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WVGN Radio gone - sold

Stxer1
March 12, 2015 10:31AM

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Another loss for the VIs, our only NPR radio station. Sold to make way for yet another blah music station clone.

I spent many good hours listening to the intelligent and entertaining NPR shows. No more.

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speee1dy
March 12, 2015 10:52AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,600

my workmate loves to listen to that. i guess you have to do the podcast thing now

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ms411
March 12, 2015 11:00AM

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They used to get sponsorship from Dockside Bookstore on STT, but that store went out of business years ago. I never heard of anyone stepping in to sponsor local NPR.

Thank goodness for the internet.

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CruzanIron
March 12, 2015 01:15PM

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I wonder why the GVI will fund PBS locally but not NPR?

I can't even get PBS over the air because their signal is too weak.

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ms411
March 12, 2015 01:52PM

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PBS gets federal funds whereas NPR does not. I can get PBS without cable or dish. You need the right antenna, I think.

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CruzanIron
March 12, 2015 02:24PM

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I am on STX, I have the best OTA antenna and booster.
I can see Blue Mountan and Mt. Washingington from my house.
PBS also gets funds from the GVI.
They should also fund NPR to be fair, or fund neither.

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ms411
March 12, 2015 02:42PM

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NPR does not want government funds. Google for the history of NPR funding.

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TommySTX
March 12, 2015 03:20PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 216

When is it supposed to shut down? Was still listening to it at lunch today.

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Alana33
March 12, 2015 03:45PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,981

Here's the link to the article:
[stthomassource.com]

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TommySTX
March 12, 2015 04:02PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 216

Thanks for the link. That's just sad in so many ways. There goes my source for most news. Guess, I'll be downloading more podcasts to listen to while driving around.

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ms411
March 12, 2015 04:19PM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 3,511

At least it's not another talk radio station - for now.

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vicanuck
March 12, 2015 04:58PM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 2,285

I watch the PBS shows I like through my Roku and get my NPR fix from Sirius XM satellite radio's internet service. I can listen to it in my car using the Sirius Android app. It was very difficult at the best of times to get good reception of 107.3 on STX.

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gonetropo
March 13, 2015 05:29AM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 427

And what source did you acquire that information from because it is totally wrong!

PBS and NPR got $445 million from the government in 2012—or about 0.014 percent of the federal budget.

it's worth noting that the government doesn't actually give money directly to PBS or NPR. Instead, Congress funds the Corporation on Public Broadcasting, which in turn divvies up the money according to formula. A big chunk goes to TV programming, with the rest going to 581 local television and radio stations around the country.

And the reason this 'could' be an issue is that we all fund NPR and not necessarily by choice.

If you walked through an NPR newsroom and took a poll on political affiliation, you would find that like most newsrooms, there are primarily Democrats on staff and these journalists in general tend to skew liberal, and at NPR, it might be fair to say they do so even more than most.

Most good, post-modern educated journalists will admit that even tho they try and be objective, there is a cognitive level of bias that is unavoidable and creeps into their work, and there are occasions where they can't help but be passionate about issues that are clearly partisan in nature. Which is to say, there is a liberal bias at NPR.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/13/2015 05:46AM by gonetropo.

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Alana33
March 13, 2015 05:56AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,981

Thank goodness!happy

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TommySTX
March 13, 2015 08:32AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 216

Thanks for unnecessarily bringing politics into this discussion. That's just what we needed to talk about in this thread.

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ms411
March 13, 2015 01:42PM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 3,511

I am a local PBS member. It's a bargain compared to cable, and more interesting programming. We need more local support for these stations so we have options.

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Alana33
March 14, 2015 08:21AM

Registered: 6 years ago
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NPR Station Could Continue on WVIE

BY MOLLY MORRIS — MARCH 13, 2015

WVGN 107.3 FM will go off the air Sunday, but it may not be taking National Public Radio with it, as reported Wednesday.

The new owner of the station, Robert Watkins, president and CEO of WHPR TV33 / FM88.1 in Detroit, said Friday that he is in negotiations with NPR, and he intends to keep some NPR programming.

"There are no promises at this point,” Watkins said, but he has reconsidered his previous decision to drop the programming after getting feedback on NPR’s popularity in the territory.

His new station, WVIE, Virgin Islands Entertainment, "is a commercial, for-profit station,” Watkins said, "but we can still carry not-for-profit programming, though not 24 hours. We will carry the programming the public supports. We don’t have the license or know the dollar amount NPR wants yet, but I’m willing to put my neck on the line to be of service to the community with sponsorship, membership or whatever we can come up with, I’m more than willing.”

He said he was still in talks with NPR Friday. "We need to get the satellite hookup,” he said.

Watkins said in the meantime, he will carry jazz and some talk shows when the change takes place after Sunday.

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gonetropo
March 14, 2015 04:49PM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 427

That's because all of us are paying for YOUR programming.
Not saying it is not interesting, just that they can fund themselves if people like you were paying for it. Right?

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gonetropo
March 14, 2015 05:01PM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 427

Quote
TommySTX
Thanks for unnecessarily bringing politics into this discussion. That's just what we needed to talk about in this thread.


The word 'Liberal' has many more meanings than just a political ideology. Have a look at Webster's!

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MissJustice
March 15, 2015 07:24AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 548

NPR had an intelligent bias. Not a liberal bias. Unless you associate being liberal with being intelligent.

A huge loss for the VI if we lose NPR. I wish I had donated more often and that I had known they were in trouble.

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CruzanIron
March 15, 2015 08:15AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,388

NPR isn't in trouble. It's just that the new station owners may chose a new format that excludes NPR, but it is not written in stone as yet.

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pt
March 15, 2015 08:23AM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 162

Always got a weird feeling listening to NPR on St. Croix; like hearing a broadcast from Mars, having no relevance to life on the island. Island talk shows are at least grounded in real life issues here.
Another thing needed is our own classical music station besides the one in Puerto Rico, which has its faults but is better than nothing.

PT

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OldTart
March 15, 2015 08:30AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 6,524

NPR may not be lost:

[stthomassource.com]

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Alana33
March 15, 2015 09:38AM

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Spartygrad95
March 15, 2015 10:10AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 1,885

"Most good, post-modern educated journalists will admit that even tho they try and be objective, there is a cognitive level of bias that is unavoidable and creeps into their work, and there are occasions where they can't help but be passionate about issues that are clearly partisan in nature. Which is to say, there is a liberal bias at NPR."

Reality is spelled REALITY not BIAS.

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