I will not be forced onto social media just because "everyone else does it" (an argument that doesn't impress me). After four whole days of listening (hardly a statistical significant amount of time), I'm going to say I'm content with the changes (which probably means everything will get changed again, given my luck these days). Good luck and stay well. And thank you for keeping "The Writer's Almanac" from my no computer brother.

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mstorrs | May 26, 2011 at 2:43 p.m. ― 4 years, 12 months ago

I like the addition of "To the Point". I used to have to change the radio dial to KCRW 89.9 to get it from the source. Although I'm not too impressed with "BBC World Have Your Say" --- reminds me of TV talking-heads blathering on as experts. Otherwise I like the change in the format, and will adjust as needed.

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sacooper | May 26, 2011 at 4 p.m. ― 4 years, 12 months ago

At lunch with friends today, we ended up bemoaning the loss of "These Days" in the morning. None of us can listen to our favorite program at noon, as we are with loved ones in a dementia care facility. And while we are happy about the news format, we are not wild about the BBC program. You are going to lose some morning listeners unless we can convince you to switch those two programs!

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steveberk | May 26, 2011 at 4:35 p.m. ― 4 years, 12 months ago

Can you PLEASE put Marketplace back to its evening drive time place in the schedule? Listening to it during the ride home in the evening helped me make sense of the economic and financial events happening around us. It was about the only thing worth listening to on the radio at that time of the day.

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lbeck | May 27, 2011 at 3:02 p.m. ― 4 years, 12 months ago

Please put PRI's The World back into the noon spot! Midday Edition's deep dive on a single topic (or a few) doesn't fit the lunch hour spot. I loved being able to catch up on world news with insightful features during my lunch hour.

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jas | May 27, 2011 at 5:51 p.m. ― 4 years, 12 months ago

My friends and I think that the change is wonderful! It is a "change", and many people have a problem with change, but we need good news. My only two suggestions (if you have funding or end up changing some of the new programs) would be to get the Diane Rehm show, which is excellent, and to possibly try the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. news. Good job!

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vicl | May 27, 2011 at 8:13 p.m. ― 4 years, 12 months ago

My wife and I are very disappointed that KPBS decided to go to a 24/7 news format with a heavy focus on BBC in the evening and night time. You have taken one of the best programs off the air - Performance Today. While I can understand that news is coming faster and people are more tuned into it, however Public Radio was suppose to bring to the 'public' the things that it should hear rather than just those things that popularity or sponsorship demanded.

I wonder why San Diego cannot have two Public Radio stations like the Traverse City, Michigan area has via Interlochen Public Radio where one station is all news and one station has predominately classical music with some selected NPR programs and news during the day time. The Traverse City listening area, Northwest Michigan, cannot have more than 200,000 people roughly 10% of San Diego County.

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Dorothy | May 30, 2011 at 4:19 p.m. ― 4 years, 12 months ago

This is a very disappointing move. I had noticed recently, even before this change, that I was hearing the same "news" segments up to THREE times a day, even as we are told that the station is expanding its coverage. If this is expansion, contraction is in order!
And some of the programs you are adding are very disappointing especially Krista Tippett ( does NPR actually stand for national public RELIGION?) Also that BBC program "Having your Say" I think it is called, where listeners call in from all over the world - this is at the level of FOX. Could there be any greater condemnation of NPR?
As another commenter mentioned, what about Science Friday, which is a very informative show, and Le Show, with Harry Shearer - that's almost local, coming from Santa Barbara, and very amusing.
And, of course, having weekend ATC at 2pm - what could you be thinking.
Having moved to San Diego from Philadelphia, home of WHYY and Terry Gross (thank goodness you are keeping her), I found KPBS rather disappointing. Performance today and classical music at night was one redeeming feature of KPBS.

