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I Hear It’s Pledge Week Again…

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 11:48 am

Understand, since I listen to XMPR, I no longer have to put up with pledge breaks (talk about value for “pledge” money, I not only support public radio, but get hundreds of different radio channels for only $12.95 a month, and only $6.99 for up to four additional radios), but I understand local stations are at it again.

There are two simple things you can do if you’re tired of the NPR tail wagging the public radio dog - first, subscribe to XM Satellite Radio and get boatloads of radio for less than you’d pledge to your local pubrad station. And if you want to do more, and make a statement that you’re tired of National Public Radio not paying attention to what you want, and instead doing what a few pinstripes think will get then better ratings, you can still support public radio - give your money directly to PRI then let your local public radio station know why you can’t support, through them, the NPR autocracy.

(Still not enough? There are non-affiliated pubrad stations out there…find and support one of ‘em. Just avoid supporting NPR member stations. If enough of us do this, it will send a powerful message to both local stations, possibly giving them the courage to take control of the organization they originated, and to NPR, to let them know more than 50,000 letters could that we’re tired of putting up with their nonsense.)

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