Public television was my first teacher. When I was a kid, it was what taught me about nature and science and art. I’d even watch the cooking shows even though I was too young to hold a knife.
I was able to get ahead in the world because public programming gave me that head start.
I resolve to fight for public TV and radio because for most of my life I have depended on them for news and entertainment. While I was the caregiver for my mother during her final years, public TV was her joy. She planned her days around her favorite shows. The picture I posted is of her. Please don’t take this precious resource’s vital funding away!
Public television educates, informs, inspires me. It is easy to access. It is broad based and truthful. It stimulates imagination, endeavor, and spirit. It is perhaps the best means of education for many citizens. An educated public is a major element in the success of our nation and our world.
Public media stations inform, educate & inspire Americans through essential local programming & services. I wish to have my elected officials support these public media through the continued financial support through sustained financial support.
I support public radio because it doesn’t obscure its programming with commercial messages. An hour of my public radio content is 99% carefully prepared music or information. I learn while listening.
I live in the hinterlands of the West, where the Cowboy is King; where we wear Justin boots, Stetson hats, chinks over our Wranglers and jingle-bobs on our spurs. But I wouldn’t know a hijab from a chador if not for public radio, or know about the horse riders of the Mongolian steppes or Argentine pampas, or about people starving in Burundi and Chad, or know about the universe of the stars and atoms, or about new ideas and fresh conversations, or know the Israeli Knesset from the Japanese Diet, or know the different judicial perspectives between Merrick Garland and Neil Gorsuch? How could I be an engaged woman in my neighborhood or in the world without public radio? How could I make an informed decision? I couldn’t.
I listen to public radio, KSKA, all day every day. Why? Because I can count on them to keep me up to date on current events in an honest and unbiased way. There is no other option I have found that will afford me that opportunity, and I am thankful for each and every member of their staff: reporters, journalists and STATION. Wherever I go, I look for public radio for the same reason. You get what you pay for!
I depend on PBS to bring me in-depth news coverage on a wide variety of issues. That is perhaps the most important thing PBS does. And especially in a crisis, I want to know what PBS has to say about it.
It is also true that I absolutely count on PBS for their high-quality entertainment and cultural events. When I had a full-time corporate position, I did support PBS when I could. But my corporate job went away shortly after 9/11, and in spite of my best efforts, it never came back. PBS keeps me connected to my world in a way I find absolutely essential, and it encourages me to try new things. This is one of the very best resources we have, and it needs to be funded generously to enrich all citizens regardless of their income.
I count on PBS Newshour to present topics in a calm and informative way. PBS always finds 2 people to speak to both sides of the issue. Even when I think there can only be one rational side, they do the best job of finding experts to speak in opposition.
Two very other important features of the Newshour are the amount of time they devote to discussions and the integrity of their journalists.
I find other PBS programming to be priceless! Before I had cable TV, I was watching cooking shows on PBS. Programs like Nova and Nature are not like any other.
My local PBS station, WKNO in Memphis, is in my top three charities to support. It provides access to arts, culture, history, science, drama and unparalleled children’s programming. PBS is a national treasure and cannot be duplicated by any cable or commercial station.