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | May 31, 2011 at 9:14 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Thanks so much for the feedback and show suggestions. It's helpful to know what our listeners want to hear!

dialyn, mstorrs and jas~ Thanks so much for your support!

vicl ~ San Diego does have two public radio stations. The other, KSDS, is a jazz music format. Most of us here at KPBS are big fans of KSDS, and you can find info on their station here:

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dialyn | May 31, 2011 at 9:55 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I may be wrong but I listened to two segments from Krista Tippett and I didn't get the idea she was selling a particular religion (unlike the ultra conservative right networks) but instead is talking about spirituality in life and how to hold on to it despite the pressures of society to be consumer or technology orientated. I was a little skeptical until I actually listened to the programs and they seemed to me to be very thoughtful explorations on different topics. I don't know why spirituality should be excluded. We have other people's morals shoved down our throat by Bible thumpers...but does that mean we can't ever think about things beyond our little selves that aren't related to science or politics or the corporate takeover of these United States? I like the show, and I'm not a religious person (as you can probably tell). I have to admit, the show that hasn't really grabbed me yet is "Q"...but I couldn't even tell you why.

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wga | May 31, 2011 at 10:06 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Having These Days absent from the 9:00am time slot is a sobering reminder of how important a local voice is after national & international news. Here and Now is fine. I liked it previously, and I still like it. However, I think it would be better at another time. Perhaps 10am instead of World Have Your Say, which from what I've heard of it is interesting in a train wreck--can't look away though I want to--sort of way. Barring the return of These Days to the 9am time, which I would love to happen, a locally-centered program similar to it would be a good alternative.  

BBC news at 9pm, along with the Q, so not good quite frankly but for different reasons. The Q program I simply don't enjoy. After a day of constant talk, more talk from the radio is not what I'm looking for. For me, evening talk is time spent with family and friends. What parts of the BBC news I've heard in the evening is often repetitive and brings us back to the talk issue for me as well. So, sadly I find myself turning away from my public radio station more and more, especially in the evening. Whereas before it was a calming element in the evening, now it's anything but. Hopefully, Performance Today will return to the evening schedule as before.

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eweems | June 1, 2011 at 1:07 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Having moved here from Los Angeles, we really miss "Le Show". Also, more Amitha Sharma please! She's our new favorite reporter.

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jbeddows | June 1, 2011 at 2:51 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I think this move is deplorable. It's shocking how repetitive the news is already, I hear the same program and most certainly the same information throughout the course of the day, and to take away one of the strongest elements KPBS used to offer, Performance Today, is a horrendous decision.

I love to listen to the news, but PT was an invaluable part of their format and to drop it is to me, completely inexplicable. Not enough listeners? There comes a point in which pandering to the bottom line and baser tastes, is not acceptable, especially in public broadcasting, which I always believed had an obligation to uphold cultural standards. Truly shocking.

I hope this anti-cultural move is quickly reconsidered.

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gvgerak | June 1, 2011 at 3:03 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I have been a P1 listener since the disaster on 911. I'm so disappointed in this new schedule. KPBS midday edition cannot be compared to The World from noon to 1pm and now that Marketplace airs at 3 pm, I never can listen as I'm never in my car at that time. And to lose the Classical programming to BBC World Service ... that has been repeated several times during the day is just too sad for words. I fear I will no longer turn to KPBS first as the timing is just all wrong now.

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speedyfastcat | June 1, 2011 at 6:44 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

So far, so good.
Now, is there anything you can do to get BBC World News to broadcast a full 60 minutes (6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) on TV. The shorter broadcast just doesn't do it. I know KPBS used to broadcast the full 60 minutes. Do you think you can bring it back!!! Please, please, please!
Many thanks in advance ...

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umpy | June 2, 2011 at 1:34 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Thank you very much for changing your format. I haven't read through all of the comments but I am reassured to see that many people were looking for news programming after 7:00. I am saddened that so many people seem to be threatening to discontinue supporting the station. I understand that people should voice their opinions in a frank and direct manner but I have read far too many that sound too much like "I'm-going-to-take-my-ball-and-go-home-now" comments.

