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KPBS General Manager Answers Public's Questions

I would have called in but I was watering a neighbor's garden and only caught the final minutes. I've tried writing to KPBS several times and have never received a reply. I have a few problems with your programming, which continues to keep me from becoming a member. First, there's just TOO MUCH local news coverage, including the local voiceovers at the top of the hour during both the morning and afternoon national news shows. I used to like hearing whose birthday it was in the mornings! And also, in the morning, why not use the national feed on the half hour? I like the funny stories included, and many of the stories presented at 7:35, 8:35 etc. are really important ones. How many times do I have to hear the weather per hour? How many times do I have to hear the same story about the SD Schools Superintendent leaving for Texas? There's plenty of time for local coverage during These Days and all the other time left over from the national feed. Sometimes it just feels like the national news is sandwiched inconsequentially between the local news.

Also, why not air To the Point rather than the dreadful show you now have on as a replacement for Day to Day? It's an in-depth look at current issues, and the host, Warren Olney, is a provocative interviewer.

Finally, my biggest peeve: I love the show Says You, and miss it dreadfully. It's only 30 minutes long, but it's funny, droll, and a total pleasure.

I sure hope you take my comments under consideration and respond to them. If I saw some of these suggestions effected, I would definitely support this station. Since it's the only NPR station in such a large city, it should be better than it is.

Sincerely,
Sara Safdie

October 1, 2009 at 10:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )