UPDATE: KUSP GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS
KUSP, Santa Cruz, is continuing its very impressive conversion to Triple A music, now scheduled to debut on November 1, 2015. Check out the changes at KUSP’s website [link].
|LEE FERRARO Photo credit: Santa Cruz Sentinel|
Interim GM Lee Ferraro confidently and clearly updated KUSP’s listeners about the changes in a recent statement on the KUSP site. Here is a portion:
Much thought and consideration is given to the question “how do we best serve the audience in our coverage area with high quality, well supported public radio programming?”
Our programming mission evolves daily in response to many exploratory conversations. It is driven by an eclectic music vision, arts and cultural affairs, local voices, community stories and predominantly locally hosted. Fortunately there is much existing talent at KUSP and in our region. We can do this and do this well.
KUSP is changing to serve and to serve we must survive. You’ll hear many familiar and favorite programs but you may also miss one or two as we make this transition. Some changes won’t be easy but we believe KUSP will serve and will survive.
You can see Ferraro’s complete statement at [link].
KUSP is concluding its fall pledge drive this weekend. According to a report on 10/22 [link] in the Monterey County Weekly, the membership drive has raised about $53,000 from about 500 donors. This is a very small portion of KUSP’s $850,000 debt. The report says that many local listeners are taking a wait and see approach about KUSP’s new Triple A format.
QUESTION: WXPN MOVES INTO NORTH JERSEY WITH PURCHASE OF WNTI [link]
John Herald asked:
Curious as to how this was consummated without any prior public notification.
KEN: The FCC is reviewing WXPN’s purchase of WNTI, a process that will take 60 to 90 days. Folks can comment about the license transfer now. No one has raised any issues so far that might derail the purchase. Centenary College, licensee of WNTI, and WXPN are not required to make public notification prior to announcing the deal.
QUESTION: WHAT HAPPENED TO WNKU, CINCINNATI
From an anonymous reader:
I just started reading your blog and enjoy it very much. What is going on with WNKU. It seems as though they are getting rid of everything that makes left of the dial radio great. [From what I’ve heard] they are playing "canned" music and the dj has little control anymore and they have taken away the great Friday night blues show. I contacted the station and they said they were trying to increase listeners. Something just does not seem correct with this. They now sound and act like a commercial Triple A station.
KEN: WNKU is now consulted by Paragon Media Strategies [link], a Denver company that specializes in commercial and noncom Triple A stations. Paragon’s advice is partially responsible for the success of 89.3 The Current and KXT in Dallas. Though WNKU is playing more “hits” their playlist is a much, much larger and deeper than commercial Triple A stations. I recommend seeing how WNKU fine-tunes its approach. Continue to let WNKU know what you think – your opinion matters to them.
COMMENT: YOU DIDN’T TELL THE WHOLE STORY ABOUT WDUQ’S DEMISE [link]
An anonymous reader said:
Ken, all I'm gonna say is that this isn't even one tenth of the whole story. The WDUQ saga was an ocean of backstabbing academic politics, primarily to please one highly-conservative major donor to the college who was also a fan of WYEP.
KEN: I’ve heard many stories about behind-the-scenes dirty dealings regarding the end of WDUQ and the transfer of the station’s license to WYEP. I decided not to mention these rumors because they don’t matter know. WESA is now the NPR News station for Pittsburgh. Get over the past and focus on what is happening now.
QUESTION: WHO IS THE FUNDER OF NFCB [link]
From an anonymous reader:
[NFCB Executive Director] Sally Kane said she had a new funder but didn't identify it. Why? Is it some far left leaning foundation? And why didn't she name it?
KEN: I wondered the same thing. I checked the NFCB website and blog and didn’t see anything about the new NFCB funder. I inquired with Kane via email and have not heard back from her. If/when she replies, I will update this item.