I am watching Carol King and James Taylor on PBS as I settled into memories of my past, I was interrupted by idiots asking me for money.
it really pissed me off!
Just leave me along with my memories and stop trying to make me feel bad by attempting to get me to give more money. I give you enough money thu my current donations and government support (taxes)
i finally figure that even if I sent them a couple thousand dollars they will still continue asking for money so I'll just turn them off.
A few years ago my wife arrange for us to see Judy Collins in Portsmouth NH and I was thrilled to see her perform without someone pressuring me to give them more money.
Rant ended but PBS is now off my list of places to send donations.
Whoa Fred, it's all about a heart of gold. But I hear ya. I get that they need $ to operate and a certain amount of donated funds might be necessary but when they interrupt such great performances and documentaries to the point of driving a person away from the network it's too darn much. Their incessant interruptions and their unbelievably ridiculous left wing political stance has become too much for this old country boy.
Was the network able to tie a need for your donation to same sex ebola torture report concerts for stopping the deportation of illegal immigrants ?
It has no commercials, but has money drives. Either way, someone is asking for money. Makes no difference. Get a crossword puzzle or book and read during the breaks. Or you can record it and when you play back fast forward through the breaks. No need to get bent out of shape. It costs money to make a program and so they ask for it. Unfortunately, the best programs on PBS are on the days when they are having money drives.
Are they actually going to have concerts for stopping the deportation of... Oh never mind. But you did cause me to giggle a bit.
I have always felt that if Procter & Gamble can sell me soap in 60 or 90 seconds, PBS shouldn't need 15 minutes of logorrhea to convince me to donate. I never watch during pledge drives. (Actually, I rarely watch at all any more.)
Typically the fundraising drives are twice a year. During those drives they air musical specials with time out for the spiel. That's the public broadcasting business model. The audience supports the operation with direct contributions. They also receive funding from corporations and foundations willing to accept a brief mention. Any tax money they get is a tiny percentage of their budget. Another business model is a subscription service like HBO where you pay a monthly fee to receive the programming. Yet another is traditional commercial broadcasting where you sit through endless plugs for pills to help you get it up or for toothpaste that will make you a chick magnet. There is no free lunch.
Everyone has there hand out today!
Alright Burger. You gave me the best laugh of the day.
That's the idea. Keep the levity. Keep things in perspective. No one is placing IED's along our streets, no RPG's, no
lunatic insurgents on motorbikes spraying AK fire at our vehicles. Just annoying fund drives, and even more annoying
social agendas being crammed down our throats as "news".
That's why we have Model T's and other things to do with our creative energy. Honestly, if we can't laugh at this stuff,
we're gonna go nuts from the madness.
PBS was getting ready to do an expose' on the Koch brothers, so David Koch gave them $30Million.
No network bites the hand that feeds it.
Who said we aren't already nuts???
I've always been under the impression that PBS stood for the Progressive Broadcasting System.
I cheat by DVR-ing everything. -Then I watch my favorite TV shows on my schedule, not their's, and fast-forward through all the commercials.
I interupt this thread to ask you all to help support my Model T fund drive... You donations will help keep one more old codger under his car and on the street. I accept Paypal, cash, checks, and will take your credit card...yes that's right just send your credit card. (trust me I won't go over your maximum credit limit...too much)
So come on now get away from your computer, run over to your wallet and start sending that cash!
Now what we really need is to have one of our Grandchildren re-program the DVR to delete non program content while recording! I would pay for that
Can't remember who sang it but "We all go crazy in our own particular way" seems appropriate
All I ask is to help out a WW1 Model T with post war disabilities ( missing a wheel spoke on the rear side). Your donations are deeply appreciated
Steve, You found a toothpaste that can make me a chick magnet? Send me a sample! The stuff Im using now is not working
I listen to NPR and watch PBS regularly. I do not contribute but I have left a sizable contribution to both in my will.
If I don't die destitute they will do very well and my conscience is clear.
Maybe your not aware that PBS is a child of the "left". The left is known for gimmie. They love government(ALL peoples tax money)money, BIG business money, BIG donors money, and that is never enough so they go after YOU!
PBS is well funded by sources such as public university's, government grants, local and national business's, yet that never seems to pay the bills so they sucker us(me once)into donating.
I used to listen to PBS for the music and especially the Tappit Brothers show. What stopped me from listening was the one sided opinion pieces disguised as open critical thinking. Oh, and the gimmie.
Will, here you go:
About 10 years ago we were watching one of their musical documentary pledge drives. I called to make a donation in an amount I could afford. Explained I didn't want any of the stuff they try to upsell you, just to make a donation. It wasn't one of the amounts in their pledge scale and refused my donation. Wrote a letter to the station manager (New Hampshire), never received a reply nor watched again. Too bad as we really enjoyed some of their programming.
