Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: April 28, 2014

Columbus Zoo Gate

WOSU 89.7 NPR News has produced a five part series on the primary issues related to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Levy.  This is information every Franklin County voter should know before voting on May 6th. You’ll hear a story from our news team every morning this week from at 5:35 am and 7:35 am on 89.7.  Checkout these reports by reporters Mandie Trimble and Tom Borgerding online at the WOSU website as well.


    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.