Since the early 1990s, there have been intermittent threats and rumors about Congressional plans to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting, by zeroing out the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Most of these rumors have been just that–with just a small fraction of Congress actually supporting the idea. In the past, we have not asked you to contact legislators because we have had nationwide bi-partisan support and felt confident the CPB would stand strong.
Now, we come to you because the situation has changed. The President’s administrative budget specifically recommends the elimination of funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. North Country Public Radio would lose about 13% of its annual revenues–or approximately $260,000. Around the country, public radio and TV stations would see funding losses ranging from 3-5% at larger stations to as much as 50% at small stations serving remote rural communities.
Together we have built an important information and cultural infrastructure called public radio and TV. It has been a long and deep process over the past 50 years. If we degrade the public media system now, it may take 50 years to build it back, or, we may never be able to restore this shared community asset.
What you can do:
- Call your representatives in Congress. All you have to do is express your opinion about the continued funding of public broadcasting. A phone call works best, It takes two minutes.
- Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21, R). Telephone: 202-225-4611
- Rep. John Faso (NY-19, R). Telephone: 202-225-5614
- Rep. Paul Tonko (NY-20, D). Telephone: 202-225-5076
- Rep. Claudia Tenney (NY-22, R). Telephone: 202-225-3665
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY, D). Telephone: 202-224-4451
- Sen. Charles Schumer (NY, D). Telephone: 202-224-6542
- Dig deep to support North Country Public Radio right now. We’re kicking off our spring fundraiser with this request: if you’ve given in the past, please stretch and give something more than you did last year. If you’ve never made a donation, maybe because you thought your support wouldn’t be missed, please make a gift now–every dollar is going to be essential to the station’s capacity to serve you.
- Visit ProtectMyPublicMedia and find out how you can be a part of a nationwide movement to help public broadcasting. Lots of ideas for action you can take in your community.
- Let us know you’re out there, and that you care about the well-being of this station and of stations around the country. You can send messages of support and encouragement to us at [email protected]
We’re a year away from celebrating the station’s 50th anniversary. We’ve gotten this far because of you. We are at a critical moment–our next 50 years of service will only be possible if you continue to be there for North Country Public Radio.
Thank you–from everyone at the station.