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philski | June 3, 2011 at 11:06 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Wow... as disappointing as the absence of Performance Today is, and that is substantial...

your rearranged scheduling of old shows and

addition of new shows, especially World Have Your Say and To the Point


Good work guys...

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TomW | June 3, 2011 at 12:16 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

As a frequent listener to public radio, I recall a “Talk of the Nation” program just after Neal Conan became host. He briefly interviewed the person who wrote the theme to the program. I recall the musician saying he took into account Neal’s voice when writing, saying he thought it was important that the timbre of the music match his voice.

Even earlier, I recall hearing Terry Gross talk about the variations that the Microscopic Septet came up with when they devised their theme for "Fresh Air."

I also remember Maureen Cavanaugh talking with Gilbert Castellanos about the then, new them to “These Days” and how he tried to incorporate various ethnic sounds into the theme.

Maybe I missed it, but I’m anxiously awaiting hearing the background of the cacophony which is now the KPBS Midday Edition theme. I think you could have done better.

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abenf | June 5, 2011 at 9:10 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm so glad there's something besides classical in the evenings. But I do have to say that the choices for news and talk have me a little confused. The BBC news is OK, but what's with the call-in shows? I can hear the opinions of uninformed people anywhere - I listen to NPR to get away from that! Talk of the Nation and Science Friday had callers, but at least there was real information there - they are truly missed. The local discussions are not really well prepared, so slimming down to one hour sounds like a good move.

I also wonder why there is not more NPR programming, maybe The World or ATC in the evening? Anyone with a job or school is not likely to hear those during the day. And of course those of us that can remember World Cafe and Afro-Pop still miss them.

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dialyn | June 6, 2011 at 11:53 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Been listening for a week and I do wish you would consider moving the Midday Edition and the Roundtable back to 9 am. I think you are losing your audience if the lack of telephone call-ins are any indication, and I would hate to see a scheduling issue being an excuse for canceling these programs.

For the person who didn't like "Being," yesterday night I listened to a very interesting talk with Lord Martin Rees, an astrophysicist and former president of Britain's Royal Society, who happens to be an atheist, and he talked about the complexity of the universe and the human mind. It was fascinating and well worth the hour I spent listening to it. I hope people don't think this is a program about is much more of an exploration of finding meaning in this complicated life.

That's it for me on this thread. Take care all.

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CMichelle | June 7, 2011 at 10:44 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm happy for the return of the BBC overnight- I really missed that when it was canceled years ago. But I'm really sorry to see Performance Today go. I typically listen to Radio Swiss Classic for classical music, but they don't have any sort of current, performance oriented show like Performance Today.

As for "World Have Your Say" this is a really unfortunate choice for a drive-time slot. It's sleep-inducing. I'd much rather see Talk of the Nation return to that slot.

The PBS News Hour doesn't seem to be working as a radio "show." It seems like it's a very different thing for people to be speaking to a tv camera instead of a radio mic...There's an entire visual communication between anchors and guests that goes on in tv that gets stripped when the audio feed is dumped onto radio. It ultimately comes off as very flat and stale on the radio.

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Brandon | June 8, 2011 at 1:51 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I think you've gone overboard with the all news/talk format. I like the addition of "Q." The "PBS News Hour" is OK but an hour or two of the BBC is enough. I miss the nightime classical radio because it is relaxing, starting with "Performance Tonight." Why not go back to your previous schedule with the BBC running 6-7PM, the PBS Newshour 7-8 PM, and "Q" 8-9 PM, followed by "Performance Tonight" at 9 PM and Classics through the Night until 4 AM? Listening to stories about war, abuse, and sorrow on the BBC late into the night creates an ugly mood at the wrong time.

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billmale | June 8, 2011 at 11:17 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Ok. I can't take any more of "World Have Your Say". Whoever decided to plug this into your schedule should be looking for other work. What was wrong with just repeating "These Days". You do it with other shows.

