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a new program has been found at the early 6 am hour called 'THE STEPHANI MILLER' show.
It sounds current, intelligent, even funny and may be worth hearing....if only....
if only - the rapid-fire speech were more intelligible and listen-able to those of us on the outside = outside-the-station-studio audiences.... it is mostly Not.
yes, bits and pieces are heard, are interesting..... but then, the rest of the sentence, the continual OVER-talking with guests, and the laughter -
[ as some parts can intermittently be heard - but whole show is intended for informing, pleasing ONLY THOSE INSIDE THE STUDIO then - as this slot is apparently only between whoever is INSIDE the studio space, not us outside.] even tho we would all like to be able to laugh or learn too !.
there is much sputtering, stuttering, interrupting.....and then sudden spurts of shouts that instantly obliterate what was just said and over-sounding the next phrase.... the sounds of a few brief words clearly stated only to be again, yes, Interrupted again by some other sounds that make no sense.
Beeps cover more that was just said but makes no sense to what is actually heard by listeners. Can't people keep their language decent when given opportunity to be broadcasting on air?
But if we have paid our dues, we WANT TO HEAR it - so, what's so funny ?
what is claimed to be relevant to the political scenes we live in ? what did the guest refer to ? incoherent interruptions continue to fill in more than 2/3 ++ of the 1 hr pgm.
then...strangely, while KPFK is on another day, the VERY SAME SHOW is re-broadcast, repeated. as if so good it must be replayed again ? we feel thwarted, noting the very same interruptions, glib self-enjoying-in-studio people say what sounds like the very same sequence of words...that was in inaudible / un-listen-able to that prior show broadcast recently.
Can this is true ? That there are insufficient programs ? so the Program Director & management then are simply REPEATING that same pgm in the same time slot, another day ?
What is going on at KPFK ? We surely paid for better than this...and are re-thinking our $$$ contributions to get such redundant intelligibility -when we thought we were paying/ supporting professional programming there.
The people's names are rapidly, low-tone, into collar uttered as if 'of course, everyone knows 'em' so names are rapidly said, slurred quickly ....and then more fast talking goes on -- with the donor/ listener wondering:"who was that ?"
and "what was it they said ?"
"was it funny ?"
"we didn't get it !"
"why cant they talk to be intelligible ?" [= heard, enjoyed, debated, repeated, etc. ]
so we did become frustrated, & felt left-out, and then wondered "what is wrong there?"
unfortunately it may be a technical operator problem ? no one monitoring or seeing the dials ?
or not that ? who out here can know the machinery used and if gauged properly or ignored ?
or is no one INSIDE the studio realizing what emerges on air ?
and that listeners/ donors/ stakeholders of KPFK are not just solo-listening, as only attending to 1 thing, the radio sounds, listening intently, just Only attending to the station's program.. .and nothing else ? Rarely is that possible, if ever.
And, if we are listening, while doing other tasks, like maybe : driving, cleaning, cooking, walking or whatever else is necessary to live a decent, clean, responsible lifestyle...
then the rapid speechifying goes by so fast that only some few words are actually heard, without continuity, without comprehension, without making sense !
and with so much KPFK sounds not clearly audible, and the resulting gaps are leaving the rest sounds as being:
so confusing and blurred or slurred - or leaving noise-sound-bundles into what is being said - making any sense ONLY to those in-the-know in the studio -
while we out here - all that "the rest of us" out here, cannot hear nor understand !
what is going on ? what a waste of our time and attention !!!
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So are those special people, being inside -with their access to also seeing:
all the non-verbal-interactive performances = that give clues/ cues as to context - and comprehension and hinting at implications too... all else that's already known to reveal WHAT IS BEING SAID - but to only those AMONG inside there, as are then those "so-extra-SPECIAL
PEOPLE " - only who are in studio 'doing' this show.. but not us, tuned in, trying...but not able...
while we 'outsiders' get frustrated, for failing to hear full sentences, or 'getting it' even at ends of those conversations, etc. are just 'lost".
