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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 11:46:53 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I recently saw a video online about the new studios built for North Texas Public Broadcasting's KXT (actually KKXT, sister station to KERA-FM and TV.)

As engineer for three radio stations in Houston, I WISH I had the budget to build studios like those. To say they're extravagant and overbuilt in comparison to their commercial counterparts in Dallas would be an understatement. The studio doors

It's that kind of waste that reassures me that Congress is on the right track de-funding the CPB.

- Robbie Green
(2/25/2011 10:45:52 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I for one, am sick of all the liberal clap-trap about how the big bad Republicans are picking on NPR. Get used to the real world. I manage 4 small market radio stations and have been forced to reduce staff and cut other expenses this yr due to the economy. It sucks, but it's the real world. Make a profit or cease to exist.
If the CPB has 170-mil. viewers/ listeners as they claim, then my suggestion is solicit $2.50 from each of them. That will make up more than any taxpayer shortfall. At least then the people who want your programmming will be paying for it.

- Joe Graham
(2/25/2011 10:24:40 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
If the cuts are made, then it would also be fair to end the stations' non-commercial requirement.

Now, do commercial operators want that competition? You can't have it both ways.

- Tim Coco
(2/25/2011 10:15:45 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Dear NPR Affiliate GMs:
Welcome to my world and a guide to this new experience.

There is NO MONEY; 40% of each tax $ used is BORROWED. It DOES hurt to let good people go; millions have gone before you. What makes you think you deserve immunity?

You have OPTIONS:
1. raise revenue w/ new listeners and fund raising efforts.
2. cut expense.
3. do both (hint)

Rise to the challenge or let someone else have the job. My world is tough, but you'll get used to it.

Former Tax Investor

- Richard Boekeloo
(2/25/2011 9:30:54 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or undeclared - we have to make and consider cuts to survive the economic situation we've gotten ourselves in. Not one admninistration caused this crisis single-handedly.

In the final equation, 420 is a lot of millions. If NPR has a national fan base that warrants that amount of governmental support, perhaps the listeners can pony up the money.

Speaking from the perspective of a GM of a private and independent group, I know the struggle and pain of dealing with real and proposed budget constraints.

Doing much with less is the order of the day. March with it.

- Dan DeBruler
(2/25/2011 9:26:39 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Waaaaaaaaaaaaa. Go earn your money like everybody else.
- Joe Jackson
(2/25/2011 8:22:39 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The Republican Party took over Congress this past election with their promise of Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

We now know their full nefarious intention was to break the break the backs of the American people and push them towards slavery. The cat is as one would say, out of the bag.

Cut NPR, kill unions, destroy Social Security and Medicare are just a few of the items on the agenda.

It is clear they do not represent the middle class yet, there are many that support the party.

The governor of Wisconsin takes an immediate call from someone he thought was a billionaire donor but he wouldn't take a call from the average Joe.

Now Republicans in secret are talking about a move to end minimum wage. The logic being if a person will work for a buck an hour then we sure had better learn to compete and do the same.

How long will Americans go along with this charade before they realize, the Republican Party does not have their interests at heart?

- Joe Burke

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