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KSUT’s Rob Rawls interviews Colorado Senator Bennet, Thursday at 2:30
April 6, 2011, 7:32 pm
Filed under: economy, Federal funding for Public Broadcasting, KSUT news

KSUT will broadcast an interview with Colorado Senator Michael Bennet Thursday at 2:30. The Senator will join KSUT’s Rob Rawls for a conversation about the budget crisis and imminent government shutdown. We’re hoping to get his perspective on the status of funding for public broadcasting. Please join us.

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New threats to public broadcasting in the Senate – what you can do
March 30, 2011, 4:15 pm
Filed under: Federal funding for Public Broadcasting

Three amendments have been introduced in the U.S. Senate with the goal of eliminating all funding for public broadcasting. These amendments to the Small Business Act Reauthorization (S. 493) were filed by Senator Tom Coburn (OK), Senator Jim DeMint (SC) and Senator Rand Paul (KY) in an attempt to put the Senate’s position on public broadcasting on the record. We cannot allow these amendments to attract support and threaten funding vital to your local public radio and television stations.

Votes on these amendments could occur as early as this week.

In Colorado, please call Sen. Mark Udall (202) 224-5941 and Sen. Michael Bennet (202) 224-5852. In New Mexico, please call Sen. Jeff Bingaman (202) 224-5521 and Sen. Tom Udall (202) 224-6621.

When talking with your Senators or leaving a message with their staff, make these points:

• I understand that S. 493, the Small Business Act Reauthorization, has three amendments filed that would eliminate funding for public broadcasting.
• I urge the Senator to oppose these amendments and any other attempts to eliminate funding for public broadcasting.
• The majority of public broadcasting funding goes to local public radio and television stations. This essential public service is too important to eliminate.

Yours is the most important voice in the debate in Washington about the future of public broadcasting. Thank you for standing up to defend this vital public service.

For more information sign up for 170millionamericans.org.

 



NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard joins KSUT for live broadcast re: federal funding Friday at 1:00 – broadcast available online or as podcast
March 17, 2011, 6:05 pm
Filed under: Federal funding for Public Broadcasting

If you missed the broadcast, listen online here, or download the podcast.

Join KSUT Friday afternoon at 1:06 following NPR headline news for a discussion about federal funding for public broadcasting. KSUT’s Bruce Campbell and Rob Rawls will be joined by NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard for an informative conversation about efforts in Washington to defund public broadcasting.



Learn more about H.R. 1076, the bill to defund NPR and what action you can take today
March 16, 2011, 4:16 pm
Filed under: Federal funding for Public Broadcasting

March 16, 2011 – In less than 48 hours the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 1076, legislation that would prohibit NPR from receiving any federal funding and prohibit local public radio stations from using federal funding to acquire ANY radio programming.

Can you imagine your local radio station without Morning Edition, Marketplace, All Things Considered, This American Life, The Tavis Smiley Show, StoryCorps, A Prairie Home Companion, Talk of the Nation, Car Talk, On Being, The Splendid Table, or Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me?

If H.R. 1076 becomes law, many local public radio stations, particularly those in rural areas, would have difficulty continuing to provide the news, public affairs, and other high-quality programming millions of Americans rely on every day.

Even if you have recently called, this direct threat to public radio requires renewed action. Urge them to oppose H.R. 1076 when it comes to the floor for a vote this Thursday.

Here are some talking points when making your call:
– I support NPR and their programming which millions of Americans listen to every day.
– I support my local public radio station and want them to have the freedom to choose programming to best serve my community’s needs.
– I strongly urge you to oppose H.R. 1076

In Colorado call Rep. Scott Tipton: 202-225-4761

Submit an e-mail via his website: tipton.house.gov

In New Mexico call Rep. Ben Lujan: 202-225-6190

Submit an e-mail via his website: lujan.house.gov



Please act now to save public broadcasting.
March 13, 2011, 7:02 pm
Filed under: Federal funding for Public Broadcasting
Despite the events surrounding NPR this week, our challenge remains the same: protecting federal funding for local public broadcasting stations. Federal funding supports 1,300 local public radio and television stations, 21,000 local jobs and the 170 million Americans who rely on public media each month.
The House and Senate must take action to avoid a government shutdown before the current Continuing Resolution (CR) expires on March 18th. House and Senate negotiators are currently debating the next steps in keeping the government funded and the next 48 hours are a critical time for us to change the debate in Washington. Please act now!
Please take five minutes to remind your representatives how important local public radio and television stations are to hundreds of thousands of their constituents.  We need to make sure our positive message is heard that public broadcasting is vital to hundreds of millions of Americans – a public service that is too important to eliminate.
Please call your representatives in Washington and ask them again to support public broadcasting:
Your Senior U.S. Senator
(202) 224-3121
Your Junior U.S. Senator
(202) 224-3121
Your U.S. Representative
(202) 224-3121

If you prefer to send emails to your representatives, click here.
Thank you for your continued engagement and support! Together we will protect the future of public broadcasting!
Sincerely,
The Staff and Board of Directors of KSUT Public Radio.


Please contact your Senators today in support of public broadcasting
February 24, 2011, 8:52 pm
Filed under: Federal funding for Public Broadcasting

As you know, last Saturday the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1), which eliminates federal funding for public broadcasting. Early next week, the Senate will begin work on their version of the bill and it is critical that they hear how important public broadcasting is to their constituents.

In Colorado: Please call Sen. Mark Udall at (202) 224-5941 and Sen. Michael Bennet at (202) 224-5852; in New Mexico, please call Sen. Jeff Bingaman at (202)224-5521 and Sen. Tom Udall at (202)224-6621.  Tell them that public broadcasting funding is too important to eliminate.

Federal funding is critical for public broadcasting, allowing local public radio and television stations to provide educational services, in-depth news and public affairs programming, and world-class cultural content. Without the investment of this funding, many public radio and television stations across the country will be forced to go off the air.

It is now up to the Senate to restore funding for what the Roper Poll has found for seven straight years to be Americans’ most-trusted source of news and information, and considered the best use of federal funding after national defense.

Please contact your Senators now and tell them to oppose cuts to public broadcasting funding and urge your friends and family to contact their Senators and join 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting.

Thank you for your continued support. Your voice is making a difference.



House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, eliminating federal funding for public broadcasting. Let’s not give up!
February 19, 2011, 7:01 pm
Filed under: Federal funding for Public Broadcasting

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1 early this morning (2/19), which eliminates federal funding for public broadcasting. This is a blow to public radio and television stations across the country and the 170 million Americans who tune in every month.

But we are not giving up.

You have already had a powerful impact in Washington. We heard directly from Members of Congress that the hundreds of thousands of calls and emails in support of public broadcasting have created momentum that may yet save federal funding for this vital public service.

Now the bill heads to the Senate. Send a clear message to Washington: Funding for public broadcasting is too important to eliminate.

What can you do today? Please reach out to your friends and family and encourage them to sign up at 170MillionAmericans.org and at Facebook.com/170Million over the coming week. This is going to be a marathon and we will need as many supporters as possible to prevail in the end.