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Stxer1
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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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Posted : March 12, 2015 1:31 pm
speee1dy
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my workmate loves to listen to that. i guess you have to do the podcast thing now

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Posted : March 12, 2015 1:52 pm
ms411
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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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Posted : March 12, 2015 2:00 pm
CruzanIron
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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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Posted : March 12, 2015 4:15 pm
ms411
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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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Posted : March 12, 2015 4:52 pm
CruzanIron
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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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Posted : March 12, 2015 5:24 pm
ms411
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NPR does not want government funds. Google for the history of NPR funding.

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Posted : March 12, 2015 5:42 pm
TommySTX
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When is it supposed to shut down? Was still listening to it at lunch today.

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Posted : March 12, 2015 6:20 pm
Alana33
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Here's the link to the article:
http://stthomassource.com/content/news/local-news/2015/03/11/wvgn-going-air-contemporary-format-taking-over

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Posted : March 12, 2015 6:45 pm
TommySTX
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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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Posted : March 12, 2015 7:02 pm
ms411
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At least it's not another talk radio station - for now.

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Posted : March 12, 2015 7:19 pm
vicanuck
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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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Posted : March 12, 2015 7:58 pm
gonetropo
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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.

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Posted : March 13, 2015 8:29 am
Alana33
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Thank goodness!:-)

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Posted : March 13, 2015 8:56 am
TommySTX
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Thanks for unnecessarily bringing politics into this discussion. That's just what we needed to talk about in this thread.

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Posted : March 13, 2015 11:32 am
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