Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: October 15, 2012

Candidates for Ohio U.S. Senate debate for the first time this afternoon in Cleveland. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown and Republican challenger Josh Mandel face off at the Cleveland City Club. 

WOSU OHIO will air the debate “live” at 12:30 today with a rebroadcast at 7 pm tonight.  It will also air in its entirety at 9 pm tonight on 89.7 FM NPR News.  Karen Kasler of the Statehouse News Bureau will be moderating the debate.


    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.