with Annie O'Dea Hestbeck

Stand Up for Public Media!

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In 1967, Congress passed the Public Broadcasting Act, with a specific goal of bringing quality media to all citizens of the U.S.  Over the past 50 years, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has distributed federal funds to non-profit radio and television stations and has succeeded in expanding critical media accessibility to 98% of the country.  The United States has a long history of providing infrastructure to rural areas to allow them to benefit from the same level of services as urban centers, including instructional, educational and cultural programs such as those offered by public broadcast stations.

The current White House budget proposal eliminates all funding for public broadcasting.  Without this critical funding, CPB predicts that the public broadcast system we currently enjoy will unravel.  KVMR relies, in part, on this source of funding and without it would not be able to continue to provide the same level of local programming currently offered (nor would hundreds of similar stations across the U.S.).  If you find value in KVMR’s ability to provide 24/7 coverage of local emergencies – fire, flood, weather – its live broadcasts of local musical events and important town hall meetings, and its open platform for community members to share their news and cultural offerings, please make your voice heard.

What you can do:  Call your Congressional representatives and let them you support continued funding for public broadcasting or visit http://protectmypublicmedia.org/act/ to send your support via email.  It’s important that you stand up NOW for this treasured community resource.

While we work every day to produce new goods and to create new wealth, we want most of all to enrich man's spirit. That is the purpose of this act.”  ~Lyndon Johnson, while signing the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967