Thursday, May 26, 2005

KBOO (my bad)

I was rightly scolded for excluding them.

KBOO has carved out an enthusiastic, committed niche for its audience and news product. They are the only station that has made a reputation for calling bullshit when their audience sees it. They follow up large scale public protests, they report hard on environmental and livability issues.

While the on air product of their operation clearly slants in one direction, so does the news. But, given our times and Fox News, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Their program hosts are well educated and ask very tough questions. During the recent political campaign, they were equally tough on all candidates asking about finances and influence.

They rightly brag about their volunteers and sometimes that shows in production values, voice quality, etc. But in the end, they do mirror a significant portion of Portland listeners and with their national feeds and public affairs program, provide a service and a different viewpoint than you'll consistently get on the other stations.

16 Comments:

Anonymous sad but true said...

Your leaving out KBOO reflects, accurately, how most of the rest of us pros view it. Nice, but amateur, and very hard to listen to as a result.

Thursday, May 26, 2005 9:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What flipped me out from KBOO was their coverage of a demonstration a couple of years ago. It was, like, wayyyy over on one side, information-central for the people blocking the streets, and screw anyone who might be in the way. I know Foxworth pretty well and the cops were bending over backwards, but as far as KBOO was concerned, they were pigs. I haven't been back.

Thursday, May 26, 2005 9:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think of it as cable access radio... Spanky and Darla in the back yard putting on a show with a sheet off the bed for a curtain. There's a place for it, but just because it's "community radio", does it mean it has to be consistently leftist?

Friday, May 27, 2005 8:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess to answer Anonymous@8:20a's question, what other outlet is there for leftists?
Who else in the market would give them consistent access? It's more a matter of not having anywhere else to go.

KPOJ and their live morning show might give them a certain amount of access, but KPOJ is also corporately owned and probably wouldn't give air time to the more radical elements of the left.

Friday, May 27, 2005 9:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and that's the attitude of the leftists - they sit around expecting the market to "give them consistent access". That's "GIVE". Perhaps they might want to consider earning it or working for it?

Friday, May 27, 2005 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous none of your business said...

clear channel, although based in texas, and conservative, has shown itself to be what most broadcasting pros have always known about their bosses. they react to one thing, the bottom line and numbers. kpoj delivers the numbers. simple game.
who's more radical than mike malloy, for chrissakes?

Friday, May 27, 2005 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

However, None of your business, they also do not like bad press because the investors don't. If POJ was doing the "how to block streets" thing as mentioned above, POJ would be smacked down hard.

It's a matter of degree. Sure, any of the major broadcasting companies will let it's stations swing right or left. But if they swing too far either way, they would step in fast. You will never hear the kind of right wing propaganda on a CC station that you will hear on shortwave. The type of conservatives (the disestablishmentarian types)who believe George Bush is destroying America and the constitution. Just like you will never hear the anarchist left.

Middle left/Middle right=safe.

In the corporate world, negative press does affect the bottom line.

Friday, May 27, 2005 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL, I love the bait.. what the heck I'll play along.

Anonymous at 11:57:
...and that's the attitude of the leftists - they sit around expecting the market to "give them consistent access".That's "GIVE". Perhaps they might want to consider earning it or working for it?

Shorter Anon: "Get a job!"

What an utter load of crap. Yet another perfect example of somone on the right seeing an opening to denigrating the left. Lighten up The point was there aren't many places in the market that provide content that is of interest to the left.

Also a perfect example of not really understanding the marketplace (while thinking all the while that you do).

As long as you are happy with your 2 hour, 3 helicpoter coverage of a dog caught on a roof of a house, all the power to ya. I'll take the naked biases of KBOO anyday rather than have to wade through the hidden biases built into any of the MSM.

Oh and for the record I'm not a regular KBOO listener, I had a job and now have chosen to be a stay at home father of 2.

Friday, May 27, 2005 1:10:00 PM  
Anonymous none of your business said...

"In the corporate world, negative press does affect the bottom line"

what negative press? none of the papers in town (O, WW, Merc) cover media. ole Pete in the Trib (is he still there) is the only one writing ANYTHING AT ALL about media.

Friday, May 27, 2005 5:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say I am impressed by KBOO's ability to stay up to date with broadcasting technology, given what I assume to be a minescule budget. They have mp3's of their newstories on their website, which in and of itself is pretty sleek. Just what I have noticed on a once over pass of the station- I only listen to a friends Banghra show, not the rest of the shows or news.

Sunday, May 29, 2005 7:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, anonymous, as a board member at KBOO, I happen to know that people work damned hard there, so your assumption that we are all sitting around waiting for a handout is laughable.

Monday, May 30, 2005 1:03:00 PM  
Anonymous some guy said...

I agree with you on the degree of commitment and passion that KBOOer's bring to their radio station. The volunteers, board members, and staff are some of the hardest working people in Portland radio. But I share the concern expressed above about the flagrantly one-sided news coverage. It's like listening to a radio version of the Indy Media web site, where everyone buys so uncritically into these Ward Churchill theories that you're flamed, shouted down, and branded a reactionary if you dare question the conventional assumptions. If one is of that mindset, sure, I suppose it's no problem if the news is a megaphone for street protestors. But for KBOO News (which is what this board is about) to have credibility beyond its own choir, it needs to raise its IQ, think much more critically, and stop acting like Abbie Hoffman-meets-Sean Hannity.

Monday, May 30, 2005 2:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you want a particular item you generally need to pay for it , and then it's yours.

KBOO is paid for by its owners - they want a medium they can have a part in, and the station responds to its owners.

Commercial media are not like that -- their owners stay at a distance from their listeners - and their contact with listeners is rather remote because they rely on commercials for their income. Listeners who don't like what's aired on a commercial outlet yell at the advertisers because that's supposed to get results. But that's really all the say the listeners get - and that is probably why the product is so consistently geared to dumb listeners.

And it's not much different on OPB - sure they go to listeners for financial support but those listeners have little say in the product.

Monday, May 30, 2005 8:48:00 PM  
Anonymous KBOO Rocks! said...

I am a regular KBOO listener and most of these posts reflect ignorance about the range that KBOO offers. People talk about these corporate personalities on these corporate shill machines as if they were actually part of our community. On KBOO the programers are in the community, active and accessable, the morning talk show hosts have been Portland for years, the radio zines offer in-depth interviews and lectures. And even the music programers have distinct and accessable persona's. When you go to the studio at 20 SE 8th, you have entered a community center rather than the high security propaganda machines of corporate media.

Sunday, June 05, 2005 10:57:00 AM  
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