“Public radio is riding high,” writes devoted fan William Powers in the National Journal. “These days, my most powerful media experiences, the stuff I can’t forget, are public radio experiences.”
Ira Glass talks TV and much more with The Onion: “With a lot of shows, whatever my girlfriend is watching, that becomes my taste. I know everything that’s happening on Gilmore Girls.”
Joan Kroc’s gift to NPR ought to inspire other donors to step up rather than shy away, editorializes the Indianapolis Star.
Conservative columnist Brent Bozell informs us that NPR didn’t really need the $200 million gift from Joan “Mommy Peacebucks” Kroc. The Media Research Center also scoffs at the idea that Kroc saw NPR as “objective.”
Ken Stern, NPR’s executive v.p., tells the New York Daily News much of the income from Joan Kroc’s $200 million gift will fund programming. “We see moving from an era of limitations to an era of possibilities,” he says.
Kentucky’s Georgetown College sold public station WRVG-FM, as Current reported, but got a permit last week to start a low-power FM station, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.
PBS will add a public affairs show featuring Tucker Carlson, conservative cohost of CNN’s Crossfire, to its line-up by next June, reports Television Week and the Washington Post [scroll down].