There is only one television network that is capable of unbiased, un-bought reporting and that’s PBS. It’s crucial that it be supported by our government.
Each station provides invaluable substantive content for this state and surrounding areas. News, information and programming all of represent the highest of value, integrity and content worth to their audiences. There is little if any sign of political influence. As Vermonters are straightforward and look for honesty in others, so these stations provide. VPT and VPR are part of only a handful of organizations who broadcast in our area, and they both are of the highest quality. To lose them would be to lose valuable services and that would disrupt our economy and society. The media that would take their place could not measure up and the standard of living in Vermont would fail once again due to unthoughtful decisions.
Our local public television stations provide a wealth of arts and other cultural content not available on commercial stations. The news provided is also extremely important to me, especially The NewsHour, which features much more in depth reporting than is available elsewhere.
I grew up religiously watching Mr. Rogers (who I answered out loud when he asked how I was doing or what I liked) and Sesame Street. (Not to mention 321 Contact, Square 1, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego.) I got a lot from all of those shows. I think Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers taught me curiosity and compassion, as well as the fundamentals of reading, writing, and math. I’m very glad I had the opportunity to have those shows in my life. I hope we will continue to create quality TV for our children into the future. It is important to foster learning in kids, and to give them examples of how to deal with their emotions and with situations they encounter in daily life. Keep up the good work! And thank you Mr. Fred Rogers for your legacy and for your speech to Congress in 1969!
I like knowing what I watch on PBS and hear on VPR is accurate and in-depth.
Good music & thoughtful programming
When my children were growing up I felt there was safety in the program content offered by public television. I especially liked Mister Rogers because I noticed his work on television had a calming and nurturing effect on my children in contrast to other programs that were designed to get their attention.
Also our radio is always tuned to Vermont Public Radio to get the most comprehensive news coverage and talk radio.
In the week after Thanksgiving 1982, I embarked on a cross-country solo drive. Each night, around suppertime, as I fiddled with my radio dial, I kept hearing the same voices on a newscast and began to look forward to the theme song — All Things Considered. By the end of the week, I was hooked and have supported my local public radio stations ever since — including stations in the Bay Area, Metro NY, around Indiana (Bloomington, Indianapolis and Cincinnati OH) and now Vermont.
At a time when I had time on my hands, Vermont Public Radio made on-air invitations for volunteers and, again, I was hooked. Along with answering phones during pledge drives, I’ve devoted time almost every week for the past ten years to help the classical music hosts keep their extensive CD library in order. It was an easy next step to become a sustaining member.
NPR and VPR are now my main sources of news. I trust them to share the whole story in depth. I can’t always listen to other interesting programs, but am so glad VPR expanded it’s classical programming to a separate signal 24/7. (Hope other classical fans know they can listen on-line at www.vpr.net). And VPR makes our small state feel more and more like a small town! I’m not always happy with their programming choices, but like small-town democracy, it serves the needs of a wide range of people and keeps harmony (pun intended) among neighbors.
My VPR station wakes me up and I have a radio in every room tuned to VPR so I can hear it all day. I only listen to VPT if there is something on. Otherwise I listen to VPR into the night. When I’m doing something like cleaning or knitting, hearing sophisticated discussions, news reports, and/or classical/jazz music keeps me right on top of worldly events. Television coverage doesn’t get any better than NOVA or Masterpiece Theater. I love public media. It is like a welcome friend in my house.
Anything that provides a counterpoint to the mainstream media is fab in my book! Love the news, ideas, in-depth coverage. You name it.