I didn't believe this when I heard about it a couple of days ago but apparently it is true. This isn't Air America but it is a vital part of the American Media picture.
Do what you need to do.
Dear Friend of KCTS,
On Thursday, June 9, a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee voted to cut federal funding of public broadcasting by 45 percent. If passed, KCTS will lose about $500,000 of our funding for our next fiscal year, which begins July 1.
This would also curtail funding for the national Ready To Learn initiative -- meaning decreases for Sesame Street, Arthur, Reading Rainbow, Between the Lions and many other children's television programs that teach critical reading and pre-reading skills to all children, including those who don't have cable television.
Additionally, it means many public television and radio stations will not have funds to replace deteriorating or outdated broadcasting equipment, possibly hindering our ability to bring you the high-quality programming you expect from public television.
If you are concerned about the future of locally owned and operated public media, you must act now. The full House of Representatives could take action on these cuts as soon as Wednesday, June 22.
Call your Congressional Representative A national poll recently found that 76% of Americans feel their quality of life would be affected if their PBS station went off the air. Tell Congress how you would feel without KCTS in your community. A phone call is the best way to have your voice heard and make an impact in Washington, D.C. Visit KCTS.org for information or simply look up your congressional representative in the blue pages of your phone book today.
Support KCTS When our funding is challenged, we rely on viewers like you -- people who value excellence -- to demonstrate the power of public television. The sheer number of members proves that locally-owned, independent stations serve a vital role in communities across this country. We need you now more than ever.
thetyee.ca Building a Left Wing CNN: "Independent World Television will go public on June 15. The goal, as bold as it is big, is to create an alternative news and current affairs network that is, as its name implies, global in reach and free from corporate or government pressures.
The network’s success depends on changing the economics of media, with an audacious plan to raise $25 million a year made up of $50 donations from half a million people around the world. Money from business, advertisers and government will be prohibited."
From this Canadian site. Janeane Garofalo and Laura Flanders are on their advisory board. Other friends of Air America on their Advisory Board include Greg Palast, Howard Zinn, and Gore Vidal.
USATODAY.com - Carlson tied in with MSNBC: "Carlson will be joined on his new program by two regulars from different sides of the political aisle: radio talk-show host Jay Severin, a former Republican political consultant, and Air America talk-show host Rachel Maddow."
I will reserve judgement as to whether Rachel is selling out. I suspect she is not and I hope that she will have a positive effect on the left-right dialog (which of course from my persepctive means she leads more righties to the left than Tucker and Severin lead to the right).
This little piece is talking about NPR, interestingly enough. My take: "I personally suspect that the "growing audience" isn't growing quite as fast as it was because the "hardcore" is listening to Air America. I only listen to NPR during AAR commercials these days." --Earwicker
I think this piece has been around for awhile but I didn't pick up on this quote. Apparently the original article was from April 1, 2005. Maybe that was appropropriate, or maybe one of our side wrote it.
The Raw Story | Raw Radio goes on the air! Raw Radio, in cooperation with Brad Blog, is on the air and on the Internet. They are running a 4 hour show live on Saturday nights 7-11 EST with repeats at other times during the week. It's also on the Internet while the show is being aired. This is not just an Internet broadcast but is going out via satellite and can be picked up by your local station.