Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Triangle media groups seeking football records sue UNC" -

It's interesting to note that the Daily Tar Heel is part of this lawsuit, but guess who is absent?

"The two McClatchy newspapers joined forces with the DTH Media Corp., which publishes the UNC-CH student newspaper the Daily Tar Heel; News 14 Carolina, a cable TV station operated by Time Warner Entertainment-Advance/Newhouse Partnership; WTVD Television; Capital Broadcasting; the Associated Press; and, Media General Operations."

I can think of some reasons why WUNC would not join in the suit (but none to prevent them from reporting that the suit had been filed), but it would be nice to know what they are for sure, and it would also be nice to know if WUNC has at least asked UNC to release the documents? Or is this a story that WUNC's "news department" is not able to cover more than the several brief references they have made over the least several months?

Monday, October 25, 2010

"NPR's C.E.O. Issues Apology" -

Here is a novel idea....

What does WUNC think of this episode? WUNC buys the programming of NPR and can either broadcast, or not, someone like Juan WILLIAMS. My point is that they make a choice, made a choice, and should tell us what they - the licensee - thinks of all this.

Isn't that only fair?

So, WUNC, tell us.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

""The State of Things" on WUNC" - Facebook

I guess at least one of the 3-4 "local" WUNC programs have their own presence on Facebook. Sure makes it efficient, or not, actually. Are they all cross-linked?

"North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC" - Facebook

First time I've looked at WUNC'c Facebook page. After skimming the postings that appear on the first page, it's really hard to figure out how this contributes to making the station better or improving listeners' ability to derive more value. Maybe I am missing something?

Friday, October 22, 2010


8,400+ people have pledged or contributed, they say. Up until now, they have talked about needing to make their goal of 1.2 million. That, now, is strangely absent. My guess is that they made that goal and don't want to discourage potential contributors by accurately reporting that they met their goal.

I find that offensive. This is a station that primarily brings us news and information. Holding back the logical continuing report on their fundraising levels simply is not something I associate with good journalism. Then again, this is the less than 2% of news, I think that actually comes from WUNC and I'd be hard-pressed to give that very high marks, and so am not really surprised by the failure to report that the goal has been reached.

Greedy, too? I don't know.

Ok, so I just heard them mention the 1.2 million, but without saying that this was their goal!

So, if they keep going above their goal, how will they use the money?????

Thursday, October 21, 2010

6,800, 1,200,000 and logo

Why can't WUNC take two minutes to keep us updated on their pledge drive on their website? I just don't understand. I think I caught in passing that their goal for this fund drive has been 1,200,000 USD, and they are now 180,000 short of that. It's a little hard to tell how much of their effort is devoted to selling the trips v. the station. It's nice to see someone else picking up the bill for at least one of the trips instead of all of the other contributors....this time, Panera Bread for a trip to Italy. They also mumbled something about some outfit contributing the logo redesign, but I sure missed it and had not heard it before then, nor since.

About WUNC — North Carolina Public Radio WUNC

It appears that WUNC has a new logo. Did someone donate the services to create that? If so, who? What other costs did WUNC assume in implementing the new design? If they paid for all of this, how much and to whom and selected through what process?

There is nothing on this site that I have ever found that keeps anyone interested mildly informed about such things after asking everyone for their money.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Contributing and chances of winning a trip

WUNC is now running one of its periodic attempts - usually successful for them - to raise a lot of money by suggesting that someone who gives money to the station might win a trip to some interesting place. Those trips are paid, by the way, mostly by contributions from others. Look at the financials on the website to see the chilling details.

Recently they have said things like a WUNC supporter AND CONTRIBUTOR (their emphasis) will win this or that trip. Previously, they had bent over fairly backwards to emphasise as I think the law requires that no contribution was needed in order to enter. Just call and your name goes into the hat or whatever they use to do these drawings. Wouldn't it be nice how that works?

But what strikes me as really troubling is the innovation this drive to try to entice people to become sustainers and to have money contributed automatically every month. That's great for the station, I imagine.

What bothers me is that you only get the promised participation in every drawing if you become a "sustainer" and therefore if you contribute money. Whether this runs afoul of the law, I am not sure. It does seem pretty clear to me that they are coming close to doing so, and in the process depriving people who want a trip but cannot or choose not to contribute of a similar "every drawing" opportunity.

Money "pays" even for a public radio station.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

How many listeners?

Did I hear that WUNC says it has 30,000 listeners?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

"Jonathan Howes" - North Carolina Humanities Council

I assume this is the fellow who recorded laudatory words about WUNC, broadcast this morning. Why aren't we told more about him, his role in advising the station and his role in working for the station's owner, UNC? If this is he, this is deceptive, in my view.