Thanks Steve, Now I've just got to find it! Look out ladies.... Here I come, Complete with Hexachlorophene.
Yep, Hexachlorophene is good for you! ;-)
I'm going to get fried for this, but here goes:
A tax-funded entity like PBS should make at least a token effort at being fair. -I'm a middle-of-the-road type who has been a member of both parties. -Nowadays, I tune into Fox News a lot—not because I lean to the right (which Fox certainly does), but because they have heavy-hitters from both sides of the aisle and I like hearing both sides of an argument.
Right off the top of my head, I can name quite a few liberal Fox regulars who are anything but lightweights: Leslie Marshall, Marc Lamont Hill, Dennis Kucinich, Alan Colmes, Juan Williams, Jorge Ramos, Kirsten Powers, Geraldo Rivera, Bob Beckel, James Carville, Lis Wiehl, Shepard Smith, etc. -And like I said, that's just off the top of my head. -I don't see equally heavy-hitting conservative representation on network TV or most other places on the tube. -I want to hear a debate, so I go where the debate is. -I like hearing extremely intelligent opposites hashing it out.
One last thing: My already substantial respect for Walter Cronkite has increased since his retirement. -Only then did he let it be known that he was a staunch liberal. -He never EVER failed to keep his personal opinions out of his news anchoring and he was at it an awfully long time. -Folks with that kind of integrity deserve mention. -I only wish there were more of his kind on TV.
Will it clean carburetors?
There's no free lunch. Mike
I dont watch enough tv to make a difference.
I have gotten into a bad habit of watching Wonder Woman and Star Track on saterday nights now.I mute the #($# insurance commercials and the folks telling me that funeral cost have risen 75% lately.
What really gets my goat is folks that pay big bucks for cable or satellite and STILL have as many commercials as my rabbit ears bring,if not MORE.
thinking of wonder woman,I wonder how they prevented "wardrobe malfunctions" ?
No matter what channel your watching, it's always someone with more money, asking someone (us) with less money, to give them more money. By someone that is paid to ask us for it.
To sit in that audience to watch at concert in person would have cost you $500 a seat or more ...
You got to see it for free ....
If you are not a PBS member - you should be ....
No free lunch ...
Growing up, I watched Walter Cronkite, Douglas Edwards, and Edward R. Murrow. I liked Edward R. Murrow's Friday Night reality Show wherein he visited well known figures of his time. The one that stands out in my mind was his visit with Jackie at the White House.
I like Juan Williams and Bob Beckel who add balance to the Fox Channel. Charles Krauthammer
I respect for what he has achieved.
At Montana Public Radio, where I have been the host of my own show for nearly 20 years, I work a couple hours of the fundraiser every year. Free. As is my show. Free. However, it is unreasonable to think that all programming is free. When we dropped Car Talk (The Tappitt Brothers) we had multiple complaints. However, the show cost us at that time $290 per week. I told the program director that they should ask the people calling to complain if they would be willing to pick up one week of the cost per year if we kept it on the air. That one show was costing us over $14,000 per year. Prairie Home Companion, since Garrison Keeler took it over from Minnesota Public Radio, costs about $1500 a month to program in our listening area. Large market stations pay as much as triple that. We had a huge revision in programming about a month ago, dropping many nationally produced shows including some that were very popular in order to stay within the budget. Virtually every program costs money. The staff costs money. Our facility is provided by the University of Montana as part of the Broadcasting School of the University and yes, we do get some funding from the University. MOST of our money is raised by on-air fundraising during a week in April. For providing local, statewide and national news as well as the BBC and some Canadian news, 24/7 programming, road and weather reports, local balanced opinion commentary, lost dog reports and opportunity for student and local programmers to host content shows ranging from Classical to Bluegrass, Folk, Jazz and Hip Hop music programming, the hands down best coverage of the Legislative sessions during session, world wide coverage via satellite and Internet, we have a budget of less than $500,000. Of this, about $300,000 is raised by on-air fundraising. Endowments and public funding via the University cover the rest. We accept donations as small as a buck or two and as high as you want to go. Our average annual donation from listeners is less than $100. Our goal is to average ten bucks a month but we will take what you will give. I have read many on-air thank you's for people who donated five bucks. I've read one for $20,000; however we do not say the amount of the donation on the air. We also estimate that about 5% of the listeners actually contribute during that fundraising. If you are the other 95% you have no right to complain about how we do it.
