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New York GM Says "Radio Jobs Will be Lost if Congress Cuts CPB Funding"

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(2/25/2011 8:00:16 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content

Give it a break. I am not biased. My only intention with the opening was to point out that Public Broadcasting has been down this road before. Nothing more. Nothing less.

The entire piece points out how these stations would be damaged. A Republican congressman would probably call it a love fest for NPR affiliates.

Perhaps you should be a little less defensive.


- Ed Ryan
(2/25/2011 7:33:12 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Jobs HAVE been lost for about 10 years now because NPR and Public Radio were the first of the bunch to spend millions and millions of their tax payer funding on HDTV and Digital Radio upgrades, at the same time setting the standards for multicasting and interference on the radio dial. The dumping of the original TV High Def plan with superior quality and the introduction of Radio's claimed In Band On Channel digital format struck both spectrums with marginal 'upgrades' and jobs were elimated to cover the costs in every market in America.

Far more jobs have been lost thus far due to stolen budgets for training, programming, marketing and engineering because this horrible goof with proprietary fee based and rights based digital formats and the giverment's "Hands Up" approach to allowing the transition that fits so well into the broadcaster's following the Tax-supported Public broadcasting like sheople into this cavern of modified, error corrected sets of schemes now appearing and being heard across the Greatest Nation complete with the add-ons and excuses for spectrum selling and Mobile TV attachments. You asked for it (or somebody did) and You Got It!

- jerry smith
(2/25/2011 7:28:30 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
As evidenced in his opening statement, Mr. Ryan's comments are obviously biased; we are not scripted. If Mr. Ryan had taken the time to dig deeper and look at markets smaller than three million persons and deep into the heart of Public Broadcasting, into markets like mine in southern Indiana, he would see that we rely on CPB funding for 30% to 60% of operating budgets. For this, Public broadcasting offers services commercial stations would not touch with a ten foot pole. My station, for example, provides the only Spanish language programming available in the southern half of the state.

I am sure he would say to sell more underwriting. We don't want to take money from the local commercial stations We don't do this for a profit; we do it as a service. Would the commercial stations of the word step up to the plate and offer what is lost when we no longer exist? I've got a bridge for you if you believe that.

The services offered by many public stations are not replaceable by commercial stations because there is no profit in it. The services offered by many public stations are one of a kind in their market area. But, most important to the American public is that the services offered by many public stations in your area will no longer be available and there will be many dark frequencies because we are offering a service, not for money, but for the public interest. Isn't that what broadcasting is supposed to be about?

- Phillip Smith

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