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I Hate PBS Pledge Week

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?

by Anonymousreply 7201/12/2015


March is a whole pledge MONTH!

by Anonymousreply 103/13/2013

In my area PBS stations would rotate weeks for Beg-A-Thons. Now they're simultaneous. Good time not to watch.

by Anonymousreply 203/13/2013

It means I miss out on seeing Jean and Lionel's wedding for the gazillionth time ... oh well ...

by Anonymousreply 303/13/2013

Tonight is a Doors concert so I will be watching regardless. I use pledge breaks as bathroom breaks.

by Anonymousreply 403/13/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 503/13/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 603/13/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 703/13/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 803/13/2013

I'm rockin' to Daniel O'Donell.

by Anonymousreply 903/13/2013

Daniel O'Donell is so dull and bland.

by Anonymousreply 1003/13/2013

Why are you watching PBS if you take issue with it? Do you only get a couple of networks at home?

by Anonymousreply 1103/13/2013

I've got only basic cable,r11. I watch PBS all the time.

by Anonymousreply 1203/13/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1303/13/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1403/13/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1503/13/2013

I think they run pretaped network-wide MC's these days?

by Anonymousreply 1603/13/2013

OP= Mitt Romney

by Anonymousreply 1703/13/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 1803/13/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1903/13/2013

Wish they would rerun the pledge drive for "Keeping Up Appearences" with Josephine (Elizabeth) Tewkson in the studio.

by Anonymousreply 2003/14/2013

Typical of Armenian men, Mark Simone gets uglier and fatter as he gets older.

by Anonymousreply 2103/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2203/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2303/14/2013

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

by Anonymousreply 2403/14/2013

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)

by Anonymousreply 2503/14/2013

I enjoyed the "Hullabaloo!" retrospective.

by Anonymousreply 2603/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2703/14/2013

Please remember to give generously during all PBS pledge drives.

by Anonymousreply 2803/14/2013

Just give PBS a few million bucks and it might cut down on the pledge drives.

by Anonymousreply 2903/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3003/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3103/14/2013

My local PBS channel dropped the Britcoms a couple months back. Boo!

by Anonymousreply 3203/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3303/14/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3403/14/2013

If you watch even one second of PBS without donating you're a THEIF

by Anonymousreply 3503/14/2013

I'll give them money when they bring back the tote bag.

by Anonymousreply 3603/14/2013

Tonight, my local is airing the "Les Miserbles 25th Anniversary Concert."


by Anonymousreply 3703/14/2013

"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.

by Anonymousreply 3803/14/2013

Elmo knows where you live.

by Anonymousreply 3903/14/2013

I'm now watching 60s Pop Flashback and singing along

Jealous much OP?

by Anonymousreply 4003/14/2013

The Beg-A-Thon for 50s music with host Nick Clooney still airing was taped in 2006.

by Anonymousreply 4103/15/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 4203/15/2013

Pssst. Hulu, Netflix and have all your pledge survival viewing resources.

by Anonymousreply 4303/15/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4403/15/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 4503/15/2013

I like "Death in Paradise." It makes me want to go to the Caribbean (in spite of all those murders).

by Anonymousreply 4606/20/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 4706/20/2013

Not to mention the endless viewings of one version or another of Les Miz.

by Anonymousreply 4806/20/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 4906/20/2013

R30 If they re-ran those shows (Upstairs Downstairs, Poldark, I, Claudius) during pledge week I'd probably donate.

by Anonymousreply 5006/20/2013

I totally agree the programming is terrible and totally repetitive. It has a negative effect. ask for a donation at the end of programs in a quick effective manner that does not play 60's music over and over. Channel 21 is the worst! There has got to be a better way!!

by Anonymousreply 5106/15/2014

The thing I find scary is that PBS airs the shows that pull in the big donations.

There's apparently a big market out there for the lightest-weight 60s and 70s music, Celtic thunder, Lawrence Welk retrospectives and all the rest.

by Anonymousreply 5206/15/2014

Old people give lots of money to PBS.

by Anonymousreply 5306/15/2014

It's a disgrace.

Even as the pledge week hosts are begging and arm-twisting, they're smug and flowery about the "glorious and fascinating and informative programming you simply won't find anyplace else."

CUE: Another three-hours of Suze Fucking Orman taking questions from nonagenarians about 'what's a good rate for a ten-year bond' only to have Suze respond by asking if she still looks pretty in her shit brown leather coat; followed by hours of charlatans selling the elixir of life.

by Anonymousreply 5406/15/2014

But, if you donate to any charity at all, you will forever be on their mailing list.

I donated to the Vietnam Wall foundation because I am a Vietnam vet, but they never stop with the begging and the big, fancy "certificates of appreciation" and the invitations to some function in Wash DC. At least I get a nice Vietnam wall calendar every year. I donate maybe two times a year.

St Jude's, Diabetes, Heart Disease, some Indian Catholic School, Animal rescue groups...I am on all their lists. It never stops. I get calendars from them too.

by Anonymousreply 5506/15/2014

I don't understand why PBS needs pledge drives, the government funds it. Remember? That terrible old Mitt Romney wanted to de-fund PBS and take Big Bird off the air forever, remember? Huh? Remember? The Republicans wanted to take it away forever, but Super Obama won and now we have PBS and they keep asking for money but I thought Obama was going to pay to keep Elmo on the air?

by Anonymousreply 5606/15/2014

R56, at one time the US funded PBS, but Ronnie Raygun cut way back on their funding so he could arm the Contras. We've had incessant pledge drives ever since.

Romney was going to cut their funding completely.

