How can the FCC regulate public radio to KEEP it public radio?
KUOW has signed a letter of intent to purchase KPLU, an award winning, unique, global entity with a weekly listener audience of 400,000. We, the listeners, were STUNNED to learn of this acquisition AFTER the fact. How many FCC regs does this compromise or blatantly ignore, and how can we address this to the FCC ? What can we do now? I appeal to the masses, here. It is public radio. Details of this transaction can be found on the KPLU website, including a potent letter drafted by the CAC. www.KPLU.org.
Thank you for any input!
Blaine Snow commented
KPLU is a treasure of the Pacific Northwest community for the arts, for education, for news and information. It has been publicly supported and has grown over the decades it has been in operation. It has one of the largest public listening audiences in the country and continues to operate successfully. It is unfair that it's host institution can destroy this community resource without any input from the people who support it. The are not two but three NPR news stations in our area--KUOW, KPLU, NWPR--whose broadcast areas overlap and all of them are valuable, operational, and serve our region. The argument of broadcast overlap and redundancy is ridiculous. Each of these stations serves the public in different ways. It is clear that PLU and UW are in this deal for money, not for education or public service, no matter what they say. It's a rotten, dirty, ill-conceived deal that, if it goes through, will dumb down our region. As institutions of higher education, they should be ashamed of selling out a cherished public educational service.
Luey Anderson commented
The proposed acquisition of KPLU by KUOW is ill advised. It does NOT serve the public's best interests, and is clearly not supported by the majority of KPLU listeners and supporters, or the Board of Directors. KPLU currently has a very loyal following of listeners and supporters not only locally, but due to internet access, all around the world. Many of us are speaking out against this sale, that was conceived in secret, without even the Board of Director's, or any of the very talented staff's knowledge. KPLU's focus on top quality original programming both in their news and music programs makes them one of the most popular, first-rate, and innovative radio stations in the country, and the world. Keep KPLU independent from KUOW, a lesser station. The sale to KUOW would only serve to diminish the public presence and power of this world class radio station, KPLU, as it is now!
The mass appeal of KPLU's in-depth Local NW News and Music coverage content and productions specific to KPLU 88.5 FM listeners will loose value becoming non-existent as acquisition come and go. Acquisitions has a way of diminishing returns of it's former self, viewing redundancy maybe an oversight to reduce dollar value, not increase value to it's new listening community that empowers supporters by public ownership dollars. I believe specific proof beforehand is non-evident showing what can be improved upon without non-ethical business takeaways. Lost is damaging but value paramount.