We as seniors are so grateful for the balanced journalism and educational programming which have enriched and enlarged our lives for many years. Both public radio and public television have been our windows to the world. We could not name any particular programs as there are just so many. Current events, science, music, art, British television, news, nature, woodworking, sewing, cooking, health, finances, history — too many to name – - education on all aspects of life has been delivered to our lives and provided us with invaluable information. These educational opportunities have in turn helped us to be more intelligent and responsible citizens. Public media is a service to our citizenry which we consider essential in the 21st century with the tremendous “dumbing down” of society which is taking place, in addition to the biased reporting of information from many private sources. Our lives would be greatly diminished without affordable public media.
Whether it is one of the two public radio stations or one of the two public TV stations which I receive, that is about all I listen to or watch.
There are programs which make me think and laugh, and classical and jazz music to listen to. What else can I want?
Public broadcasting has been around all my life. I grew up with my friend introducing me to the British show, Mr. Bean. As I got older I enjoyed watching insightful programs like Nova. Currently I love to watch Frontline.
I grew up learning with PBS, and I want my children to grow up and expand their minds the way I did. Public media is an important resource for not only the ordinary citizen but those who cannot always access the vast intelligence that the internet has to offer. Even now it offers tools for my life, how to live it and how to make it easier. It is a staple of life.
I support my local PBS/NPR broadcasters for one dominant reason: the accuracy of the news presented by these stations. Several years experience have taught me that if an important news worthy event is happening the best place to receive an accurate real time assessment is my local public broadcast stations, radio or television.
My experience with the commercial outlets has been not as trustworthy – sometimes their reporting is just plain wrong. Further the occasional stories are chosen with a great deal of care. I have the impression these stories are integral to the news broadcast unlike the commercial media which use such stories as filler. Using my local public media outlets makes the time and money I invest well worth the effort.
Life without public radio would be like a day without sunshine. It always brightens my day.
When I was freshly graduated from college and moving to my new hometown in rural Alaska, I decided it was time for me to reach out and connect myself with my community. My mom had once taken me and my brother to volunteer at a public radio phone drive, so I decided to reach out to our community radio station.
I quickly became involved in the community advisory board, then an on-air music program volunteer, and eventually a board member. That was more than 15 years ago. As I’ve become the citizen I am, I’ve done so alongside public radio. I go there for community, connection, news, music, culture, and to find out about the things that make this world a troublesome, wondrous place. Public radio ties me to my community and the world. It’s the glue for a connected citizenry.
As much as I am interested in world news and big events, nothing hits home like the local news. From severe weather to school board elections, interviews with the mayor and news about a new trail finished for walking and hiking, local news covers content that relates individuals and families to their community.
A sense of home is very important for children and adults alike, and home is not just one’s house or apartment, it is the ‘stuff’ that goes on in the immediate world that surrounds us. Relating to it, culturally, emotionally, and intellectually also teaches us responsibility: we are in charge of this place, we can make a difference.
Local news IS THE DIFFERENCE: it binds us together and reminds us to get involved. There is no functioning democracy without local news!
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.