By Brent Riley
Public Broadcasting People,
We know America is today facing unprecedented challenges and responsibilities. Public Broadcasting was created by Congress to enable citizens to be more responsible through diversity of information . . . to better balance the information mix. It not only enriches us and our culture, but informs us far better than Corporate Broascasting and empowers us to participate in the policy making processes of our democracy.
Keeping it strong, and making it even better, is an imperative. “170 Million Americans” provides an avenue to make a difference. Please review their information below and play a part to keep Public Broadcasting strong!
Listeners and contributors to WVTF, “our public radio station” have been engaged in a campaign to bring further respect for the founding mandate and bring in diversity of information. Since President Reagan’s time efforts have been underway to impede the information flow by claiming Public Broadcasting was too this or too that. Those efforts are still alive and must be overcome.
Public radio people want to be informed — very well informed. That 50 general managers aired the show and 100% kept it is evidence it meets the standards of public radio consumers. Virginians have an appetite for more news and information and do not want to live in a donut hole where Democracy Now, #1 in independent news, carried by 1,100 stations, is unavailable.
It is strong on in-depth stories and international news, the two main reasons NPR is valued. It brings in more contributions and expands audience size — especially among the youth and that is very important to reverse current trends. It stands to reason giving voice and choices to contributors in programming decisions will be good for WVTF.
Finally, it’s logical to conclude, Virginia Tech is interested in providing a Public Radio Service to this community that reflects best on that great university.
Check it out, democracynow.org.
Put your shoulder to the wheel,