Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: October 20, 2012

The WOSU staff celebrated two events on Friday with an assist from a generous contribution by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

First,  the announcement that WOSU was with winner of the Artistic Excellence Award from the Greater Columbus Arts Council for the remarkable Columbus Neighborhoods project, which includes documentaries, radio specials, an interactive website and video segments created just for central Ohio classrooms. 

Second, the success of the Fall Fund Drive on 89.7 FM NPR News.  We topped our $240,000 fund drive goal on Friday with contributions from over 2,200 listeners in central Ohio.

All of us are so privileged to work at WOSU and serve the citizens of this great community!


    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.