This is Montana Public Radio. You can listen to our programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. We work Christmas, New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, every day. You can listen right now commercial free at www.mtpr.org You can also donate there if you like our programming or feel the obligation to carry your fair share of the costs if you are listening. If you would like to offer commentary on ANY public issue you can contact our news director or programming director and make an appointment to come to the station and record your commentary. We have a commentary every week day during the news. This is not staff commentary. This is commentary by the public. Veteran's affairs. Legislation. Loose dogs in Stevensville. Aging issues. Christmas. You name it, we've had it. Very few rules: NO profanity. No personal slander or defamation. YOU will be personally and legally responsible for defense of your statements so make sure your facts are right. If you are going to make statements about some one or something that could be deemed libelous or slanderous you may have to have your commentary approved by the management or the University Attorney. Other than that, you have time available to you to offer your opinion on anything deemed interesting to our listeners. Even if the management of the station disagrees or I disagree or our funding sources disagree. It is deemed to be a PUBLIC FORUM. Find that somewhere else.
Every year we have a theme to our fundraising week, "Where do you listen?" "Heard round the town and round the world" etc., I told him last year our fundraiser theme should be "Step up or shut up, pay up or turn it off." He liked it but said he didn't think he could get that one past the management.
By the way, not one person who called to complain about us dropping Car Talk offered to make a donation if we kept it on the programming list.
"The loudest boos come from the cheapest seats."
And that the way it is.......
we don't have reporters any more (defined as one who gathers information puts it in a straight forward cogent story and lets it go on it's own merit) What we have traded them for is Journalists (defined as one who keeps a journal from their own personal viewpoint) Friday December 12, 2014.
After a lifetime of historical study, it has become clear to me that the Haves will always take a
disproportionate share of power and wealth, the Have Nots will wallow on in squalor, and the
folks in the middle get stuck with the bills as they try to raise their lot in life. You can chase this
back to the earliest cultures. Nothing ever changes. Many have claimed to try. It is always the
same. And it is always the same because of one factor - humans.
Somewhere along the line, I learned that to accept something, is to stop fighting it. I have come
to accept history and reality as an instinctive part of human nature, no more removable than the
urge to breed. This is just the way it is as a member of a certain species. You could eradicate all
the greedy and sociopathic scum from the earth and the next generation would just bring more.
There is no escaping it. I have seen the enemy and he is me !!!
What blows me away are the masses that cling to the news, the politics, the ideas, the MANIPULATION,
that all of this is open for discussion and that *if only* enough care is put forward, *if only* enough
money is raised, that *somehow* we can alter the DNA within us and we all can live in Disneyland
and sing Kumbaya.
I have two friends that are foaming over nutcases for this stuff. Always angry. Always wound up
about the latest "who-said-what" over this or that in regards to social agenda/engineering. They are
flat out miserable in their lives, and would be utterly without ANY life at all, if they gave up their politics
and subsequent raving. It is bizarre to stand back and watch. They have alienated their families, their
friends, and if people weren't STUCK in social situations with them, they'd be all alone in the world !
The reality IS, they ARE totally alone in the world. No one wants to be around them. They are miserable,
single-dimensional cardboard cutout poster children for the manipulating forces that rain all this garbage
down upon us as a distraction cover for their grand schemes of power and wealth. They are broadcasters
and perpetuators of the very stuff they rave against ! Both ironic and amazing.
Gov't is a charade. Politics are nothing more than smoke and mirrors. The real game is the big money
behind it all. Left, right, just plain whacko, it is all a well scripted play of manipulation and groupthink
designed to keep the masses preoccupied and not revolting.
Now, give me all your money !
Traveling all over the country - I rely on NPR and public radio for my news & my entertainment ...
Weekends would not be the same without it ...
Please send me a PM or email as to where I can mail a check to your station to add my support ...
I rarely am in Montana but that is really not the point.
THANK YOU !
I am unfamiliar with Montana Public Radio, but I presume you folks get the same NPR news and commentary as the rest
of the country ???
I listen to Spokane Public Radio, and by extension NPR. The news is absurdly liberal, always presented as if it is objective.
The choices of what subjects to carry are nothing more than liberal agenda. Local stuff tends to be honest and straight forward,
but the NPR stuff is as agenda-orchestrated as Goebbels was for the Third Reich.
This is where I have a problem with PUBLIC media. It is no longer for the PUBLIC (at least on a national level). How about
keeping the Tappet Brothers and ditching the incessant barrage of gay rights/marriage, ebola, O'bama's every breath, Barbara
Boxer, etc., etc. etc. ad nauseum ? What say does local broadcasting have in what the National office pushes out ??? Anything ?
This is nothing personal, and it sounds like you are definitely on the good side, but let's be honest, our media is largely manipulated/
manipulating, and if the national news presents 20 different angled stories on gay rights, then the mind-numbed masses of
soccer moms and cul-de-sac breeders are manipulated into believing (through their own apathy) that this is a hot topic issue that
EVERYONE cares and is talking about. I live in the real world this is pure rubbish, but by the way the new is berated upon us, one
would think there is nothing else !
