Friday, June 22, 2018


Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane, the actor, animator, writer, producer, director and musician, who came to fame with the comedy television series The Family Guy, has donated $2 million to NPR and $500,000 to Los Angeles NPR News/Talk station KPCC.

MacFarlane’s action was prompted by Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s on-air statement that viewers should discount information from any news source other than Fox News  

 In MacFarlane’s tweet, sent on Saturday (6/16), he criticized Carlson’s implication that the American people “don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain.”

The gift, MacFarlane said, is intended to support NPR’s mission to create a more informed public and strengthen democracy. KPCC intends to use the donation as a challenge grant.

Bill Davis, President and CEO of Southern California Public Radio, said in a statement:

“We are deeply moved by Seth’s generous contribution to Southern California Public Radio, KPCC and NPR. It is this local/national partnership that is the heart of our shared public service mission and we are committed to more fully realizing that mission thanks to this gift and his challenge for others to join us.”

Fox & Friends sucking up to frequent guest Donald Trump
In the past couple of weeks there has been a groundswell of criticism of Fox News for the cable TV network’s unquestioning promotion of President Trump’s statements and agenda. 

Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen added fuel to the outrage when she said in press conference on Tuesday (6/12) “don’t believe the press.”

KEN SAYS:  You may have noticed that Fox News no longer uses the promotional phrase We Report, You Decide. That is because Fox has abandoned objective, fact-based, journalism. The Fox slogan now seems to be We’ve Decided, You Can Shut the F*ck Up.

Remarks such as Laura Ingraham’s recent statement on Fox that the detention centers for children along the Mexican border are like “summer camps” once would have been followed by an apology.  Today, these statements are common on Fox.

We find it both disturbing and amazing that the shareholders of News Corp, the owner of Fox News, don’t protest the denigration of the network’s brand.


In the May 2018 ratings WDET dropped to what is likely its lowest number of estimated weekly listeners in several years. Comparing May 2018 with May 2017, WDET lost almost 70,000 weekly listeners, down 37%. 

Meanwhile WUOM increased their estimated weekly listeners by 8% in the past year. We will see how WUOM is doing statewide when Nielsen release the Spring 2018 ratings in mid-July.

It appears that dual format, Classical and Jazz, WRCJ is proving our notion that two formats are not better than one when it comes to building an audience.

NPR News/Talk WPLN increased its number of estimated weekly listeners in May 2018 compared to May 2017 but sister station, Classical WFCL was down by 41%.

WMOT is one of two full-time Americana stations but they appear to be going in the opposite direction of Austin’s KDRP.   

Could part of the reason be that WMOT is subsidized by its by its licensee Middle Tennessee State University? At community licensed KDRP, the station has to sing for its supper or it won’t get fed.

Today must be Frank Dominguez Day at Classical WDAV. The station added around 50,000 new listeners in May 2018 compared with May 2017.  

A friend of ours who teaches in Charlotte says WDAV has never sounded better.

South Carolina Public Radio repeater WNSE blasts across the state line and continues to chip away listening from WFAE. Triple A WSGE keeps holding on despite losing CPB funding last year.

Classical WCPE lost a chunk of estimated weekly listeners between May 2018 and May 2017.   

Other rated noncom stations in The Research Triangle stayed about the same.

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