Arizona Public Media's marketing sucks. And I never really understood why they would knock NOVA and FRONTLINE off the air for the weeks during fundraising for Lawrence Welk and ballroom dancing. Shows their true stripes as to who they view their audience is.
Bill Buckmaster was, and is, only good for a nap. He's now on radio beholden to anyone that consents to be on the Shelly Fisherman show and his other sponsors. He hasn't asked a hard question yet and cuts off callers who do.
While I have the opportunity, is National Public Radio TRYING to prove that a broadcaster can die, on air, right before our eyes?
Who the hell gave this guy permission to change the format so much. The show is almost unwatchable. I have stopped watching. The hosts are terrible. Drop all of them. Only Friday is worth watching. Best show of the week. Otherwise a complete waste.
Bill Buckmaster continues to personify "quality journalism" in Tucson. He did it for years on KUAT and now he does it on KVOI. It's truly a community tragedy what Mr. Gibson has done to KUAT the past several years. He's ruined a quality product and chased good people away. It's to the point where they seem to be unable to fill essential positions. They recently emailed supporters asking for their help to fill these job openings:
Radio/Television/Online Reporter (Part-Time)
TV Program Director
Associate Director of Development
That's a lot of open positions! And word of how the stations are being managed is, I'm sure, hurting their ability to fill them.
I wish I could still watch Bill on Channel 6 each night, but now happy to listen to his daily broadcast on KVOI and learn items about the community others don't cover. Thanks for the great article!
It was interesting to see online advertising recently, searching out "hosts" for all four nights on AZ Illustrated that changed, post-Buckmaster. Now, if they can change back to what works on Mon-Thu nights, that would be a GIANT step in the right direction.
As for the "right" direction for Friday night...If Jim Nintzel would put the heads of the Pima political parties on AZ Illustrated, and not rely on second level GOP voices and the previous "voice" of the Dem's from Mr Rogers' Neighborhood, you MIGHT see a boost in the ratings leading into the weekend. (A lobster bib might serve Nintzel well, too.)
Well said Old Prof. KUAT is such a disappointment. Everything about the Jack Gibson era/changes has been for the worse. Just the sight of the AZ Illustrated set reminds me of how much better things were a few years ago. I have supported public television for as long as it has existed, but I can't justify supporting such a poor quality effort as KUAT. The problem is compounded by the lack of alternatives in this market. No one seems to be doing high quality TV in So AZ. KUAT should be filling this void, the way KUAZ does in its market.
PS Schuster has one of the best columns in So AZ.
The problem is Jack Gibson. Plain and simple. It will be interesting to see how the new VP over Arizona Public Media addresses this.
Bill Buckmaster is a dying breed. He's about good news coverage, objectivity and getting to the core of the issue. He pushes aside petty conflicts and non-issues and sticks to what's important because he cares about the community and wants to make it better. He is missed on the air, but his radio show is great stuff. He can get any guest, any time because they know he's fair and isn't looking for a "gotcha" moment. Don't we have anybody in Tucson who can pick up the ball and run with it?
Sad situation at Arizona Illustrated right now. But at least they've moved away from the preening blonde sorority sister who was vaguely aware that there was someone else across the table from her during the interview, while the audience was given the inestimable privilege of admiring her on their teevee screens.
I write this comment with sadness!!! I have been a supporter of KUAT for over 35 years. The last two years has seen this wonderful local icon disintegrate. There has been an exodus of talent, then poor decision after poor decision. Management experts will agree that this is indicative of very poor management and a hostile workplace. I was shocked two years ago that the General Manager of KUAT makes over $200,000 a year!!! for what?? Thank you John Schuster for this important article!!!
If I were coming from Toledo (Ohio),I guess I'd be pumped too. Wonder how long he'll stay?
I'm not so impressed with this guy. And certainly KOLD's overuse of "late breaking" is getting tedious. Debbie Bush, you are crying wolf, lady. Scale it back.
Parisi seems like a nice guy. Wake me if he ever has anything interesting to say.
Met Fran during my stint at the U of A as a journalism student. Impressive and very nice gentleman. Enjoy your retirement, you earned it!
Fran Sherlock was one of my first bosses and one of the best I ever had. I hope he enjoys retirement - he deserves it!
Truth2013, I am not defending anyone as I was not an observant, however, since you fail to sign with your name. I don't think your story is true, don't hide behind a fake name, put it out there buddy.
While I take talk of discrimination seriously, I feel a character reference on Rivera must be told. Not too long ago I was eating lunch with Rivera...actually nearby her. And some loud motorcyclist came by while we were having a rather peaceful lunch outside a restaurant. Rivera, annoyed like everyone there, burst out a series of profanities that would make a truck driver blush. That brush off that she claims to have gotten when she inquired about her colleagues, I feel, is probably a result of her personality as well.
Wah, wah, it's not fair that blonde Rebecca doesn't have to carry a camera, wah, wah, wah ....
It still bothers me that they didn't promote Lacee Collins to the sports director position back in the day.
I came from a station where "one-man bands" were commonplace. Now a reporter is required to do it all in large markets. Must agree its not easy lugging the t-v gear around and in many cases the photography suffers. But while stations are attempting to save money they should also be fair. In my case "everyone" had to do it all, including some anchors, not just a select few.
..except that in the case of radio, most of the techie stuff is now done out of town. You MIGHT get to announce every now and then, but the rest of the time...turn on the satellite feed, and watch out for dead air.
"...multimedia journalist, or MMJ...interview, write and edit, and operate the camera equipment...
"...it's hard to concentrate on gathering facts and telling an accurate story when you have to worry about whether the camera is in focus."
TV now seems to be a lot like...radio.
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