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freespearit | June 8, 2011 at 12:05 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Thank You! Bravo! Long Overdue! Excellent!

A couple of thoughts:
1. Evenings are when the family can listen to the news. This is a century old tradition on radio.
In today's world (as always, but now more than ever) domestic and international news are both essential!
2. Infotainment and Sports are not "News"
3. Programs about Art and Culture are very important and newsworthy.
4. Backgroung music is not "Arts and Culture" To the people disappointed in loss of evening music; turn on your Ipod.

I will be generously renewing my subscription. I lapsed due to previously uncompelling programming.

I am so happy KPBS is back!

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Amy | June 8, 2011 at 4:56 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I like the news on after 7:00 pm instead of classical music. But I really miss the 9 and 10 am segments of These Days as that is when I am usually in my car running errands and can listen to the radio. I do like the fact that you've shortened the segments as I frequently did not hear the whole segment when they were 20 minutes. I do not often get the chance to listen at noon. Please, please get rid of "World Have Your Say"--I used to listen to this show on Sirius/XM and it's just not worth the time. I support those who've asked for Talk of the Nation and Science Friday--those were very good shows that I miss. And I'll put in a plug for "The Thistle and Shamrock" which you had on years ago and was one of my husband's and my favorite programs--it features all kinds of Celtic music.

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piamsud | June 9, 2011 at 1:48 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

OK, I gave it a try, but the new radio schedule sucks. I miss Maureen in the morning and the classical music in the evening.
Now I listen to Walrus Radio.

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Amy | June 9, 2011 at 2:19 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I have switched to Walrus radio in the mornings too...I miss Maureen at 9 and 10!

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kate136 | June 9, 2011 at 9:56 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I have waited this long to comment out of respect for the KPBS staff who made the schedule change decisions. I miss the classical music. When we are driving home from dinner or any other evening engagement we like to relax, and maybe hear a piece of music that is new to us. We don't like the chatter that is on the radio now and prefer silence in the car to other stations. We don't have an HD radio in either of our cars and are unlikely to buy a new car any time soon. Please bring back the classical in the evening. Move it later if you like, maybe start it at 8 but please bring it back!!!!

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pjengebretson | June 10, 2011 at 11:13 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I've listened for a month to be fair and like hearing BBC in place of classical music all night. But PLEASE get rid of "World Have Your Say". The interviewer is inane and his voice is grating; the subjects are rarely interesting and the call-in comments don't do much to further education/discussion of an issue. I would love to have that second hour of Maureen in its place.

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JackyC | June 10, 2011 at 12:48 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I like "To The Point."
I do not care for "World Have Your Say." I have tried giving this show a chance, but I lose interest after a few minutes of listening to people argue about issues far removed from my life. I like "The Roundtable," so keep up the arguing about local issues.
I do love "The World," "Fresh Air," "Talk of the Nation," "Marketplace," and "Morning Edition." Thank God those shows did not get dropped.
I miss "Science Friday," and "Radiolab." Radiolab is the one thing that I make an effort to download & listen to the podcasts. Those Radiolab guys are brilliant.
I miss the San Diego news show. "Midday Edition" at noon does not work for me because I have no access to a radio at that time in the lunchroom, and I get super hungry and need to eat. Maybe I can start eating a "brunch" at 10 AM and skip the British guy.
I don't miss the classical; it used to put me to sleep during late-night drives.

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tybye | June 14, 2011 at 2:13 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

I have given it a chance and I do not care for the new line up. Taking away the local News from its Morning time slot is a massive mistake. And worse than that is taking it down from two hours to one. Tisk Tisk. AT least bring it back to two hours. All the other nonsense can be found anywhere else. It is/was the local issues I cherrished the most!

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auntm | June 15, 2011 at 10:23 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Overall, I am very happy with this change. I am from Indianapolis, and when I moved here 2 years ago I was not as impressed with KPBS compared to WFYI in Indianapolis. 7:00 pm was too early to switch to classical. Especially for people who end work a little later. I love having more news. I will miss Science Friday and Radio Lab.

