It upsets my whole viewing schedule.
No, I DON'T want to see Celtic Thunder or the 2,000th airing of the Mamas and the Papas singing California Dreaming, or Jay and the Americans, or Jews on Broadway, or the 40th program about the Doors appearing somewhere, or Celtic Women, which is 10x worse than Celtic Thunder. Or Doo Wop or ...excuse me .. A Pink Floyd tribute band? What is this, YouTube?
March is a whole pledge MONTH!
In my area PBS stations would rotate weeks for Beg-A-Thons. Now they're simultaneous. Good time not to watch.
It means I miss out on seeing Jean and Lionel's wedding for the gazillionth time ... oh well ...
Tonight is a Doors concert so I will be watching regardless. I use pledge breaks as bathroom breaks.
My station show those infomercials about "brain power" and other things; you gift for donating is a copy of the book written by the presenter.
I am missing NOVA, Nature, History Detectives, Market Warriors, Death in Paradise, DCI Banks, inspector Gently and Doc Martin, which I didn't see when it first aired.
I used to love PBS, but now I only sometimes like it. There are too many stations and therefore too many talking heads. All this pledge shit is simply talking heads begging for enough money to keep their jobs.
PBS should be set up like MPT in Maryland. Have one PBS channel per state and then there would be more than enough money. Here in CA, I think we have a PBS station for each county.
I love the rock and roll showss they do.Where else can you see some of those groups.Eric Burdon is still coll and Peter Noone actually ahs gotten alittle soul and Jefferson Starship was great but they ONLY show those programs during pledge week,and when is AETN Great Performances going to film a performance of HAIR?That would be far-out and groovy.
I'm rockin' to Daniel O'Donell.
Daniel O'Donell is so dull and bland.
Why are you watching PBS if you take issue with it? Do you only get a couple of networks at home?
I've got only basic cable,r11. I watch PBS all the time.
Who are the PBS pledge MCs in your area?
In San Francisco, we have balding semi-bear Bud Gundy (who PBS also trots out for Pride Month), and tight lipped, poodle-cut Andrea Marcovecci.
They are good.
I don't know who mine are,r13. They rotate them every day.
I'm watching a recorded pledge drive. I recognize the patter from the 3 other times they've aired Daniel O'Donell.
Andrea Bocelli in Portofino coming up here.
I guess I'll change the channel. Nothing against Bocelli but I've already watched this and, frankly, I found O'Donell more entertaining in a he's so bland he's good kinda way.
I think they run pretaped network-wide MC's these days?
OP= Mitt Romney
What I've never figured out about these pledge periods is this: Do the same people who love NOVA, Masterpiece, Frontline, etc. want to see all those self-help, old-time singers, etc. programs? And do those who watch the pledge programming watch the regular good programming?
One of the pledge hosts on my local station is the heinous conservative radio host Mark Simone. His ideas are as ridiculous as the wig that sits atop his head.
Wish they would rerun the pledge drive for "Keeping Up Appearences" with Josephine (Elizabeth) Tewkson in the studio.
Typical of Armenian men, Mark Simone gets uglier and fatter as he gets older.
I give to PBS once a year but I totally understand OP's frustration.
They are forever begging for money, like an evangelist. No matter how much they raise, they don't have enough.
There is a giant new state of the art PBS headquarters in Boston and I've had a few friends who work there when I lived in Boston; they're very generous, pay well, etc., which is fine, but they don't really run themselves like a non-profit.
I never understand why they show so many crap shows during pledge time--if they want people to pledge, it should be for what they like, not what they can't stand.
The Boston PBS station has or had a hot Irish-looking guy, last name O'Leary I think. I'd put up with Bocelli or worse to get a look at him
WHYY in Philadelphia refuses to air the metroploitan opera broadcasts yet overdoses on Andrea Bocelli and Jackie Evancho pledge specials! Ugh! What was their old slogan? If PBS doesn't, who will? (Something like that)
I enjoyed the "Hullabaloo!" retrospective.
Is it true that years ago a radio station started playing Kate Smith singing God Bless America and said they wouldn't stop until they met their pledge goal? According to the legend they made their goal in something like 14 hours.
