I have enjoyed, and supported, both public radio and public television for at least the past 21 years. I grew up watching KCTS 9, and make room in my weekend for The Car Guys, A PHC, Vinyl Cafe, Wait Wait - Don't Tell Me!, This American Life, and so many other great programs. During the week, KUOW keeps me company on my way to and from work. In the evenings, I am fascinated by NOVA, inspired by Rick Steves, and hopelessly addicted to Doc Martin. There are so many more, too, like Frontline, Masterpiece Theater, Nature, and Great Performances. The list goes one. I can't imagine losing these rich and varied programs.
If you live in Washington State, this is information on contacting your representatives about helping to save NPR and PBS programming:
From the KCTS 9 site:
"February 17, 2011
CONGRESS SET TO VOTE ON CPB FUNDING—CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY!
Dear friend of KCTS 9,
This is it: Congress is set to begin voting on a proposal that would completely eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting. The Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1) would zero out funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports KCTS 9 and public television and radio stations across the country, as well as programming from PBS and National Public Radio.
By now you've heard the message: federal investment in public broadcasting amounts to just $1.35 per person each year. In return, all Americans have access to trusted news and public affairs coverage, a safe harbor of commercial-free children’s educational programming and front-row seats to world-class arts performances.
We need your urgent help to protect federal funding for public broadcasting. Please act now and take a moment to tell Congress how you feel about eliminating federal funding for public TV and radio.
WA-01: Rep. Jay Inslee 202-225-6311
WA-02: Rep. Rick Larsen 202-225-2605
WA-03: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler 202-225-3536
WA-04: Rep. Doc Hastings 202-225-5816
WA-05: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers 202-225-2006
WA-06: Rep. Norm Dicks 202-225-5916
WA-07: Rep. Jim McDermott 202-225-3106
WA-08: Rep. Dave Reichert 202-225-7761
WA-09: Rep. Adam Smith 202-225-8901
The vote is imminent—we need your voice to be heard. Call today!"
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Thanks for indulging me~