Hello everyone, my name is Guy and I'll be your guest blogger tonight. I'm here to tell you about a cause very near and dear to my heart (and ears): public radio.
I started listening to public radio at night, where my job had me locked in a room by myself. I would listen to classical music on the program Performance Today, which is actually part of American Public Radio. One of my favorite parts of Performance Today is the Piano Puzzler, by Bruce Adolphe (here's a choice selection.) Now that I commute, I listen to the news portions of public radio, most often from NPR, because it provides a balanced perspective across a wide spectrum of topics. My favorite secret about public radio is during Marketplace, they list on their website all of the great music played during the bridges -the ~15 second clip of music between stories.
February's Charity is: KBPS Public Broadcasting & National Public Radio (NPR) & American Public Radio
Who are they and what do they do? KPBS is a public service of San Diego State University (SDSU) that produces high quality, unbiased stories about San Diego area news, as well as distribute news created by the NPR and American Public Radio network. They broadcast via radio, television (with PBS) and the web. In times of emergency, they provide invaluable details, such as what areas had to evacuate in San Diego County during the 2009 wildfires.
How do they do it? Using a combination of funds from individual donors, corporate sponsers, government grants, and funding from SDSU. They deliver unbiased investigative reporting with a network of public new stations tied together though NPR.
How can you support public radio? You can donate to KBPS, American Public Media, or your local public broadcasting station. When discussing the news around the office water cooler, mention what you heard on NPR- spread the word.