Before I pen a letter to my local PBS affiliate questioning their baffling line of pledge-time shows, I thought I might test the waters here and see if there’s some very obvious reasoning I’m just missing out on.
Every time pledge-time comes around I see the same three bizarre choices of programming on KTCA (Twin Cities Public TV):
Various Lawrence Welk stuff.
“The Art of Blenko Glass,” a documentary about a glass-making company in West Virginia.
Seminar shows/infomercials: Suze Orman, Haley’s Hints, Dr. Wayne Dyer
My serious question is this: does the broadcasting of these three specific programs result in higher-than-normal donations to PBS? I would find it easier to understand if, for example, our local Twin Cities PBS station aired a documentary about Minnesota history or Twin Cities cultural stuff. But an in-depth, hour-long show about a West Virginia glass company? I truly don’t understand. Ditto for Lawrence Welk and the infomercials; I just don’t see people tuning in for this kind of programming. Yet time and time again this is what I see come pledge-time.
Do you folks in other parts of the US experience this strangeness? Does somebody have an insight to PBS programming decisions that might explain it to me?