Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: October 9, 2013

89.7 NPR News and Classical 101 Fund drive goes through October 18th. Photo : WOSU

89.7 NPR News and Classical 101 Fund drive goes through October 18th. Photo : WOSU

People are often surprised by how critical membership is to WOSU’s bottom line.  Despite what you might hear about federal, state or University funding, over a third of the budget comes from individual members and private support makes up the majority of the annual $9.6 million WOSU budget.

So please support WOSU radio programming by becoming a new member or renewing starting as the WOSU Radio Fall Fund Drive kicks off.  You can call in or just go online at wosu.org and choose to support 89.7 NPR News or Classical 101 or both. Your contribution directly impacts the future of the national and local programming we air on our radio service.

Due to  the pledge drive, there will be some minor interruption in programming through October 18th , but know this is an important way to bring new members into the fold. It’s also been successful at building “sustainer” giving of $10, $20 or more a month.  A growing group of these sustained givers have allowed us to reduce the number of days of radio pledge over the past year.

Thanks for listening and for making NPR News and Classical 101 possible in central Ohio!


    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.