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KPBS Strengthens News Service

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"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?

May 23, 2011 at 12:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )