WHYS is broadcast on KALW in San Francisco. Quite a few KALW listeners like us. We know because you tell us. But not everyone. Here are some emails that have been critical of us. See if you think they have got a point. Below them, I have posted the reply I sent to KALW’s programme manager.
I think World have Your Say has had a fair trial. If they had more input from people with some special knowledge about their chosen subjects it might fly. As it is it is just another call-in show; it’s only difference being the breadth of the calling audience. I find they don’t even define the question of the day very well. When they were discussing the UK effort to require the destruction of deaf embryos they couldn’t define whether the discussion was about destroying embryos or deafness being a culture.
As I long time listener and supporter to KALW, I must tell you that I find the British program world have your say not worth listening to? I think KALW under Nicole Sawaya was perfect, and I suppose programming must change from time to time, but this program call in is just awful.? More like AM radio talk shows with British accents controlling content? I still like KALW, front left and center, As It happens? When it comes through, and many other programs? But the Brits are really talking down to us in this program.
I love K.A.L.W. but am really disappointed with the program World Have Your Say. I have tried listening over many months though I had an initial dislike of the sound of the program. I have to say however that today’s show was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. Below are the comments that I sent to that programme in case you are interested in the feedback.
‘I have no interest in having my comments read over the air. I just wanted you to know how terrible your show is. I’ve tried listening via K.A.L.W., with an open mind but I find what you are shoving out over the airwaves to be tripe. I work in public radio and am dismayed at the pro-Chinese slant that you have had every time the subject of Tibet has come up. Also in general the show seems so conservative and biased towards the world’s superpowers.
What is the point in having this conversation when the people speaking in this instance are uneducated and brainwashed by the Chinese government?
Could you not find a single Chinese dissident to speak to for an example?
I am sorry but I am disgusted by the lack of balance and depth. I am choosing not to listen your program any longer. It’s a shame though because this is my favorite station and I don’t really want to have to tune out just for your show.
I have other objections to how this issue in particular was handled but I don’t want to waste your or my time.’