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!
I am constantly amazed that most every Southern Arizona story, most recently the children from Central America showing up at the border, is covered nationally by KZAZ out of Phoenix. Where on earth is KUAZ?
Is there another reason for the proposed funding cuts other than UA President Hart wants more coverage for the UofA? I hope the Weekly follows up on this story and does some investigative journalism. Or more than press release reporting.
Mr. Gibson is one of the finalist for the General Manager of the Plattsburg, New York, PBS station. At first I was saddened that he may go. Now, Plattsburg please take him off our hands!!!
Good to see all of Jack Gibson and Chris Helms friends respond so fast!!! Here are the facts: 1, Az Public Media is $207,000.00 in the red this fiscal year that ends in a few weeks. This is a sure sign that the public has lost confidence. 2, Since Mr. Gibson (who earns $220,000 a year) has taken over at Az Public Media, there has been terrible decisions made, an unbelievable turnover in personnel, and lost viewership.
Do not fault the University administration!!! They are just asking for some accountability that is expected in any organization!
How ironic that the public media at ASU is still going strong, nationally known, even. I get those channels because of where I live. Good luck getting back some of your funding. I would think that the people of Tucson would support you on this. Evaline from Oracle
I agree with urnumber6. It looks like some of the questionable decisions made by AZPM over the last few months aren't sitting well. All signs this is a management issue, not a political one.
Keep the discussions and negotiations going so that (in hopes that) both parties can find out what's needed and get to an agreement. We're quite amazed anyone at UA could say that AZPM didn't cover the University enough! There's something else going on, possibly it's political as in Dem/GOP, or else internal-political, a power play. something.
AZPM has made a lot of bad decisions lately. While I support them in an overall sense, they need to make some changes in management. I'm not going to automatically support them this time.
I should say many of the AZ Illustrated stories WERE about UA ....
Apparently Ms. Hart doesn't watch AZPM. Many, many, many of the stories are about University programs. (I think that is a good thing.)
It is inconceivable to me that a multi-billion dollar industry like the University of Arizona would consider cutting a measly $2 million dollars - just over one tenth of one percent of the total UA budget of $1.8 BILLION dollars - and risk losing one of the best advertising venues they have available!
Yet they - the University - goes on a hiring spree every year, hiring administrators galore, for whom they surely pay well in excess of the money they're proposing be cut from AZPM.
As our community continues to lose young educated talent, it's saddening to hear about cuts to AZPM. We already lack a cohesive quality of life and identity that young people are attracted to, only to read that the U of A will start thrashing at the budget of the few assets our community has. I moved here 11 years ago from the bay area, California and was relieved to discover a public radio station in Tucson which I think demonstrates a strong sense of community. Change is inevitable but keep in mind the unintended consequences of that change.
So is the University reducing its support to AZPM BY $2 million or TO $2 million (from the current $2.6M) by 2019?
What in the hell are they thinking in The Tower on University Boulevard?
"So that's why Pickering didn't assume the Chief Meterologist position,,,,"
Maybe it's the other way around. Maybe he's leaving because KOLD passed on him as Chief Meteorologist?
Smart move, Aaron. It can't be much of a challenge being on a TV "weather team".
"It will be warm/hot and sunny in Tucson today...and stick around, in another few minutes, I'm going to say it again".
I have a feeling that Bud Foster and Barbara Grijalva are both flummoxed about how Damien Alameda could very likely be way older than they are and still look so youthful! I bet they'll be running up to Debbie Bush or whoever Raycom's most favorite Tucson prostitute GM happens to be over at KOLD today and convince that person that Damien is really 75 years old......waaaayyy older than they happen to truly be!
Michael Chihak is a boilerplate idiot who was profoundly ignorant and insular about HIS stewardship of the Tucson Citizen. I found it to be stunning that he was able to fellate his way into KUAT's news mechanism and convince their management that he, as print luddite, could possibly move a television outfit forward. PROFOUNDLY UNBELIEVABLE!
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