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John Decker, KPBS Staff | June 23, 2011 at 4:19 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for a spirited conversation about the changes to our radio schedule. I am impressed with the thoughtfulness put into each post here on our site, each Facebook post, each tweet, each letter and each phone call. Thank you for taking such an interest. It is a testament to your support of KPBS and we aren’t taking that for granted. (For the record, across all platforms comments ran 50/50 in favor and in opposition to the changes.)

As for the new programs themselves, I assure you that I will watch the numbers closely and make further refinements as necessary. Our schedule will remain dynamic. Thanks to everyone who suggested RadioLab, Freakonomics Radio, State of Re-Union and other great shows. Listen for them on KPBS as they become available in the coming months.

John Decker
KPBS Director of Programming

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Tammy Carpowich, KPBS Staff | June 23, 2011 at 5:20 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Hi all~

Like John, I want to thank you for your comments. We take all feedback very seriously and I appreciate that you took the time to let us know what you want from the KPBS service.

I also want to let you know that I won't be checking in as often here now that the discussion has slowed. The best way to give feedback is to contact our audience and member services department: That team passes information on to John and the rest of the programming department, so please know that if you contact them you will be heard.

Thanks and I've enjoyed "talking" with you!

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rafaelcabrera | June 25, 2011 at 9:41 a.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

It's a strategy. If you folks don't see it, you are blind.

The terror of all this is that it is driven from the BBC. U.S. based PBS has been driving a "New Age European Puritan" image.

With this new programing shuffle, PBS and KPBS is making room to further our "knowledge" of the world. Now, sponsored by your donations and PBS, you are listening to stories that will break your heart and move you to donate your cars, boats and clear not just your garage of clutter, but your brain.

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lisakpbs | June 30, 2011 at 11:10 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Thank you so much for the new news-rich format -- it is wonderful to have the different priorities and perspectives of local, national (morning edition), and international (BBC) news and analysis. Where you can, please emphasize not just today's ephemeral news for long-term analysis of issues such as water and other resource managment, environment, and population.

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Christel | July 1, 2011 at 1:34 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

I have waited until now to comment because I wanted to give the new format a chance and see how I would adapt to the changes.

Four radios, kitchen, family room, bathroom - yes, bathroom and car are all set to 89.5 and I never changed the station because I like what I heard.

Now I have to change stations!

I REALLY MISS "These Days" in the morning and all the talented journalists this station has and the work they did for that show. The noon hour "Midday Edition" is in the wrong time slot for me. I also miss "Science Friday" and "Radiolab".

"World Have Your Say" might be informative but the voice of the interviewer is more than I can stand.

Thank you for keeping some of my favorite shows: Fresh Air, The World, Here and Now, and All Things Considered along with Roundtable, Car Talk, Wait, Wait and adding the Splendid Table.

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Moose | July 25, 2011 at 8:01 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

I've given it several weeks and I have to say I don't care for the new format.

Very specifically, World Have Your Say is awful. Poorly hosted, the topics are often either uninteresting or have already been beaten to death, and the callers are seldom insightful. Sometimes 20% of the discussion is lost to bad phone connections of callers with poor comprehension of English! It's frustrating to listen to.

I also don't think Q is appropriate. Is your typical San Diegan more interested in some experimental interview show out of Montreal than, say, Performance today? Isn't there some better alternative? I'm sure that sort of thing is cool of you're from Quebec, but find something we care about here where the sun still shines in the winter.

Finally, I miss Science Friday.

You've basically driven out a daily listener with your new schedule. I care enough to make an account to let you know, but not enough to contribute to a station I now find of no use to me.

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elswells | August 11, 2011 at 11:27 a.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

We REALLY miss These Days and Editor's Roundtable at 9 AM. No problem with the new shows, but we appreciated the local information for 2 hours on These Days, and always looked forward to Editor's Roundtable at 9. Please bring them back as they were!

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