The public is invited to attend the August forum on Public Radio sponsored by the Champaign County Democratic Meet-Up Committee, on Wednesday, August 8. The event begins with a tour of the WILL Radio facility–participants should assemble at Campbell Hall on campus, 300 N. Goodwin Avenue, at 7:00 pm. After the tour, the meeting will continue at Champaign County Democrats headquarters office at 14 E. Washington Street in Champaign, with a presentation and question/answer session with WILL Radio Station Manager Jay Pearce.
Jay will discuss the important role of public radio in today’s media stream, and current issues in public radio legislation and funding. Historically, public media have been funded in two year blocks in advance, then on time. The money for the fiscal year starting Oct 1, 2006, did not start to arrive until Feb of 2007. Congress keeps up a stealth warfare of amendments to cut their funding and to destroy their independence. A proposal has been offered to end all funding for high tech equipment, which, of course, they must have to operate effectively.
Public Radio supporters will want to attend this informative event and find out how to im. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Call 359-3760 or email at email@example.com for more details.