Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: October 18, 2013

Volunteers taking calls in the fund drive nerve center.  Thanks to everyone who contributed your time and your money to support 89.7 NPR News and Classical 101!  Photo: WOSU

Volunteers taking calls in the fund drive nerve center. Thanks to everyone who contributed your time and your money to support 89.7 NPR News and Classical 101! Photo: WOSU


Our dual fundraising efforts on Classical 101 and 89.7 NPR News reached a conclusion Friday late afternoon as we topped our 250,000 goal for the Fall Fundraiser.  Funds go directly to support the programming you hear! We thank the 2,413 contributors who made the on-air drive a success AND all our volunteers who helped throughout the pledge drive. We are humbled by the many positive comments from listeners who contributed over the past nine days. Grand total was $284,591.   Thank you!


  • 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.