Sunday, June 19, 2005

The Man is trying to mess with my radio!

Carl Kasell and Peter Sagal prepare for Senate hearings on federal funding for public radio.

As public broadcasting experiences a new round of political attacks, it's time to sign another petition. Hopefully we won't be receiving emails about this one for the next 20 years. For all you die hard pubradio fans out there, I came across an interesting article in Current, a public broadcasting trade newspaper. It turns out that in 1967, Congress was planning to pass the Public Television Act - a bill that totally omitted funds for public radio. The article tells the behind the scenes story of how radio was lobbied for, and eventually included in the final bill that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.