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Big Bird’s kind of journalist comes to the Triangle

A current and popular talking point amongst conservative politicans and candidates these days is the remarkably shortsighted and dimwitted idea of defunding public broadcasting.

Let’s hope this cockamamie idea gets zero traction in the public policy debate.

And if you’re interested in being reminded of the kind of high quality journalism that is a trademark of public broadcasting (and maybe even showing your support for it) be sure to RSVP today for our upcoming NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation with legendary journalist and longtime PBS Frontline producer Hedrick Smith

The event is noon Tuesday, October 23 in Raleigh. Click here for more information.

Don’t miss out — seats are going fast. Hope to see you on the 23rd!

 

11 Comments

  1. Frank Burns

    October 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Why is it a dimwitted idea to eliminate federal funding for PBS? I remember PBS saying that they could operate without any federal funding. Its time for PBS to stand on its own two feet. We don’t need to continue to fund public entertainment and news, when there are private stations that offer this.

  2. gregflynn

    October 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

  3. Frank Burns

    October 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    If we can’t stop funding for PBS, then we have a serious problem in cutting anything in our budget. We can live without PBS and it is anti democratic to fund a government news source anyway. http://spectator.org/archives/2012/10/05/pbsrip

  4. gregflynn

    October 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Apparently you like free classical music radio but don’t like pledge drives. Heard any good commercial classical stations recently?

  5. Frank Burns

    October 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Yes I do enjoy Wdav classical music and I contribute. It is a listener supported station. Its time to end any taxpayer funding of PBS since we have other choices. There are many more needs with higher priorities.

  6. gregflynn

    October 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    CPB Grants and Allocations: WDAV-FM

    2011 Radio Community Service Grant $175,078
    2010 Radio Community Service Grant $173,539
    2010 Fiscal Stabilization Grant $16,299
    2009 Radio Community Service Grant $168,432
    2008 Radio Programming $50,229
    2008 Radio Community Service Grant $130,183
    2007 Radio Programming $49,850
    2007 Radio Community Service Grant $129,144
    2006 Radio Programming $57,937
    2006 Radio Community Service Grant $152,665
    2005 Radio Programming $75,344
    2005 Radio Community Service Grant $215,446
    2005 Digital $75,000
    2004 Radio Programming $60,328
    2004 Radio Community Service Grant $158,249

  7. Frank Burns

    October 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Their budget is over $2 Million. So I reckon they will have to cut back some to stay within their budget. I have full confidence that they can make it happen. They would probably have to cut some of their national programs which they subscribe to such as PBS newshours, and other National classical programs and just play the music. I can live with that.

  8. gregflynn

    October 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

  9. Frank Burns

    October 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Your post confirms my statement. They receive about 10% in federal funding. So they would have to stop paying their national fees for programs like “From the Top”, and “Performance Today” and just play the music. Sounds good to me. It is a good station and there is enough demand for classical music such that it can survive without government money. Again it is listener supported.

  10. JeffS

    October 8, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    “There are many more needs with higher priorities.”

    I would be interested in hearing your top 5.

  11. Frank Burns

    October 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Jeff, How about everything ?