Wasn't he going to be in for a big surprise when he discovered how many Republicans are making big money as PBS executives. I figure that's where most of the money goes when the PBS affiliates are always begging for money. I would probably give more to them if they were more transparent about where they're spending our donations.

They're putting out a good product some — definitely not all — of the time but I have a feeling they've got a major racket going.

by Anonymousreply 5706/15/2014

Since the phone company charges for an unlisted number, I’m listed. I get tons of calls from all kinds of organizations asking for money. There is one sure way to get them to hang up and never bother you again.

I tell them (in my case it happens to be true but I’m sure it will work even when it’s not true) I’m disabled and live on SSI & food stamps. I don’t have enough to pay both my rent and utilities and I go hungry the last week of the month. Since you raise money can you please do something to help me? They cannot get me off the phone fast enough and many just hang up on me. Not one as ever called me back a second time.

by Anonymousreply 5806/15/2014

[quote]at one time the US funded PBS, but Ronnie Raygun cut way back on their funding so he could arm the Contras. We've had incessant pledge drives ever since.

Oh bullshit, I remember pledge dries long before Reagan came into office.

by Anonymousreply 5906/15/2014

Why don't they just have pledge commercials throughout the year? Wouldn't that make more sense than milking money from their subscribers for a couple of weeks twice a year?

And after this is done, they will re-run all the shows that have new seasons starting late summer. I mean, who wants to pledge money for a summer of re-runs.

by Anonymousreply 6006/15/2014

My local PBS station has a pledge drive at least 2 weekends a month and every 3 months they stretch it out for a few weeks. The last drive, they said they were trying to raise money to buy new equipment to "expand their signal" in the area. Meanwhile, of the 4 PBS stations, 2 play the same programs at the same time and my signal constantly cuts out. I should look up who's in charge down there and drive by his house. If he's got a mansion, I'm going to steal their brand new satellite dish.

by Anonymousreply 6106/15/2014

I think they spread it out to give us a Britcom break, as there are only so many Hyacinth and Mrs. Slocum episodes to go around!

The Fort Myers station airs documentaries geared at the retiree audience about the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn, the orphan trains in the Midwest (couples picked kids to adopt kind of like getting popsicles from the Good Humor truck), etc. My folks LOVED watching that stuff while I visited. I think one of the pledge breaks was about musicals in the 40s/50s, which they loved, too.

by Anonymousreply 6206/15/2014

My local PBS affiliate is doing month-long pledge every three months. That means one-third of their programming is pledge drives.

R59, that might have been your local affiliate. That was not true where I lived at the time. I never saw a pledge drive until he made his cuts.

by Anonymousreply 6306/15/2014

PBS has NEVER been fully funded by government money.

Also, R61, are you planning to drive back in time to 1985 to steal that "brand new satellite dish"?

by Anonymousreply 6406/15/2014

I call home for Mummy to donate to my "pledge drive."

by Anonymousreply 6506/15/2014

R64, it differs according to the affiliate. Some affiliates get a major part of their funding from educational and other sources. The combination of those funding sources and what they got from the government meant they did not need to have pledge drives.

Where I live now, our local PBS affiliate gets funding from the state and local departments of education and a major state university along with what it gets from the federal government and pledge drives.

Other PBS affiliates have different funding sources.

by Anonymousreply 6606/15/2014

[quote]They are forever begging for money, like an evangelist. No matter how much they raise, they don't have enough.

Ha! I worked for a phone bank in high school, and one of the companies we called & harassed people on behalf of was…PBS. I still remember the script going like this: "Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling on behalf of PBS to say THANK YOU for your donation!" At this point people would often cut me off and say, "Oh you're so welcome!" or "What a nice phone call!" or something similar…not having any idea I was about to hit them up for more money. The computer would then either tell me their three favorite PBS programs (assuming they'd been contacted before) or, if it didn't, I'd simply ask them & then type in their responses. This data collection wasn't because we gave a shit…oh no…it was to use against them in the next paragraph of my script.

I'd then have to say, "Mr/Mrs ______, we hate to have to call our donors back again, but PBS is currently in the red which means shows like (favorite #1) (favorite #2) and (favorite #3) are currently in jeopardy. To ensure future episodes of (favorite #1) (favorite #2) and (favorite #3) can we count on you for another donation of, say $500? Or even $250? (It KILLED me having to ask for these ridiculous amounts--especially considering these people had ALREADY donated--but if Q.A. overheard us not asking for top dollar, we got pulled into the back room & scolded). If they said no, we'd ask, "Can we count on you for $125, or would $100 be better for you today?" If they said no to that then we could finally say, "Well any amount helps--what can we count on you for?"

I'd always cringe when people would say to me, "It's so nice of you to volunteer!" Honey, I wasn't volunteering--I was being paid on commission and God only knows how much of the funds I raised actually went to PBS and how much was skimmed off by the call center. Non-profit my ass.

by Anonymousreply 6706/15/2014

Shit, that's good to know, R67. This is why I love DL.

by Anonymousreply 6806/15/2014

My PBS station now seems to do 2 weeks of regular programming and 2 weeks of begging.

by Anonymousreply 6906/15/2014

You pay for HBO. Pay for PBS. It's quality programming not offered elsewhere.

by Anonymousreply 7006/15/2014

I don't pay for HBO but I do pay for PBS.

by Anonymousreply 7106/15/2014

PBS needs to use some of those raised funds to start bringing in new talent for the Newshour. Some of the more *senior* females either speak at inaudible levels or sound as if they have been hitting the gin.

by Anonymousreply 7201/12/2015
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