[JPL] Fwd: KBCS Program Changes
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Sun Jul 26 19:37:09 EDT 2009
Per what Bill Barton Posted Above
Begin forwarded message:
> From: "KBCS 91.3 FM" <ujohnson at kbcs.fm>
> Date: 22 July 2009 13:18:19 EDT
> To: mitchellfeldmanassociates at comcast.net
> Subject: KBCS Program Changes
> Reply-To: "KBCS 91.3 FM" <ujohnson at kbcs.fm>
> At KBCS, we’re continually working to better serve our listening
> community. This ongoing effort has helped us understand how our
> listeners use KBCS as well as other radio stations, and it’s helped
> us determine what we believe a thriving community-service and
> listener-focused station should look and sound like.
> KBCS is and will remain a station that prides itself on being a
> place for community volunteers to learn broadcasting and to be radio
> programmers. For more than two decades, there have been countless
> volunteers who have put immense amounts of energy, time, and passion
> into the radio shows they create at KBCS. And, as we move ahead,
> there will be countless others who will join current KBCS volunteer
> programmers and continue this important tradition. As KBCS staff, we
> have the deepest gratitude for the commitment and dedication of all
> station volunteers, past, present, and future.
> The reality KBCS faces is, quite frankly, one of declining
> membership and listening. To us, this has been a clear indicator
> that we’re not serving our audience as well as we could. Most
> importantly, we also see this as an opportunity to do just that.
> Over the last three years, KBCS has undergone a rigorous process to
> better understand our audience and to formulate a cohesive strategic
> plan. This has involved hours of interviews, volunteer and community
> meetings, street corner surveys, as well as extensive consideration
> of when and how KBCS listeners currently listen to us. This work has
> led us to the new programming we’ll present next month, programming
> we believe will offer deeper service to our listeners.
> So, beginning August 24th, 2009, KBCS will:
> Expand weekday public affairs programming from 5 to 9 a.m., offering
> Public Radio International’s The Takeaway from 5 to 8 a.m., followed
> by Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now! from 8 to 9 a.m. Both shows will
> be hosted by local community members trained in the KBCS public
> affairs department.
> Bring on longtime KBCS host John Gilbreath every weekday from 9 a.m.
> to noon. John’s show, The Caravan, will be a daily musical journey
> touching on many genres, and focusing on his extensive knowledge of
> jazz, world, and Americana.
> Feature current veteran KBCS hosts weekdays from 12 noon to 3 p.m.,
> who will present programming spanning the breadth of the American
> music tradition, from the early days of country, folk, blues, and
> beyond, to today’s singer-songwriters and local artists crafting new
> music not heard anywhere else.
> Expand weekday public affairs programming by offering a re-broadcast
> of Democracy Now! at 3 p.m., followed by The Michael Eric Dyson Show
> at 4 p.m.
> Air locally produced programs Listen Up Northwest, Voices of
> Diversity, and One World Report weekdays at 5 p.m., as well as
> syndicated programs Counterspin, Grit Radio, and Sound of Young
> Round out evening weekday public affairs with Hard Knock Radio from
> 6 to 7 p.m., with 6 p.m. headlines from Free Speech Radio News. As
> in the morning, the entire afternoon lineup of public affairs
> programming will be hosted by local community members.
> As with any growth and change, we’ve had to make some tough choices.
> The programming plan discontinues Drive Time Jazz weekday mornings,
> Daily Planet weekday afternoons, The Bud & Don Show Monday mornings,
> BeBop Spoken Here Tuesday mornings, and 20th Century Jazz: The First
> Half and Vintage Jazz Wednesday and Thursday mornings. While Lunch
> With Folks is technically being discontinued, its format will form
> the core of the new music programming we’ll be offering every
> weekday from noon to 3 pm. Additionally, KBCS is currently exploring
> ways in which some of these programs can continue to be offered
> through our streaming audio archive.
> These have been exceedingly difficult decisions to reach, decisions
> which we do not take lightly, and which were made only after
> extensive consideration of how we can best serve our audience. We
> acknowledge and pay tribute to these many talented and dedicated
> programmers who have added tremendously to the KBCS community for
> many years, and hope that they continue to be a part of KBCS and its
> We’re always astounded by the generosity and dedication of our
> programmers, volunteers, and all of the people who are working
> together to build KBCS as a community resource. We believe the
> changes outlined here will have a profoundly positive effect on
> KBCS, and will deepen our service to the community through the
> programming we offer.
> We look forward with great optimism to KBCS’s future, and we hope
> you’ll share it with us.
> For more details on these changes, please visit our website at http://kbcs.fm/
> With respect,
> Steve Ramsey, General Manager
> Peter Graff, Program Director
> Joaquin Uy, Public Affairs Director
> Sabrina Roach, Development and Outreach Director
> Uli Johnson, Membership and Web Director
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