If in fact there is a problem with AZPM management or business practices, I think it would have made sense for UA to express concern, let AZPM know what action would be taken if changes weren't made, and give them a chance to comply. Announcing this cut 2 weeks before the end of fiscal is absolutely draconian and does not reflect well on a university that needs AZPM as much as AZPM needs the U.
It wasn't the Mayor, Council, or U of A that made the recent shoddy programming decisions over at AZPM. Look to Gibson and Michael Chihak. Maybe I'm a solitary disgruntled viewer, something tells me I'm not.
"With less and less investigative journalism in town, less opportunities for everyday citizens to produce their own programming, and as the cleansing of "content" continues, we are fast becoming a very different kind of community." http://www.locallyownedaz.com/?p=234
Looking at salaries of the top people, It should be cut back to a third of what they currently are making.
You mean the crisis where the Obama administration will not stop these "children" that are being run into the country and dumped off. The illegals know that we will not stop them at the border. Why dont you ask why are they rushing in here all of a sudden.
to mostlyfedup's comment that KUAZ has not been covering the central american migrant issue. They've been on this story since before it got national attentionn.
We should "Never Settle" for these cuts.
If you've contributed to this conversation -- talk is cheap -- please consider digging deep and contributing to AZPM. Though we're only subscribers now, perhaps someday we'll be members with a vote for the leadership, i.e., a real board of directors, who will manage the management and the budget. It's fairly clear that AZPM is not as important to the university as it is to the community. So let's get the community seriously behind OUR public radio and TV. The BIG MAN who has so generously put out $17M+ to retain our coaches and AD is unlikely to do the same for AZPM. Or would he if only we knew whom to ask? Meanwhile, it seems to be up to us.
The grim realities of state run/university run media....
“Teri Thompson was either unwilling or couldn’t answer many of our questions. She did say, however that President Hart told her she was disappointed with some of AZPM’s ‘content’ which in Hart’s opinion didn’t contain enough coverage of the U of A."
This sounds like a form of censorship to me.
Mostly I listen to the radio and only recently purchased a TV after living without one for the last 10 years.
I've listened to NPR since it's inception. Much of the time through university affiliated stations. KUAZ is one of the best and it's contribution to this community should not only be celebrated but supported.
The fact is that a tiny percentage of listeners contribute. It is often under 10% of a listening community that donates toward that media. I believe in the last pledge drive there were only approximately 2000 or so individuals who donated toward public radio. Sadly that is not exclusively a Tucson statistic but a fairly consistent reality around the country. Lot's of people listen or watch public media, but few contribute.
There's an appropriate blues lyric that states, "you don't miss your water till your well run dry". Please support this local cause.
WILL AM 580 in Urbana Illinois actually did what PC Bergen suggested! They held a non pledge drive, and people pledged!!! It worked. Go figure.
I'm amazed that AZPM has been as unprofessional as it has seemed, since it has been connected to the University. One might expect better presentations from an educational institution with a stake in the station's survival. Perhaps it is time, as has been suggested to find the community will to move this forward, since the U of A appears to care less. We need more wonderful efforts like "The Desert Speaks" and much less of the endless talking -head pledge drives. Personally, I would PAY NOT to have a pledge drive! Let's see what we can do, Tucson!
I do not have cable or satellite TV. I do however have a converter box. I will never give up my 5 different PBS channels. "PBS World" informs and educates me on what is REALLY" going on in the world.
UA...you people should be ashamed of yourselves. Perhaps our UA basketball and football coaches will donate part of their enormous salaries.
The UofA doesn't get enough coverage on AZPM. Hart is truly clueless. Time to take AZPM out of the UofA's heavy hand and let ot flourish as a community resource.
KUAT-FM is barely listenable during the day. I have to wait to midnight when "Music through the night" comes on. Great classical music. Maybe they could fire the program manager or light a fire under his ass to make it better.
Since Bill Buckmaster left I have stopped watching Az Illustrated. Barely watchable.
As a U of A staff person who's living the consequences of budget reductions (now doing the job of three people), it is most dis"Hart"ing, but not surprising, to hear of the proposed cuts to AZPM. Again the U of A administration continues to impose a commercial business operating model on the university community where many departments, programs and personnel succumb to their aggressive "reform" agenda. What's the goal? Apparently the complete eradication of programs and personnel who cannot adequately justify their existence to the Hart regime. At least the some of the supportive, devoted, and motivated UA employees who, having already suffered many years of substandard pay and growing responsibilities, will get a good downward follow-through in being eventually fired by Hart's cronies. But, thank god for Athletics right? The UA Foundation along with the donors who coughed up MILLIONS to recently renovate and expand the UA football stadium, should be publicly shammed for misdirecting such funding to Athletics. But, hey FOOTBALL!!! Right? It is appalling to realize how diminished the focus has become on properly supporting and expanding education at the U of A.
Before arriving in Tucson I was served quite well by PBS outlets in San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles, all of whose franchises were held by community-based non-profit organizations, with real membership and boards of directors elected by the members. Those boards were responsible for the station's budgets and hiring and firing of chief operating officers. While I've been away for nearly two decades, I believe all three stations continue to perform well. Would the university surrender the franchises -- PBS and NPR -- to the community? Would we the people take real responsibility for our local treasures? This might be worth a conversation.
Oops, I messed up it's KJZZ in Phoenix and what's up with them trying to `hide' their station ids behind AZPM?
Gibson has proven himself to be a hateful jerk who has no understanding at all of what public broadcasting means to its listeners and viewers. He has no use for NPR or PBS in his own conservative life, and is paid an unbelievable salary (with bonuses!!!) to be a vindictive scowl-monger who treats his employees (and anyone else not in his tax bracket) like scum. Good riddance, but he should be run out of Tucson on a rail for his utter disdain of this community and its culture. Instead, he will be rewarded with an even more astronomical paycheck while the organization he ruined falls to its knees. That's life for the talentless, heartless hacks like him, with no grace, no kindness, and no respect for others.
Let's talk radio. I love KUAT. And KUAZ. But I do not understand why Arizona has four overlapping, duplicative public radio dynasties. Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Yuma (Yuma? yes, Yuma) all have NPR stations with duplicative jazz, classical, local news and NPR coverage. KJZZ Phoenix is on the air at 98.9 in Tucson. KUAZ = KJZZ = KPUB/Flag = KAWC/Yuma, and on the classical side, and KBAQ=KNAU=KUAT. Clearly, there are models where a statewide public radio system can preserve local programming and content while serving statewide audiences. But is Bach different on KUAT, KNAU or KBAQ? Is Terry Gross better relayed out of Yuma? Consolidation would free up resources for the local content that we crave and deserve.
Hart is a $700K a year mediocrity who loves firing people and has zero vision because she obeys the AZ Board of Regents. This is not very surprising.
I am a channel surfer, or in the case of radio, a station surfer. I listen to them all searching for something to hold my interest. A minute or two on this station, the same on others; imagine how happy I was when KVOI dumped John C. Scott!! Finally, someone has come to their senses and thrown this boring, monotonous old radio commentator into a retirement heap somewhere. But, imagine my angst to discover JCS popping up on KVET! Is John talking through a garden hose? What is with that sinus-ridden, cave dwelling voice? Irritating! And then, Parissi too????? Goodbye KVET!
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