Saturday, December 31, 2011

The “Public Broadcasting is…” giveaway

As you may know, Congress completed work on the final funding bill for FY 2012 last week. Included in this bill is level funding of $445 million for public broadcasting through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

WUMB receives 13% of our annual budget for our programming and operations from CPB and it would be very difficult for us to operate without this money. So, we are very grateful to both the President and Congress for their support of public broadcasting…in addition to our listeners who provide support for nearly 50% of our needed revenue each year!

While our listeners may understand, Congress is largely unaware of the importance of a music station such as ours to the community unless someone takes the initiative to let their congressperson know. WUMB has joined 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting - a project that is bringing public radio & public television stations together in a national, grassroots effort to rally the support of the 170 million Americans who watch, use public media each month. Many of our listeners already participate. You can learn more about this campaign at:

Through January 16th, the 170 Million Americans campaign is engaging public broadcasting audiences in a fun giveaway aimed at further growing the public broadcasting network. Listeners (and viewers) are being invited to submit photos of themselves, their families, their friends, their pets - whatever inspires them - along with a sign declaring what public broadcasting is... to them.  

We’d like to encourage you to participate in this celebration of ‘what public broadcasting is…”
For more information about the giveaway visit:

If you would like to send us a copy of the photo also, you can email it to

Thanks for your support over the past year. Best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

~ Pat Monteith, General Manager

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