Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: April 17, 2013

89.7 NPR News Morning Edition anchor Steve Brown in action. Support 89.7 over the next nine days and keep the outstanding NPR and local coverage coming. Photo: WOSU

89.7 NPR News Morning Edition anchor Steve Brown in action. Support 89.7 over the next nine days and keep the outstanding NPR and local coverage coming. Photo: WOSU

The 89.7 FM Spring Pledge Drive goes from Thursday, April 18 through Friday, April 26.  Our goal is $250,000, which goes directly to pay for the national and local programming you listen to every day. Future programming decisions hinge on maintaining and increasing memberships at WOSU. Every dollar, every pledge, is critical.

We’ve reduced on-air fundraising this year by eliminating a winter fundraiser for the first time in recent history and we need to be successful to continue to reduce on-air pledge time. We need your help.

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  • DWIGHT BOBSON

    The premise is faulty. NPR does not depend on federal funds. Local stations depend on federal funds and that’s where federal funds go. Each local station is governed by its own local community and provides programming for its local community per its local board policies and its community advisory boards, based on local needs and interests. Each station chooses to buy, or not buy, programs from individual production companies and producers, for example, American Public Media, Public Media International, NPR, Association of Independents in Public radio, etc. Each station also produces its own programs. Some local stations, mostly in rural and smaller communities, depend on federal funds for up to 50% of their budget. Stations in the larger markets may get less than 5% federal funds. So to cut federal dollars is to prevent the smallest communities the opportunity to have locally controlled public media. Based on the facts, the discussion is very different from the one being presented.