Protect Public Media from Funding Cuts
The only security of all is in a free press. Thomas Jefferson
A press that is free to investigate and criticize the government is absolutely essential in a nation that practices self-government and therefore depends on an educated and enlightened citizenry. The media – the press – is under hostile attack in this country, even to the point of reporters being arrested and charged with felonies for covering protests.
This is a frightening attempt to intimidate and silence the press. Much of the commercial media appear to be shrinking back, perhaps more concerned with their bottom lines than their duties to inform the public and challenge those in power.
Public and community media like KPOV are not backing down; we are not beholden to any agenda or profit-driven restrictions on our broadcasting. But public and community media do need funding to stay on the air.
The Threat to Public Media is Real
Media reports indicate the new Presidential administration plans to drastically cut funding for the arts and public media, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. There are now also two bills in the US House of Representatives to defund NPR and the CPB. The CPB funds a wide range of public television and radio stations and networks including Oregon Public Broadcasting, and many community radio and television stations.
Whoever controls the media, controls the mind. Jim Morrison.
The arts, news, culture, and music audiences know and love will likely die should these drastic cuts in federal funding take place. Though public media now gets the majority of their funding from donations, federal funding provides a critical base of support and other benefits to keep stations running. Those who love media that is committed to serving the people and not beholden to a corporate bottom line must stand up to protect this critical funding.
Stand up to Protect Public Media!
Please go to the National Federation of Community Broadcasters website to learn how to let your representatives know you stand against defunding of public arts and media and expect them to do so too. Those of you in the KPOV listening area can find your U.S. Representative’s and Senators’ contact information below. Call them; write them. Today!
Take a Stand by Supporting Community Stations, Like KPOV, Too!
Another stand you can make is to support public media like KPOV. KPOV receives no federal funding, so we are completely dependent on the support of our community of listeners. You can donate here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about volunteering.
Don’t Let Public and Community Radio Die!
Public and community media is more important now than it has ever been. Defend public media and support your local stations! Take action now!
U.S. Representatives and Senators in the KPOV listening area:
Representative Greg Walden
1051 NW Bond St., Suite 400, Bend, OR 97703
Phone: (541) 389-4408
Washington, D.C. Office:
2185 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-6730
Senator Ron Wyden:
The Jamison Building, 131 NW Hawthorne Ave., Suite 107, Bend, OR, 97703
Phone: (541) 330-9142
Washington D.C. Office:
221 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C., 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5244
Senator Jeff Merkley:
131 NW Hawthorne Ave., Ste. 208, Bend, OR 97703
Phone: (541) 318-1298
Washington D.C. Office:
313 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3753