I would just as soon we never had to learn the meaning of this new word in our vocabulary: Sequestration. But there it is, this unlucky 13 letter word that is dominating the news and impacts the fiscal health of all federally funded organizations including all of public broadcasting. At WOSU Public Media, we receive about 14% of our funding in the form of a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcast (CPB), a private, federally funded nonprofit corporation.
Now, it is pretty certain that the across the board federal cuts will reduce our federal grant anywhere from 5-8%. We need your help to continue the local and national programming you’ve come to expect from WOSU. Please consider a contribution to assist us over the next few months. You can do so online anytime and we invite you to contribute to support local programming next Monday night, March 4th, as WOSU TV presents the BEST OF COLUMBUS NEIGHBORHOODS – a special night reviewing excerpts from our six award winning documentaries. You can order the box set and a new book profiling the neighborhoods. What an amazing way to grow your appreciation for where you live!
The photo above was from the Public Media Summit held last week in DC. Friend’s Board President Dale Heydlauff and I were able to visit with all three of our congressional delegation from central Ohio to explain the importance of federal support to the national and local programming efforts of WOSU. We thank Representatives Steve Stivers, Pat Tiberi and Joyce Beatty for their time and support.