From scratch at Cape & Islands

Posted: November 4, 2012

There are now enough public radio stations to reach more than 90 percent of the American public, and pubcasters have adding specialized stations to increase listening options in areas where pubradio already exists. So it’s rare that all-new stations arise, … Continue reading

‘If we can imagine it, why don’t we do it?’

Posted: June 20, 2012

It was raining in Baltimore Sept. 23 when independent producer Jay Allison delivered his “benediction,” the traditional closing speech of the Public Radio Program Directors annual conference. The bleary, conferenced-out audience listened closely. Allison, who learned the nonfiction radio craft … Continue reading

National Public Radio Purposes, 1970

Posted: May 17, 2012

Early in 1970, Bill Siemering — one of the organizers of National Public Radio and later its first program director — put together a “mission statement” for NPR. The statement supported NPR’s request for aid from CPB and went on … Continue reading

Moyers calls for a convention to remake system

Posted: November 21, 2011

Bill Moyers, in a speech to public TV program execs in Memphis Nov. 10 [2011], compared today’s public broadcasting system to the half-baked union of the nation’s Articles of Confederation before the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.” Forty years after … Continue reading