Inside Public Radio

This newspaper story from Binghamton NY gives some interesting insights into the business of public radio, specifically NPR type programming. This NPR affiliate is revamping their two groups of licenses to what they call “single format programming”, meaning carrying news and information all day or carrying classical music all day, and not commingling them.

The nonprofit running the stations commissioned three separate studies starting in 2009 (which presumably were funded by listener contributions or perhaps CPB) that all told them the same thing – that they needed to switch to single format stations to better serve their listeners. For 10 years, they ignored the advice of their consultants.

Another interesting takeaway, not particularly surprising, is that people who listen to the news and information format are more likely to give money to the station.

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One Response to Inside Public Radio

  1. briand75 says:

    I sense I am becoming quite jaded from all this liberal/progressive falderal. I listened to the NPR stations when I was checking them for the site. I always sensed that “holier than thou” mindset and the sense of “it’s only natural to send us money – we’re doing good things” message.

    I believe I still support fairness, but I would truly not be upset if all the NPR stations dropped off the air never to return. Not very “free speech” of me, I know.

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