Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: January 30, 2014

New Ohio State President Michael Drake

New Ohio State President Michael Drake. Photo: UC Irvine

WOSU will have live coverage this afternoon from the OSU Longaberger Alumni House of the historic naming of a new President.  Coverage begins at 4 pm of the OSU Board of Trustees meeting and the appointment of the 15th President in Ohio State’s 143-year history.

Dr. Michael Drake, current Chancellor at the University of California – Irvine, is expected to be named.

WOSU will provide:

  • Live TV Coverage beginning at 4:15 pm on WOSU OHIO – The Ohio Channel hosted by Mike Thompson with OSU Professor Tim Gerber
  • 89.7 NPR News coverage of the remarks from the new President
  • Live webstream of the TV coverage starting at 4:20 pm on wosu.org

WOSU is also providing satellite uplink services to the University so stations across the country can tune in and use portions of the announcement for their local newscasts.


    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.