Read our Rebuttal to the new KBCS Marketing spiel.
City Arts Eastside, "Listen or Lose It, People"
by Bill White (October 2009)
KING-FM lays off three classical-music hosts
Live hosts to be replaced with "Voice tracking". Is this what the future holds for radio?
Randomville, "Save KBCS?"
by Mackenzie McAninch (7/19/2009)
Seattle Weekly, "KBCS Launches New Weekly Schedule"
by Hollis Wong-Wear (8/28/2009)
KUOW, "The Conversation"
with host Guy Nelson (8/24/2009)
interview with Peter Graff, KBCS Program Director and Larry Lewin, SaveKBCS representative
Seattle Times, "Bellevue's Eclectic KBCS Making Programming Changes"
by Nicole Tsong (8/17/2009)
Seattle Times, "Arbitron Now Uses Meter to Measure Radio Listening"
by Erik Lacitis (8/30/2009)
Save KBCS blog
Participate in the online discussion about the program changes.
Read what others have told SaveKBCS that they think about the program changes.
Save KBCS representatives met with KBCS management on September 24th, and other
notes. Read all about it here.
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One of our past listeners has a Facebook page calling for a boycott until all
existing management have resigned.
35 years of rich, unique, and diverse music programming which served the greater
Seattle community, was cut at KBCS...and nobody asked for your opinion!
On August 24, 2009, KBCS management completed Phase 1 of their programming changes.
This is a complete revamp of the weekday programming with 4 hours less music
• Drive Time Jazz! Gone.
Now replaced by canned talk and news programming with no local connection
to the Seattle area.
• Mid-Morning Jazz Hosts! Gone.
Bud Young, Bernie Goldberg, Joanie Nelson, and Al Barnes have all been forcibly
a single show "The Caravan," hosted by paid host, John Gilbreath.
• Lunch With Folks! Gone. One of the longest running shows for over two decades has become "The Outskirts", a mix of folk-rock, alt-country, electric blues, R & B, pop, and other styles of "Americana" (along with a smattering of contemporary and traditional folk music). The show
is currently hosted by volunteers, but once the new format is fully
realized and funds are available, they plan to seek one paid host.
• Daily Planet! Gone. KBCS's premier world music program is now gone - replaced by yet more canned
talk and news.
And this is only Phase 1. Yet to come are Phases 2 and 3 which will affect weekend and evening programming.
Current KBCS management asserts that "The stated intent of these changes is to create a more
consistent sound so that listeners will stay tuned longer throughout
the day." So, let us ask you the following:
• Are they succeeding?
• Do you agree with these changes?
• Do these changes make KBCS less valuable to you?
• Are you a past member, supporter or volunteer?
• How will these changes affect your participation and/or support?
If you're as upset as we are over these new changes, please
let us know what you think at SaveKBCS@gmail.com or send your thoughts directly to KBCS management at firstname.lastname@example.org
Help keep the "Community" in your Community Radio Station!
KBCS is almost entirely supported by listener (YOUR) contributions. YOUR
opinions and decision whether or not to continue giving financial
support speaks volumes!
During the last membership drive (October 8-18, 2009) 1/3 of listeners let it
be known just how they felt about these new changes by refusing to continue
their financial support.
Spread the word that you demand the old programming back. This time, with listener input and future
funding set aside specifically for an effective marketing strategy!