Archive for Thursday, February 9, 2012

Public broadcasting dealt setback in House Appropriations Committee

Cordelia Brown, operations manager at KANU, 91.5 FM radio, works her classical music programming shift at the Lawrence Kansas Public Radio studio in this 2005 file photo. A divided House Appropriations Committee on Thursday rejected $800,000 sought by public broadcasting.

Cordelia Brown, operations manager at KANU, 91.5 FM radio, works her classical music programming shift at the Lawrence Kansas Public Radio studio in this 2005 file photo. A divided House Appropriations Committee on Thursday rejected $800,000 sought by public broadcasting.

February 9, 2012


— A divided House Appropriations Committee on Thursday rejected $800,000 sought by public broadcasting.

The motion to remove the funding request deadlocked 10-10 and then Appropriations Chairman Rep. Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, broke the tie and voted to kill the funds.

Gov. Sam Brownback's budget proposal for the fiscal year that starts July 1 included $600,000 in state general funding for public broadcasting, which is a cut from current funding of approximately $2 million. A House budget subcommittee added $800,000 to Brownback's proposal of $600,000, bringing the total to $1.4 million.

But the full Appropriations Committee action removed that $800,000, bringing the funding level back to Brownback's original $600,000.

"It doesn't say government radio, it says public radio and I think it's time the government get out of public radio," said state Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane.

State Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, said voting against the funding was one of the tough decisions legislators had to make to be "real fiscal conservatives."

State Rep. Peggy Mast, R-Emporia, said with all the funding needs on the state and national level, legislators needed to re-prioritize.

But several western Kansas legislators said that their constituents depended on public radio and public television. And other legislators said that public television, with its emphasis on early learning and children's programming, was a service to the state.


Hooligan_016 5 years ago

Why does the KS legislature hate classical music?

kochmoney 5 years ago

Same reason they hate rural Kansas.

TinmanKC 5 years ago

Cable "news" like Fox does not seek to inform, just scare. That's what their advertisers want. After all, their fear sells gold coins - one of the top advertisers. And when they bring on a liberal or progressive voice to be able to say they are "fair and balanced," it's the most off the wall talking heads they can pay.

tolawdjk 5 years ago

"State Rep. Anthony Brown, R-Eudora, said voting against the funding was one of the tough decisions legislators had to make to be "real fiscal conservatives.""

Like it is some kind of schlong waiving contest.

""It doesn't say government radio, it says public radio and I think it's time the government get out of public radio," said state Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane." We should all plan ahead and make sure we have Cirus to listen to when we have to change out a raped tire with our spare.

johnwoods 5 years ago

rockchalk1977 must not listen to public radio. It is the only balanced news out there. They tell the good, the bad and the ugly of all political factions. You must listen only to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

Michael LoBurgio 5 years ago


Does brownback or the koch brothers PAY YOU TO POST?

thebigspoon 5 years ago

What, you count the posts of those who (rightfully) disagree with you? Wow, rc, that's just the silliest comment I've seen in a long time. Do you have anything to say that upholds your point or do you simply act like the Kansas Republican party and go on your merry way without justification or factual basis? Just, wow.

Orwell 5 years ago

Come on, Appropriations Committee – you'll have to do much better than that. Dave and Charlie won't even notice a piddling $800K extra in their pockets. They'll think it's a rounding error.

Jan Rolls 5 years ago

This is the worst governor and legislature in the history of kansas. They don't want to do one thing to help the public but they have plenty of money to hire idiots from florida and pay consultants.

coloradoan 5 years ago

And add to that the amount we're spending on nonsense litigation (either challenging rules other states are already paying to challenge or defending our Legislature's own bad legislation). And the $31 million handed back to the Feds. And so on ...

Ken Lassman 5 years ago

This is pretty much the same mentality as shuttering the Arts Commission: pure ideology without any acknowledgement that who will pay the highest price is the small town and rural folks across the state. As per usual, folks in the major metropolitan areas will find a way to support the public radio and TV, but drive out into "Radio Kansas" parts of the state and the repeater stations and the folks who listen to that amazingly good radio all day will be cut off.

You can blame Brownback for starting this, but unlike the Arts debacle, the entire Republican party is equally at fault here. How many of those yahoos were OK with that communistic thing called Rural Electrification? How many folks voted for using public dollars to create incentives for folks to remain in small towns, or to create incentives for health professionals to move there?

