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Going full grammar-guy on public radio

You don’t listen KPBS. You listen to KPBS

KPBS: committing grammarcide daily!
KPBS: committing grammarcide daily!

Is it just me? Harken to KPBS: “Thank you for listening and supporting KPBS…” This is KPBS, member-supported radio, with assets of, what, $75 million? You do a double take. Say what? “Thank you for listening and supporting KPBS.” Aaargh! How could they!? How do you even translate this? “Thank you for listening KPBS”? You don’t listen KPBS. You listen to KPBS!

Yes, they could mean “Thank you for 1) listening to them thanking you; and 2) for supporting KPBS. But I don’t buy it. For brevity, they thought they could get away with murder by mashing two incompatible messages. I bet there have been a zillion announcers’ booth arguments on this one. And on the region’s most pretentious radio outlet!

KPBS: Keeping Grammarians guessing.

“Thank you for…” KPBS has been running this small but maddening grammatical outrage for months, years! (This is on top of announcers insisting on signing off as “K-pbs,” as though isolating the “K” delivers a message about ownership. I should call and record a righteously outraged message. I should also complain about the news reading crew consistently getting their stresses wrong. I should …I know. What thu heck. It really is no big deal. Just like someone playing a bum note once every verse in a song. Why complain? The rest of the song is fine. I’m just another curmudgeon going forensic on overstressed radio announcers. But as Eli Wallach says in Godfather Part III, there’s nothing more annoying than having a pebble in your shoe. “Thank you for listening…” is a pebble in my shoe. Will somebody talk to somebody?

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KPBS: committing grammarcide daily!
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Is it just me? Harken to KPBS: “Thank you for listening and supporting KPBS…” This is KPBS, member-supported radio, with assets of, what, $75 million? You do a double take. Say what? “Thank you for listening and supporting KPBS.” Aaargh! How could they!? How do you even translate this? “Thank you for listening KPBS”? You don’t listen KPBS. You listen to KPBS!

Yes, they could mean “Thank you for 1) listening to them thanking you; and 2) for supporting KPBS. But I don’t buy it. For brevity, they thought they could get away with murder by mashing two incompatible messages. I bet there have been a zillion announcers’ booth arguments on this one. And on the region’s most pretentious radio outlet!

KPBS: Keeping Grammarians guessing.

“Thank you for…” KPBS has been running this small but maddening grammatical outrage for months, years! (This is on top of announcers insisting on signing off as “K-pbs,” as though isolating the “K” delivers a message about ownership. I should call and record a righteously outraged message. I should also complain about the news reading crew consistently getting their stresses wrong. I should …I know. What thu heck. It really is no big deal. Just like someone playing a bum note once every verse in a song. Why complain? The rest of the song is fine. I’m just another curmudgeon going forensic on overstressed radio announcers. But as Eli Wallach says in Godfather Part III, there’s nothing more annoying than having a pebble in your shoe. “Thank you for listening…” is a pebble in my shoe. Will somebody talk to somebody?

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No, you are not the only one! Thank you for speaking up! Especially about a Radio Station which has a show about this very issue. Apparently the diminutive "to" has become wayward, like a middle school student skipping English class.

Aug. 3, 2022

Yeah! I've noticed too, and had the same thoughts. They could very easily re-record that.

Aug. 3, 2022

I don't listen to KPBS. I like grammatical correctness myself, and I can see why some listeners are annoyed. Maybe the way it's said sounds smoother, and it rolls off the tongue easier. I believe they're well aware of it.

Aug. 3, 2022

At certain times of the day KPBS runs some NPR talk shows, and many are very hard to tolerate. A certain patter comes out, usually hosted by a female personality who interviews various, usually female, advocates and "experts" on a host of subjects. So, what's not to like? "Like" and "you know" are used to distraction by those who are talking, to the point where they mask the intent of the broadcast. Can't those who are expected to speak with authority purge those verbal tics from their statements and replies? Seems that we have lost that fight, especially in the Gen-Y and millennial groups. Oh and lest I come across as sexist, there are males in abundance who do the same thing, and in some ways sound even worse. That's why I don't support or generally listen to KPBS.

Aug. 5, 2022

RE: "“Thank you for listening and supporting KPBS. It's would be OK if one paused after listening. It needed a comma, and a "for" added. Like this: “Thank you for listening, and for supporting KPBS.

Aug. 7, 2022

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