Dear Friends of Public Radio Tulsa,
First of all, thank you for listening to Public Radio Tulsa; more people are joining you in northeast Oklahoma! In our recent Fall ratings book, both KWGS and KWTU saw major jumps in audience. KWGS grew by nearly 17% to over 82,000 listeners a week, and KWTU grew by 28% to over 31,000 listeners as compared to Fall 2015. Usually, when one station is up, the other shows a decline, but we’ve been seeing growth in both station’s audience over the past 6 months. All told, over 100,000 unique listeners listen to Public Radio Tulsa each week. Thank you again, and keep telling your friends about public radio!
We kicked off our first "Give and Take” event last month to an overwhelming response. Over 100 listeners crowded into Lefty’s on Greenwood to hear from freshmen legislators Carol Bush and Monroe Nichols. We’re working now to set up the next Give and Take on Education funding later this month, and will shoot you an email when the details are finalized.
Finally, I want to take a moment to address the future of federal funding for public broadcasting.
Everywhere I go, I’m approached by friends and acquaintances, with a tentative “How are you doing?”, which quickly evolves to “How is the station doing?” With the change of Presidential administration, there has been talk of funding cuts to, or “privatization” of, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. CPB provides the federal funding to both public radio and television stations throughout the country. (READ MORE)
We will follow the activities on Capitol Hill closely. The Administration’s proposed budget for FY18 should be coming soon. I correspond with NPR’s Vice-President for Representation regularly, and I will keep you informed about the status of federal funding for public broadcasting.
Cheers for now,