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!
So that's why Pickering didn't assume the Chief Meterologist position, makes sense now. Good luck on your new endeavours, Aaron. Glad to see Alameda is back, and I wish him a speedy recovery. Look forward to more FB discusions about bacon. LOL
Why is this week's Media Watch column listed under the Editor's Note page? See the link at the end of the story.
I've always enjoyed Aaron Pickering's weather posts and wish him the best in his new endeavors! Also, Wow, can relate to Damien Alameda's eye problems, and hope that he's going to get some of his vision back in that eye. Good luck to both men!
The inaugural show on the city budget was underwhelming.
Thanks Jeff....Bill Buckmaster made that show great...it has spiraled downhill since he left..
To Jeff Rogers:
Great post!! I agree with everything you stated. When you were on I would boo you and throw stuff at the TV! What a flaming Progressive Liberal Hack. But this is a democracy and I loved the Friday night show. Never missed it.
I am happy you stated those facts about the show. I will not miss the recent hosts.
Some folks just don't like the word "word", yo. ....word.
I used to look forward to Arizona Illustrated when Bill Buckmaster was the host -- the only local TV news source we watched. It was thoughtful and educational and had a warm feeling to it. I tried to watch what followed with each of the changes, but it never worked, and by now I've given up. I listen to the Buckmaster show on radio.
Also, after I had given up being interviewed for sound bites by local network news shows, the one place I liked to appear was on Arizona Illustrated. It was an opportunity to have a discussion with an informed host.
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