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On 24 August 2009, KBCS' management drastically changed its weekday programming. After these unilateral changes were announced to station volunteers, the Save KBCS! campaign was started by a small group to reverse, or at the least, severely limit these changes. KBCS published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on their website. The content of the KBCS FAQ page is represented below in pink italics. Rebuttals from the Save KBCS! campaign are intermixed here in black text (any mistakes in transcribing the KBCS FAQ page are purely inadvertent).
Q: "What exactly is changing on KBCS?"
• "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. The Caravan will be a daily musical journey
many genres, and focusing on his extensive knowledge of
jazz, world, and American.".
• "Feature current veteran KBCS folk hosts weekdays from 12
noon to 3 p.m., who will present programming spanning
American music tradition, from the early days of country,
folk, blues, and beyond, to today’s singer-songwriters
and local artists
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 Erik 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 America."
• "Round out evening weekday public affairs with Hard
Knock Radio from 6 to 7 p.m., with 6 p.m. headlines
in the morning, the entire afternoon lineup of
public affairs programming will be hosted by local community
• "No. On the contrary, we believe that what we’re
doing at KBCS will evolve the idea of community
in large urban centers, and especially within
a media landscape that has changed significantly
the last three years.
never be commercials on KBCS, nor will there
be corporate involvement in any of our programming
• "By taking steps to deepen our community service
and create an increasingly loyal audience,
that will allow community and volunteer
participation to be an ongoing and thriving part of KBCS."
• "The hosts of our new weekday music programming
are all KBCS veteran DJs, and their new
shows will continue
celebrate a rich mix
of music not heard anywhere else. These
hosts (not a computer or marketing
team or any corporate contributor) will
work in collaboration with our music
directors to program their
shows. We feel that
compensating them for stepping up to
of hosting and the extensive amount of
work that goes into making
great radio is
not only reasonable but the right thing
• "KBCS will not be playing the same songs
every day, nor will we be programming
on the radio already. At KBCS, we’re
committed to providing our listeners
other stations (commercial and public)
• "In the end, all we ask is for you to
give us a fair listen, then make
up your mind.
be a station
you and many other listeners will
to spend more time,
a station you can come to for reliably
excellent radio that doesn’t sound
like anything else.
We will continue
to feature and celebrate
the local music community. We will
continue to strengthen our existing
be where the community goes when
it wants to listen to authentic music,
by trusted community
members and professionals."
Q: "So, is KBCS turning into an all news/information station?"
• "Absolutely not. KBCS is committed
to continuing the eclectic
programming we are known for.
News and public
for 13% of the KBCS schedule.
Under the new plan, it will increase
of the KBCS
schedule devoted to music programming.
We are and will continue to be
a World of Music and Ideas."
Q: "Isn't there already enough news and information programming in Seattle? Why do we need more?" [Yes. There is enough news and information elsewhere.We need to maintain the KBCS brand of championing the independent artist and music not found anywhere else like World Music, so well delivered on the former Daily Planet program].
• "It depends what you mean by enough. If you’re looking at the FM radio spectrum,
you’ll find that news/talk radio is very much in the minority compared
to music. A telling piece of evidence for KBCS happened in the Summer
of 2002. Back then, KBCS had only one public affairs program, which aired
once a week. We began offering Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now!, and almost
immediately saw a sharp rise in listenership, volunteerism, and community
financial support to KBCS. This, despite
the fact that two FM talk radio stations and two NPR stations were already
serving the Seattle/Bellevue area."
• "So, yes, we do firmly believe
that the Seattle/Bellevue
news and public affairs.
And so do many of our
current listeners. Years of research
show a preference among
a significant portion
of KBCS listeners
in the weekday mornings
• "It’s important to us
that the news and public
we offer is
that we play
an important role
in increasing the diversity
of news and public
on the radio.
Q: Is KBCS letting go of its volunteer-powered model?
• "No. KBCS is and will
remain a station
that prides itself
being a place
be radio programmers.
For more than two
have been countless
have put immense amounts of energy,
the radio shows
they create at KBCS. And,
there will be countless
others who will
current KBCS volunteer
continue this important
As KBCS staff,
we have the deepest gratitude
for the commitment
and dedication of
• "KBCS currently features
nearly 100 volunteer
music hosts over
of any given
result in 15
of those volunteers losing
It’s also worth noting
there are currently
stations across the country that
adopted and maintained
model with paid
programmers working alongside volunteers
Salt Lake and
KUNM in Albuquerque)."
Q: Is KBCS in a financial crisis?
• "No, KBCS
• "Here is year end revenue from individual listener support and business underwriting, as well as basic membership numbers, since fiscal year 2005/06:
Listener support has remained relatively static over the past few years, with
an average growth of only about 3% annually (for a total of 10% since 2005/06). KBCS has seen a consistent decline in giving during
on-air fund drives, but has done more with off-air appeals through the mail and website. After a period of
growth, current underwriting contributions have declined to 2005 levels.
The listener support budget KBCS submitted for fiscal 2009/10 is $50,000 less than the previous year,
designed to account for expected temporary revenue loss due to changes
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KBCS members is declining
a total of about
data showing a decrease
in overall listening to
• "The annual financial audits for 2007 and 2008 are posted online. We are required to undergo financial audits within 6 months of the close of our fiscal year each June 30th, and we invite you visit them for more detailed KBCS financials."