I listen daily to WAMC Northeast Public Radio. It is my only source for “real” news (aside from internet phenomena), so without my daily dose of radio, I am completely disconnected from what is happening abroad or even in Washington, DC.
The stories that I hear on NPR (both real, weighty news as well as human-interest news or funny items) drive my conversation, both with people I have just met as well as with my husband. It seems I cannot carry on a conversation without throwing in the phrase, “Oh, I heard on NPR …” to which my spouse usually replies, “I know, I heard it too …” or, if I’m speaking to a new friend, referencing NPR usually bumps me up in the credibility department!
Additionally, NPR is a family addiction. I know that I will be hung up on if I try to call my mother at 6 pm on Saturday evening … How dare I interrupt Garrison Keillor!! And we try to plan our Saturday morning outings so that we can get home in time to listen to Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me … because the news is better when told in limerick form.
Without the support of Public Media I would be lost for where to turn for trusted non-biased information.
For example, and this is just one of many examples, while listening to Market Place Money on Saturday, I learned about different kinds of financial advisers. My husband and I are getting ready to retire, and we did not realize the money we were paying in hidden fees for our mutual funds. Thanks to this show, we hired a fee based financial adviser who is taking us through every step of our retirement. Thank you, again, public media!
P.S. There is no way to accurately express my appreciation for FRONTLINE on PBS.
In the late 60s & early 70s nobody knew about the alphabet soup of diagnoses we have now to understand the kids who are different. Mister Rogers understood me though. He explained everyday things and I started to understand the world around me. He was the only adult who listened and made me feel that I had value. And when the PBS logo came up it was MY initials and nobody else’s. Channel 13 was mine.
You are special. I like you — just the way you . . . were.
When I think about what you and your love for children has meant to the positive mental health of generations of kids and their parents, I am inspired. It was a rare gift. And you gave it by way of television, when television was young, and educational — later public — television was young. Such a gift! And at so little cost! For such enormous return!
Tax payer support of public television is only about a dollar a year. A buck.
You know what else you can buy for a buck?
PEEPS. Marshmallow chicks.
So. . .we can have a box of PEEPS. . . or one full year of public television. Eat a PEEP and it’s gone forever.
Give a child Mr Rogers for just one half hour, and it will have impact for a lifetime.
Mister Rogers, I like you just the way you are.
You are special.
One of the best days in my life was when PBS put on children’s programming. I was getting so frustrated with my 5 children asking for all the products being pushed on them on the commercial stations. Not only was all this gone but the PBS programs like “Mister Rogers” were so much better than most of what the other channels offered kids.
We love talking to our neighbors about public media & sweaters!
I watched MacNeil Lehrer NewsHour & Washington Week in Review as a kid with my dad.
A little family photo for Throwback Thursday.
My community is lucky enough to have an independent nonprofit radio station, and it enriches our public life in many ways. We need more public media and less commercial media. That means public support. So I am posting here to encourage everyone to support public media wherever they are.
No matter where I travel in Nebraska, NET Radio and Television are my neighbors thanks to a statewide network of transmitters that our Federal and State government joined together to build. The programs from NPR, PBS and NET inform me and challenge me to think. The support from the federal government is coupled with appropriations from Nebraska and these are combined with donations from listeners and viewers to help make NET a great neighbor and servant of Nebraska.