Yet People who are doing the broadcasting on radio - speaking fast, being so smart / sharp / quick on their draws & so proud of their being so verbally facile while assuming that, of course, everyone else must admire their rapid-talk-too..... [NOT]
but they are not talking to the listening audiences - who may strain in trying to hear what was it that seemed maybe funny, clever, worth remembering ? ... and then, being ordinary &
silly-people who, of course, have learned to 'Only Blame Themselves' -as trained to be blamed -
for their inability to hear, or follow, or even understand - all that was 'said' on the radio ...
we should be able to...... "so what is wrong with us ?????"
however it was said into microphone - too fast, too cut-in-with-other-voices-sounds, too covered-over-with-strange-laughter? with many " he-he-he's" & guffaws & giggles ? we could Not Get It.
plus also: guests or even the many referenced names are muttered quickly in undertones, voice lowered - as if names were already known, need not be enunciated clearly, & as if all those listeners must recognize & know ' who is also there or referred to' - program people saying what cannot be clearly understood nor appreciated, even... out here = where we are.
so afterwards - we were looking further, doing the Extra Work,of taking our own Personal Time -
to search out more on the KPFK website - of Stephani's show / shows....Nothing...
there were no other names of who guests were, or what the topics discussed were....
and certainly there was readable info - no text available - of what was orally-only
broadcast on-air. Perhaps with false assumptions that no more is needed to share ?
and this fairly is then compared to the excellent OTHER PLACES & programs - those providing more info of each broadcast = as on Democracy Now 's website, or also many NPR shows too... with even maybe only 1-2 short paragraphs- but other on-air places that do again share info =
by at least, listing names of guests. so listeners, donors can follow up ...
or comment about a topic... or save online site to refer to it later perhaps, etc. ].
actually, the KPFK's broadcast gives an after-effect and memory, but probably not what was intended - in that we [out here] heard no more than a blur of some word-sounds, with an only occasional recognition of a few phrases, that had piqued our interest....but left us wondering... 'what is going on there ? '
while whole sentences are not possible to HEAR, nor appreciate, nor later recall - even when listened to on a good radio that receives good reception - or on even more than 1 radio that results w/ same poor effects .
worse ! then, that KPFK asks for donations to maintain the station - having lured listeners with putting on air finally a new pgm ! wow. a novelty. one that seems probably worth listening to ! and seems to come with humor included ! a rarity -
but then.... the station instead delivers a mass of sounds that leaves us 'out side' with the disappointed sense that we missed something !
'of course they at our station also: they continue to think it is 'our fault' .. as said many times "never anyone - anything inside KPFK could be wrong !" so of course,it is our failings " =
as the forever self-righteous assumptive mode at KPFK has always been that those working inside are fine, while those living outside are not. of course ! we are mere listeners, payors, and recognized during fund drives, but not......
as that must be why we had actually made the efforts + attempted to attentively listen ...
but then barely got some tid-bits out of that -instead of the discernible information we hoped for.
So then, no where to turn to find out the rest - that was dissolved into air-waves-ether, not heard, what to think ? what to do then ? how to respond to such feeling thus cheated by our station ?
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the most efficient resulting plan was.... of course!
to turn elsewhere. tune in to another more professionally delivering: audible, clear, well-paced, intelligible VOICES THAT WE CAN follow, understand, and enjoy...instead. Easy ! yes !
the competition for our attention and money is keen and continual. we are not stuck w/only 1.
We even later made extra effort :
Looking to see Stephani Millers' internet info -found 1 which has a self-serving accomplishments-mostly only - a listing page on Wikipedia , but with a bare bit of bio in there. All bragging and confirming her ambition and roles elsewhere. No mention of KPFK noted tho.
+ Found a KFI radio page -with Apr 2019 listing her radio program There ...
and on KPFK website, a notice of her show but w/o a contact address or any per-show info -
to inform those who cared enough to 'Try To Listen' -
[even if we then felt Failed - by the station's limitations].
who cares ?
who bothers to follow up and write KPFK - or even find the link to where to write about this ?
we did. But if, as has happened also same in past experiences, there is a long delay or No Reply at all Received. then we wonder if anyone is home?
or does any one inside the station CARE enough to make improvements ? - or notice ?
when we provide the feedback?
Or - have we again, 'wasted' our own time, work, effort - and become dismayed + disappointed + dis-illusion-ed. especially after all the KPFK the repeated promos, self-promotional pronouncements - as heard on station's airwaves -
and that have misled us as to what they are or are Not doing 'for us, their members' ?
we too, will let readers know if anything further occurs. not hopeful tho.
or if we too have to again: Give Up Trying to make Contact with anyone at KPFK [as those who have not already turned away for similar reasons - as already stated here many times].
As we are surprised when we accidentally, unsolicitedly hear from other prior donors / volunteers-of-other-times give us their same complaints - and their reasons for leaving KPFK far behind, instead finding other radio preferables...
[and since they describe their complaint first, they are not repeating what we have already documented ...as now here. ]
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