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Not a dime from me until they either apologize to or rehire Ken Vincent.

Posted by Andy Niable | April 7, 2008 7:56 AM

I used to be an schmuck who donated to them but since their programming has turned into radio crap (along with Air America since they suspened Randi Rhodes last week) I just rely on my NYT and Washington Post and Financial Times for news.

"Jim, they're dying" Spock

"Let them die!" Kirk

Posted by Andrew | April 7, 2008 8:01 AM

Once upon a time, I listened to KUOW. I realized that the programming is terrible. They'll be okay, but won't be receiving any support from me.

Posted by Fitz | April 7, 2008 8:07 AM

Oh no! A public radio conspiracy!

KUOW is, for me, the best station in Seattle. Nothing else is worth listening to.

Posted by Curtains | April 7, 2008 8:18 AM

As in, being a nonprofit is not a license to commit.

When Rev. Moon did it, he got prosecuted.

Posted by unPC | April 7, 2008 8:26 AM

I've stopped listening at night—I just can't stand the chopped up bits of the last week-or-so's daytime programming.

Posted by Dan Savage | April 7, 2008 8:44 AM

I'm often torn at donation times.

On the one hand, I do listen to KUOW a lot. I'm self employed, so I can listen to whatever I want all day (or comment on Slog all day). So I probably listen more than most folks do. I feel like maybe I should contribute.

On the other hand, I find most of the local programing is pretty lousy. "Weekday" is very hit and miss, sometimes interesting, and other time extremely lame. I can't stand Ross Reynolds and "the Conversation" (partly its just that his voice grates on my nerves). "Sound Focus" is excruciating. When I think about it, mostly what I listen to is the national programing from NPR, PRI, BBC, etc. I am sometimes tempted to contribute directly to NPR rather than the local station.

I also find the whole fund drive painful to listen to. The fake phones-in-the-background. The incessant begging that takes up half the show, all day long. I've gotten to the point where I just don't listen to KUOW at all during pledge week.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | April 7, 2008 9:57 AM

Please keep in mind that there is ANOTHER radio station in town, KBCS, that is community-based, volunteer run and has just completed its spring pledge drive. While its goals were considerably more modest than KUOW's, alternative public affairs programming is offered (i.e. Democracy Now, Free Speech Radio news, locally produced programs)along w/eclectic music shows (take that, KEXP!). This is the little station that could that truely relies on listener support.

Posted by Peaches | April 7, 2008 10:20 AM

Morning news: standard npr, useful
Weekday: Love the news from canada, Cliff Mass, and the friday 2nd hour with the local opinion writers. Also love when the AG is on.
The rest of the programming up till 3pm is garbage.

It's still more reliable, less distorted than any other radio or tv news I'm aware of. Therefore, I donate.

Posted by NPR | April 7, 2008 10:21 AM

Why would I donate money to listen to the same tired MSM memes and right wing talking points I can get else where? If KUOW decides to broadcast some alternative media in addition to their current line up (i.e. offer a balance of opinions), then they can get some scratch from me. Until then, they can kiss my ass. #8 is right... KBCS offers much better news programming.

Posted by samdinista | April 7, 2008 10:53 AM

As a pledge volunteer, the phones ringing in the background are real.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | April 7, 2008 1:50 PM

what happened to their night time programming. it just disappeared. maybe this is how they saved all that money. they just stopped spending it on quality!

steve sher is an utter idiot.

Posted by terry miller | April 7, 2008 8:50 PM

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