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The Tally Ho

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Public Radio

Is It Local Anymore?

A lot has been made of Bob Edwards being released from his duty as host of NPR’s Morning Edition after 25 years. Many people seem angry about it, and I have read that if Cokie Roberts or Juan Williams ends up as Edwards replacement, they will no longer donate to their public radio station. I defended donating to your local public radio station because NPR is not just Morning Edition or All Things Considered. It also is Car Talk, On the Media, Thistle and Shamrock, Tavis Smiley, Wait Wait, and much more. My station, WNYC, also carries BBC Radio’s World News Today, and programming from Public Radio International. Locally, the Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate shows are two of the best talk format programs on the air. If you are upset about NPR replacing Edwards, still donate, but attach a note about how you do not want to support Morning Edition, or the commercial underwriting of programs. Don’t take out your frustration of NPR on Brian Lehrer or Leonard Lopate.

This made me realize again that public radio is not local radio. Aside from the local news updates, the Lehrer and Lopate shows, and a few others, the station carries a lot of syndicated programming. Unless I happen to be home, I listen via the internet at work. Live streaming allows Lehrer and Lopate available not just nationally, but world wide. Thus, as more public radio stations offer their programs on the web, including archived programming, users can hop from station to station looking for the program they are interested in at that moment. While I doubt it will happen (or maybe I don’t want to think about it), will we see public radio consolidate? Perhaps maybe someone will be inventive enough to create a website that provides links to local public radio personalities and their archives on the web.

As far as links, check out today’s Brian Lehrer interview with Bill Moyers. Moyers is retiring this year, and made an interesting comment about about there are 2500 less reporters today than 10 years ago. He also gives his opinion on the double standard of that exists for liberal journalists. Also check out Mr. Lehrer's interview with Paul Rieckhoff, the National Guardsman that gave the DNC radio address two weeks ago. While you are at it, check out this special Culture Storm: Life and Politics in the Election Year. And my last link is a burried post by Nick, Bombs over Baghdad = Bombs over Europe, that i wanted to read again.


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