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Networks Follow Lead of PBS

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Downton Abbey Season Three starts January 6, 2013 on WOSU TV
December 3, 2012

It’s perhaps the greatest compliment when someone steals your idea. And it’s become quite a tradition –the commercial TV networks watch for successes on PBS, swipe the concept, put a commercial overlay on the programming and market it with more money than the entire PBS marketing budget. The latest case is the hiring by NBC [...]

Governmental Support – By The Numbers

WOSU receives about 15% of its funding from the federal government through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
October 25, 2012

With Big Bird taking some headlines during the presidential debates, I thought it might be good to skim the fact from the fiction as the debate turns to numbers.  Perhaps, as they might say on Sesame Street, this could be “sponsored by the fraction 1/100th!” Here we go – Federal support for public broadcasting in [...]

Reactions – Federal Funding for Public Media

Federal Funding amounting to 1/100th of 1 percent of the federal budget comes to public stations through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
October 12, 2012

A review of some of the reactions to the call by Governor Mitt Romney for elimination of federal support for public broadcasting.  First a local letter to the editor printed today in the Columbus Dispatch: PUBLIC BROADCASTING INVALUABLE TO MANY The Sunday issue of Click, The Dispatch’s weekly television guide, brought to my attention the [...]

Big Bird and Federal Funding in the Spotlight

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The Sesame Street Gang
October 9, 2012

Following last week’s presidential debate, the unprecedented outpouring of support for public broadcasting has been amazing. We know Big Bird felt the love, and so did we. 

Turn to WOSU for Convention Coverage

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WOSU will have extensive coverage of Campaign 2012 on-air and online.
August 27, 2012

If you’re watching broadcast television during the GOP or Democratic conventions and want to see more than cursory coverage, you better tune to PBS or NPR.  The commercial networks will broadcast an hour of convention coverage each night and that’s about it. Sure, there are fewer smoke filled rooms at conventions any longer and very [...]

No Political Ads Here

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Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor PBS coverage of the Conventions starting August 27th. The first all-female anchor duo in Convention history!
August 8, 2012

If you’re watching commercial television over the next few months, you’re likely to grow weary of being bombarded with political advertisements.  Yet another distinction of WOSU is that we will not accept political ads.  Come to us for a safe haven from the “super PAC” spots! And stay with us if you want the real [...]

Over 50 years old? In a Life Transition? Checkout NEXT AVENUE!

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NEXT AVENUE is a key information source for 50+ residents of Ohio
May 21, 2012

Looking for information about the best diet if you’re over 50?  Information about adult caregiving?  How to plan for your retirement? Find all that and more on a new dynamic website provided by WOSU Public Media called Next Avenue! America is in the midst of an age boom. The 50+ population in America is projected [...]

Harper Lee – Tonight on WOSU TV

2, 2012

Harper Lee continues to live in Alabama with one publication to her name – To Kill a Mockingbird.  I am proud owner of a signed version of her seminal book and have one Harper Lee story to share involving, of all things, a radio pledge drive.  I once worked at Alabama Public Radio at the [...]

Downton Abbey – The Brits are a Hit on PBS

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February 23, 2012

So I am at a gathering last Tuesday night and I’m approached nearly a dozen times by Downton Abbey viewers saying it was must see on WOSU TV and PBS.  That is always great to hear!  The British period drama concluded its second year on Sunday night with national ratings giving the Masterpiece Classic broadcast [...]

DISH Network Dissing Public TV

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October 27, 2011

I know a portion of our audience watches WOSU TV on the DISH Network.  You should know what your satellite TV provider is doing. DISH has requested the U.S. Supreme Court review the Congressional mandate to carry noncommercial stations, like WOSU, in high definition (HDTV). Last March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth [...]