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Anti-Public Radio/Anti-NPR Bill Passes in the House

Written by Kathleen Pavelko, President and CEO | Mar 18, 2011 1:36 PM

Friends of witf and public radio:

A bill was voted on by the House yesterday (Thursday, 17 March), HR 1076, that will defund NPR and prohibit public radio stations from using federal funds to acquire ANY radio programming from ANY source.

This legislation prohibits public radio stations from using federal funds to acquire programs such as This American Life, Prairie Home Companion, Morning Edition, Car Talk and All Things Considered and many, many others.

The legislation will still be voted upon by the Senate, so please call your Senators today and ask him to oppose HR 1076. This radical, disruptive legislation is far-reaching and unfairly punitive to public radio stations and their listeners.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Lamborn (R-CO), interferes in witf’s right to select programming and would endanger 9,000 jobs at local public radio stations in communities across the country.

Without so much as a single hearing on the subject, this legislation dismantles a public radio system depended upon by 34 million Americans weekly and in which Americans across the political spectrum place high trust.

These funding restrictions will devastate the public radio economy and local stations’ ability to serve audiences, seek donor support, and produce programs.

Don’t let HR 1076 get between you and witf and the programs you love, call your Senators today!

Click to read the PMA Press Release:

Public Media Association Condemns House NPR Vote


The names and office numbers for the Pennsylvania Senators are listed below.

Please call your member of Congress!

Tell them public broadcasting is too important to cut!

PA Senators

Name Party  
Address City/State Phone #
Robert P. Casey, Jr. D
393 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC, 25015 202/224-6324
Pat Toomey R
3440 Hamilton Blvd Allentown, PA 18013 202/224-4254


I respectfully ask for your help.

Kathleen Pavelko,
President and CEO, witf


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