Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: November 5, 2012

Our news and production staff are busy planning WOSU’s multimedia election night coverage.  You can watch, listen and surf online for the best election coverage on WOSU:

  • On WOSU TV, we present at “Live” Columbus on the Record special, 7:30-8pm, followed by PBS NewsHour coverage. News Director Mike Thompson will provide special local reports through the evening on WOSU TV.
  • On 89-7 NPR News, we present a special election show with Ann Fisher from 7-8pm, followed by NPR election coverage all night. Marilyn Smith will anchor updates during NPR’s election coverage. Sam Hendren will cover election day voting and returns, Mandie Trimble will cover the Democrats, Tom Borgerding will cover the Republicans.
  • Online at www.wosu.org , WOSU will use a combination of WOSU content, PBS and NPR tools to bring results and live events to users. Nick Houser will lead this effort online and we’ll be active on social media, posting results, fun facts and more.
  • On Wednesday morning, Steve Brown and Debbie Holmes will provide 89-7 listeners complete election wrap up coverage, if it’s wrapped up by then!


    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.