“I believe the time has come to stake another claim in the name of all the people, stake a claim based upon the combined resources of communications. I believe the time has come to enlist the computer and the satellite, as well as television and radio, and to enlist them in the cause of education.” – President Lyndon B. Johnson, signing the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 into law
Media reports indicate the current administration will make cuts that will hurt non-commercial media outlets across the United States. The arts, news, culture and music audiences know and love will likely die should these drastic cuts take place. Community media and its friends nationwide must stand up now to support of the vision President Johnson forwarded more than two generations ago.
What is it?
The Hill reports the potential for sweeping budget cuts, including an end through privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Legislation has been introduced to defund CPB and to restrict federal funds given to non-commercial media. For nearly 50 years, CPB has supported high-quality programming across non-commercial radio, television and digital platforms.
CPB has been a perennial target. Ending CPB affects thousands of organizations, including many community radio stations, which have nothing to do with these debates and have no editorial power.Always:
- Be courteous and friendly.
- Be direct: Americans want non-commercial media to be preserved and expanded.
- Tell your personal story: why does community media matter to you?
- If you voted for this person, say so.
- Encourage friends, family, associates and audiences to participate.
- When visiting, ask to see your representative, or the regional director, if your representative isn’t there. Be patient and pleasant, but firm in your request.
- Make notes afterward about the response you received.
If you’re with a station, you’re welcome to use NFCB’s banner to promote efforts, with a link back to this page for Congressional lookup:
The National Federation of Community Broadcasters today launches a new campaign to protect public media, with a radio veteran leading the charge.