We are in Pledge time right now on the local radio side. Like the street work that has taken place in my neighborhood in recent months, I understand its importance and tolerate it, knowing it will mercifully end after a couple of weeks.
For me, the most annoying part of pledge drives are the "closers" in the prime time hours at the start and the end of the day. I have no doubt that KQED strategically does this. A couple semi-obnoxious personalities who go on and on about the same thing over and over again. Pledge now and get these closers off the air ASAP is the subliminal message.