I drove across Iowa a couple of years ago, and Public Radio was having their fund drive. They were begging to $5 and $10 donations. I came across a Fundie Christian station that was having their fund drive at the same time, and the Fundies were getting callers who were sponsoring entire days. They had to have out-raised the Public Station 5:1 or more. It was very depressing.
Please remember to give generously during all PBS pledge drives.
Just give PBS a few million bucks and it might cut down on the pledge drives.
Yeah, in the 70s they'd have cast members from Upstairs Downstairs, Poldark, I, Claudius and other shows in the studio during pledge week. You only see Dan Stevens and Patrick Stewart in pre-taped 30 second messages randomly placed on PBS year-round.
They called my house the day after airing the Jews and Broadway show and asked for my partner, who has pledged before and has a Jewish name. He said, "That was smart of them to target the audience for a specific show that aired last night."
He pledged $50.
I agree it was smart. I wonder if they target members with Italian last names after they show opera. Or with Irish names after the Celtic crap.
My local PBS channel dropped the Britcoms a couple months back. Boo!
I actually want to donate, but how can I do so without my PBS station hounding me for the rest of my life and beyond? I hate receiving all the junk mail crap. I donated a small sum once to a hospital 10 years ago and they're still sending me glossy mail even after repeated requests to stop. All that money and paper on crap mail that I toss.
What R33 said; If you give them $50, or $500, they will hound your ass constantly with junk mail.
It's as if they put all of that money right back into mailing crap.
I personally think PBS has become gluttonous, like most organizations.
If you watch even one second of PBS without donating you're a THEIF
I'll give them money when they bring back the tote bag.
Tonight, my local is airing the "Les Miserbles 25th Anniversary Concert."
"I personally think PBS has become gluttonous, like most organizations."
Seems that way to me, too. I donated for about 15 years and found that every renewal notice included a "suggested donation" that was 50 percent higher than the previous year's. Whose income goes up that much? Not mine.
I'm now watching 60s Pop Flashback and singing along
Jealous much OP?
The Beg-A-Thon for 50s music with host Nick Clooney still airing was taped in 2006.
[quote] I'm now watching 60s Pop Flashback and singing along
[quote] Jealous much OP?
No, because if I'd wanted to, I could have watched it 20 times in the past month.
Pssst. Hulu, Netflix and PBS.org have all your pledge survival viewing resources.
PBS is virtually the only network that gives a damn about viewers over 50. During its pledge drives, it features musical shows with artists that appeal to older viewers: Andre Rieu, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Michael Buble and Datalounge darling Chris Mann.
[quote]PBS is virtually the only network that gives a damn about viewers over 50.
They got the idea into their heads that my Mother was likely to leave them something in her will, so they wined and dined her, sent her endless estate planning packets, and invited her to all manner of little meet and greets with people like Rick Steves.
All for nothing as it turned out, but they tried like Hell.
I like "Death in Paradise." It makes me want to go to the Caribbean (in spite of all those murders).
[quote] I actually want to donate, but how can I do so without my PBS station hounding me for the rest of my life and beyond? I hate receiving all the junk mail crap. I donated a small sum once to a hospital 10 years ago and they're still sending me glossy mail even after repeated requests to stop. All that money and paper on crap mail that I toss.
This times 1000.
What we need to do is invent an iPhone app that donates money to these organizations (whatever one you choose) without giving your address (because they will hound you till you die).
Or what we do at Whole Foods where they ask us to round our amount up and they give the rest to an organization. That kind of thing.
The problem is, I can only ever give these folks about $25 a year, and they'll spend three times that hounding me for more.
Not to mention the endless viewings of one version or another of Les Miz.
[quote]I actually want to donate, but how can I do so without my PBS station hounding me for the rest of my life and beyond?
Or even making you sit through more fundraising pleas once you've already given for that drive. WQXR (radio) in NYC is trying to get people to donate by then giving them access to an online music stream *without* pledge breaks and pitches, but so far I don't see that working for television.
If they re-ran those shows (Upstairs Downstairs, Poldark, I, Claudius) during pledge week I'd probably donate.