WVGN Radio gone - sold
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.
Here's the link to the article:
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.
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.
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.
"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.