Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: April 5, 2014

WOSU Report to the Community is now available online.

WOSU Report to the Community is now available online.

It’s pledge week on 89.7 NPR News and Classical 101.  You might wonder about supporting the top radio news operation in the state of Ohio or the only source for classical music on the radio dial.  If you need more information about ALL that WOSU Public Media does in the central Ohio community, please spend a minute to review our 2013 Community Report.  Thanks for caring and supporting public media!

WOSU Public Media in 2013:

  • 3,139 hours of PBS Kids programming aired
  • 46,146 youngsters impacted by our preschool Ready to Learn Program in central Ohio
  • 3,754 hours of local programming on Classical 101
  • Over 900 guests on All Sides with Ann Fisher on 89.7 NPR News
  • 5,429 downloads of the new WOSU mobile app for smart phones and tablets
  • Over 46,000 households tune in for our Columbus Neighborhoods – South Side documentary
  • 20,819 members


    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.