Even Garrison Keillor has dropped the humor of Minnesotan culture in favor of pandering to the social agendas to a point I am
near hitting my own personal "eject" button. Hard to believe, as it was Prairie Home Companion that brought me over to NPR
as a teen.
Enough of my rant ... I'd just like to see more of guys like YOU and kick the agenda people out the back door at 10,000 feet.
Pat, I love what you wrote. It's kinda like the wealthy politicians want the poor middle class and poor class to pay more taxes to support the politicians pet projects that make them wealthy. ???
I agree you can't run a radio station on a penny. But its interesting how EVERY year their in the hole. Maybe its time for a change in management? Hire new people with new ideas and at much lower salary I'm sure?
Well I am glad folks get some good out of the "public" tv. I have been known to watch the woodright shop or this old house. But as some have said,most of the programing is geared towards the liberal side of things.
And this old house is annoying to some degree. Some rich guy buys a really nice house and the wife wants it turned upside down and they spend a fortune to make it a ugly modern mess.
From what I read several years back attempts have been made, with little to no support,to force cable and satellite tv to offer "ala carte" programing. Pay for what you want to see and not the rest. But it has never made it far. 200 channels of nothing on, oh and btw, your bill is 85.00 dollars a month but your neighbor that just signed on is paying 19.95 a month and getting more than you!.
for my 2 to 3 hours of tv a week,my rabbit ears are hard at work.
Michael Marsolek, Program Director
Montana Public Radio
University of Montana
Missoula, Montana 59802
From the station manager, William Marcus:
So, why did we make the changes? Three considerations came to bear: financial pressures on our business model, a donor and listener base that is not growing, and a change in leadership for our news division.
Like many public media stations nationwide, MTPR’s on-air fundraising is trending downward. Public Radio Week last April was significantly short of goal. Personnel and program costs keep rising and recent budget cuts from UM reduced our state revenue by more than 10%. I asked MTPR Directors to reduce their budgets and, in particular, I asked Program Director Michael Marsolek to take a hard look at programming. Could we reduce expenses and end up with a stronger schedule at the same time? Are we placing our best material where the listeners are listening? What are the best practices in the public radio system? The new schedule is Michael's response. It gives better access to our best national and local programs. It reduces our programming budget and also honors our roots with an increase in local music program production by MTPR program hosts. Most importantly it reflects what we’ve heard from listeners over time, formally and informally.
Perhaps its time for PBS/NPR to go by way of the Model T and the Dow Dow Bird. ? And not to start fight here, maybe for the sake of support, PBS should have left any question regarding Big Bird in the closet. I'm sure that did not set well with many parents with young kids. Just guessing.
NPR is a very small part of Public Radio overall. PBS is a different entity. PBS receives less than 1,10,000 th of the Federal Budget. The rest is raised from corporate sponsorship, endowments and donations from listeners like you. Romney's statements were taken out of context. Sesame Street is virtually totally self supporting anyway.
Facts, boys, facts, not conjecture. There is a channel selector on your TV and a dial on your radio.
Hey Stan, what's your program and when is it on?
Conflation, conflation, conflation. PBS (television) as Stan pointed out, is not NPR (radio). NPR is not APR or APM. Your local public RADIO station is likely to carry programming from several national sources in addition to their own local programs. And just like dear old MBS seventy years ago, many local stations produce programs that the other stations may carry. I for one am glad that it's possible to turn on a radio and hear Beethoven, Basie, Bob Wills, or Bunny Berigan. There are wide stretches of this country where all you can find on commercial radio is rock, redneck rock, preachers, political blowhards who wear their aggressive ignorance like a badge of honor, and sports talk. Yes, there's a dial on my radio, and I'll tune it to the station that brings me Ellington, not Eminem. And I think I'll send them some dough for providing me that choice.
We've previously been members and contributors to our local PBS station but had a change of heart when we recently became aware that the CEO who's salary was $275,270 (in 2012) retired after 40 yrs of service and his replacement was starting out at $150G. The major itch here was that the CEO who retired with what I'm sure is a substantial monthly stipend (figures not available) is sliding into a role as "President emeritus / consultant in order to increase the stations endowment fund. He will earn $199,000 annually. The median income in this area hovers around $45,000. What's wrong with this picture ?
I've concluded that the "donations" are going to satisfy the exorbitant (IMO) executive salaries and not to keep the Pennsylvania Polka Dancers ,James Taylor or Andre Bucelli on the air. As they say on the Shark Tank "I'm Out" JMO