Some of my favorite programs are on public TV.
And public TV serves as a very important source for current events, cultural events and all the more vital source for many different subjects that commercial TV would not be capable of handling.
From morning until bedtime, I depend on WNYC radio to keep me informed and entertained. I appreciate their broad perspectives – national, international, business and metropolitan New York. The on-air personalities of Leonard Lopate and Brian Lehrer are always interesting, with knowledgeable guests and a genuine respect for the listeners who call in. Without public radio, I’m not sure what I could listen to – there is no substitute!
We awaken to PBS every single morning, and stay with it through radio or tv throughout the day.
Nowhere else can our family get more accurate, in-depth reporting on current events and important issues, can enjoy sophisticated humor, and hear stories of human experience and history that evoke a wide range of emotions. Moreover, you expose us to the arts, and give us children’s programming that imparts valuable life lessons and other skills to our youngsters through learning techniques that are fun and effective. Will we fight for you? Will we support you? Will we let our legislators know how we feel? The answer is a resounding yes. We love you PBS, a bright light in the darkness. We will not allow you to be extinguished.
Public Radio and TV constitutes the majority of my listening and viewing experiences. The timely news stories and the variety of music, art and educational material provide an enormous amount of useful and entertaining information that I don’t think I could do with out. Here in the St.Louis, Missouri area, I watch KETC, Channel 9, for its broad spectrum of programming, from “This Old House” to the BBC news. I listen to KWMU, 90.7 FM for outstanding NPR shows. Local community stations, like KDHX, 88.1 FM, for its wide variety of music, and WSIE, 88.7 FM, for its great jazz, and RAF (the Radio Arts Foundation) for wonderful classical music at 103.7 FM, provide venues for types of music that would NEVER be aired on commercial radio.
When I moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, from the Lower 48 more than 20 years ago, I discovered KUAC to be a friendly voice in a lonely place. It helped me learn what was going on locally, kept me in touch with national and international news and issues, and gave me good music to work by in the office when I got a job. Later, when I became a stay-at-home parent and mom of a newborn, it again bouyed me through some long and sometimes lonely days. These days, it keeps me informed while I drive to and from work, and while I am making dinner or catching up with housework. I am very sure that I would not have stayed well without making public radio a staple of my life. Thank you, KUAC, for all of the quality news, talk, science and music programming over the years.
My life would have huge empty voids in it without my public radio and my public television stations. I have access to two public radio stations and it is wonderful. The one I listen to the most (in fact, 24/7) has periodic news reports from NPR and then beautiful, lovely classical music during the daytime on weekdays. At night they have jazz programming and classical music all night. I am so thankful for the music that calms my days and soothes my nights. I keep up on the weather, local highway conditions and have access to the well done NPR news programming. Life is good! It all is of the highest quality.
As for public television, I would be bereft without access to Nature, NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Masterpiece Theatre, Antiques Roadshow, Rich Steves’ travel programs, the Miller Center (local talks from UVA), Bill Moyers Presents, and periodic specials like Ken Burns’ documentaries and the Barbra Streisand special. My children and my grandchildren have grown up on the children’s programming. It is educational, interesting and so helpful to the children in my life.
My life would be empty without my public radio and television. This service provides lifelong learning in areas of science and cultural programming. Our country would be the poorer if all we had were the commercial offerings. It is the obligation of our government to provide for the education, lifelong education, for its citizens. Thomas Jefferson said that (paraphrased) our democracy would not be sustainable if we did not have an educated citizenry. Hence, his emphasis on public education. I think that Jefferson would have approved heartily of public radio and television.
Iowa Public Television is an important part of my enjoyment of life. It is hugely entertaining and so educational. I support IPTV financially (small monthly donation) on my limited low-income budget. I watch IPTV daily. I adore British comedy, drama and mystery. I love watching all of the documentaries. I have learned so much about American history and world history on public TV. I rarely watch regular TV as so much of it is drivel (reality shows, gratuitous violence and ignorant sexual content) compared to the truly entertaining and educational content of public television. Please continue funding public television. I want to see the taxes I pay going toward government support of public television.
In rural Alaska, the public radio station is a part of everyone’s lives. Personal messages are read online for those who don’t have phone service or internet. We get information about the weather, the tides, the sea conditions that can keep us safe while boating. Everyone I know listens to public radio. It keeps us informed about local events and news in a way nothing else could.
I have been listening to KSMU in Springfield MO since moving here in 1990. I was a public radio listener in CA prior to that. I would be lost without it! I count on NPR more that any other source to give me up to date, accurate information on the news of the day. I count on it for background and perspective, and I trust the commentators to be informed and objective. I have been a financial supporter and a ‘booster’ for many years because I think it is the best in public or private media available to American citizens today.
I am a passionate and dedicated listener and supporter of public radio and television. With the corporate concentration of media, there is less diversity and more drama/opinion which passes as news.
I celebrate the depth of public media coverage and trust the integrity of this source. I consider it fundamental to a healthy democracy, especially in these times of fewer reporters and reduced investigative journalism.