Cutting off their noses to spite their faces. Really sad.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 5 years ago

Brownbeak no doubt needs those funds for entertaining legislators and legislative possibilities.

Ken Lassman 5 years ago

You mean subversive things like in-depth reporting about the legislature, more than 30 second sound bites about complex topics like the European debt crisis, the middle east, the arab spring, and (shudder!) the science of climate change?

Then there's that really subversive stuff called Sesame Street and Nova and the like on Public TV.

Just this morning, I heard a piece on Kansas Public Radio that is broadcast weekly called Story Corp, where they record people all over the country about the stories of their lives, and they featured a woman who sold her home to pay for the breast cancer surgery she needed and she fell in love with the man who rented her a house. She eventually died, but before she did, the new couple "conspired" to get their respective kids together, and they, too fell in love and got married.

Really subversive, communist propaganda, uh huh.

progressive_thinker 5 years ago

Watch it there, the country will undoubtedly decay into anarchy if we keep spewing that Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Handel, and other communist propaganda.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

It's post like these (and many others) that make me think that you're just a parody of Fox News, not a parrot.

kochmoney 5 years ago

I think it's cute that you think we like MSNBC.

gudpoynt 5 years ago

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Centerville 5 years ago

Why isn't it investigating ways to make its own way? It could sell podcasts and internet acess memberships. There appears to be a big market out here. Why is it the only radio that always has its tin cup in the taxpayers' faces?

johnwoods 5 years ago

By not relying on advertisers for support they are free to report the truth and both sides of issues. Right wingers should understand...this is one of the reasons Glen Beck's show was let cancelled by Fox wasn't it...the advertisers complained.

WilburNether 5 years ago

Isn't it fun to hear the little piggies squeal when the spigot pouring taxpayer dollars into the public trough for their entertainment is turned off!

There is no justification whatsoever for taxpayer dollars to pay for "public" broadcasting. The people who want it can pay for it themselves.

Ken Lassman 5 years ago

Are you even listening to the rural/small town access issues? Do you think they should pay entirely for all rural roads, electric lines, small town sewage plants, etc.? There is a social contract that citizens understand that in exchange for concentrating the wealth of the countryside, cities use some of that wealth to support the countryside. Just as you would have to deal with the raw sewage downstream from a small town who can't afford to build a sewage treatment plant, you'll have to deal with the ignorance of folks who never raise their awareness out of their own self interests if they don't have access to in-depth treatment of issues facing folks around the world.

Next time you're in "flyover" country, turn your radio to Radio Kansas and you'll find out that it's not nearly as awful as you seem to think it is. You might even learn a few things.

johnwoods 5 years ago

I don't see this as an issue about entertainment. Its about unbiased news reporting. Is Brownback is trying to stifle any true stories about Koch Brothers?

Tracy Rogers 5 years ago

"It doesn't say government radio, it says public radio and I think it's time the government get out of public radio," said state Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane.

And just who does Pete think makes up the government?

mr_right_wing 5 years ago

$800,000 for RADIO? That is obscene.

Cut they're funding completely put it into education or some other worthy cause. There are a multitude of radio stations out there who do just fine without one cent of our tax dollars.

Looks like KPR can no longer afford their (elitist) non-commerical status, get out on those streeds and sell some ads!! (Or I suppose to put it more politely...get yourselves a whole lot more 'underwriters'!)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

I agree-- we should only have commercial radio (on the public airwaves) with screaming DJ's and commercials that insult your intelligence (if you have any) because that's how mr_right_wing likes it.

MarcoPogo 5 years ago

"Cut they're funding completely put it into education"

Post of the Day!

johnwoods 5 years ago

Is the only thing the right thinks of the commercial value of things? Does it not matter about getting unfiltered news and information?

machiavelli 5 years ago

That lady in the picture is kinda hot.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

So is it now your appointed task to seek out stupid comments and see if you can say something even stupider?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

Maybe admin has started to remove posts that are below a certain level of stupidity.

The flaw in that theory is that you have so many posts that haven't been removed yet.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

I see you're in a "stupid comment" competition with math now.

yourworstnightmare 5 years ago

This is a move that is going to really hurt rural western Kansans. KPR will be fine, but High Plains Public Radio affiliates in Kansas will likely suffer greatly due to a smaller donor pool.

number1jayhawker 5 years ago

Everybody wants lower taxes, a quality school system and a smoother running government, but no one wants any of their "special" programs have the fat cut off of them.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

There is no fat in public radio. This is intended to silence information sources so that the only options are the propaganda machines of far right, not to "cut the fat."

bradb 5 years ago

Nice going Anthony Brown. You and your fellow right wing dogmatists have done your part to remove about the only culture access enjoyed by rural kansans.

jjt 5 years ago

Hang on a mo, there is good news. KLWN 1320 News and Talk of Lawrence is still here broadcasting local, regional and national content. Local with Kim, Hank, Brian, Jeremy , John, Warner and gang. Still here, yes, and very public, KLWN celebrates its 61st Birthday shortly. Local with Arden Booth keeping Lawrence and the surrounding area aware of the 1950's flood, to International breaking news with Jeremy. How many interviews have Hank and Kim done over the years perhaps Political to a story maybe about a local family. Brian and the KU sports. Then there are the two sister stations, Kiss 105.9 top hits and of course the Bull for the country listeners. Public radio may be sort of free of ads but our stations of whom I am very proud to be a small part do not cost the listener anything and we do the local and regional stuff and better, particularly now.
Jeremy Taylor ... a personal post

Ken Lassman 5 years ago

It's all good: go for it, KLWN and family; I like the direction it seems to be going. And go for it, too, public radio! For that matter, student radio, for all its flaws is damn good, often unfettered and unfiltered. And I hope the micro radio station plans finally get off the ground.

bradb 5 years ago

Right, and it's affiliated with Fox (Fixed) news and all the lying poison which comes with it.

Richard Payton 5 years ago

Mozart,Tchaikovsky,Dvorak and other classical musicians can be heard on CD's for less than $800,000.00.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

That's not all that's on public radio and teevee, and perhaps if you turned off the Rush, Fox, the WWF and Monster Trucks occasionally, you'd know that.

frank mcguinness 5 years ago

This is the problem that conservatives have created for themselves. They drew a line in the sand with their fiscal conservatism so for guys like Marc Rhodes or Anthony Brown who can listen to radio in both Hutch or KC/Lawrence respectively have no issues cutting funding for services that are WAY MORE IMPORTANT to the folks in ULTRA RURAL Kansas where the next closest radio station may be well outside the range where it can be received.

streetman 5 years ago

You mean the sanity of spending money we don't have on things we don't need? We FINALLY have a governor with the gonads to tell us "you can't have it all," and is doing something about it. What are you doing to help?

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years ago

Public broadcasting, just like the arts can compete in the market place. Funding them with tax dollars, no matter which side of the fence you subscribe to, is wrong. Tax dollars should not be used to compete with small business. I personally love NPR and what they provide, but from a pure whats good for the country point of view, have to side with the State on this one.

Good business breeds good business, funded entities are just there. Anyone care to look at what the Station Director at each individual NPR studio makes a year vs the average privately owned radio or TV station? How about taking a tour and looking at the equipment in both. You will see that the businessman has to do with what he can piece together in most cases, and the public funded places have the best of the best at the taxpayers expense.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

The trend in private radio is conglomeration. The mom and pop stations you describe are fewer and farther between all the time as the big media corporations use their market power to buy up more and more licenses and bandwidth on the public (in theory) airwaves.

In most communities these days, if you want to find local content, you'll more likely find it on a public station, whether it's an NPR affiliate or a community station.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years ago

And you are saying that NPR is a mom and pop station. No wonder you have very little credibility in here.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

Well, no, I didn't say that. But it's certainly closer to one than any Clear Channel station is.

pace 5 years ago

This was killed by committee. It is another blow by Brown/koch to denigrate education. Less bucks for the kids more for the "job creators" .

Ken Lassman 5 years ago

Um, Air America is gone--for a couple years, now, so what's your point? The idea behind public radio and TV is to provide in-depth coverage of topics, not just the usual advocacy slanted garbage or the 30 second sound bites, whether they be liberal or conservative.

And are you saying that scandals only happen to "liberal" media sources? Tell that to Rupert Murdock--his cell phone tapping news gathering methods are about as totalitarian as I've seen in recent decades and certainly more egregious and threatening to privacy rights of individuals than a questionable financial deal.

Terry Sexton 5 years ago

The government should fund public broadcasting even more. The American people deserve this conduit to such a wealth of knowledge. The value is virtually limitless what with instructional programming, art, hobbies, drama, music, comedy & in-depth news coverage. Are the networks or even the subscription channels gonna match that? They haven't yet. I pay a lot of taxes. I want back something satisfying once in a damn while. NPR & PBS are what I want.

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