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February 2011 Updates

Station updates for February 2011 from WFIU Station Manager Christina Kuzmych.

Station Updates

Ask the Mayor in Kokomo!
WFIU’s Ask the Mayor took our show on the road! At a live town hall-style event, Kokomo residents had the opportunity to talk to Mayor Greg Goodnight at a local brewery in Kokomo. The event was taped live on February 21 and was broadcast on WFIU during its regularly scheduled time: February 23 12:06pm.  We hope to eventually travel to the other cities featured on our Ask the Mayor program.

WFIU Hosts Sage Steele on Profiles
Sage Steele, anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter, was interviewed by producer Annie Corrigan for an upcoming episode of Profiles. Steele is a graduate of Indiana University, and is a former beat reporter for the Indianapolis Colts. In her interview with Corrigan, a remarkably candid Steele talks about rising to the top of a male-dominated field, her father’s influence (he was the first African-American to play football at West Point), and her desire to one day have a talk show of her own. The interview will air this spring.

Programming News
In March, WFIU will begin airing The State We’re In Sundays at 4pm. Featuring first-person stories from around the world about how humans treat one another and deal with extraordinary circumstances, The State We’re In is a weekly radio program from Radio Netherlands Worldwide. We are excited to introduce this innovative program to the WFIU audience.

Operations News
WFIU has hired a new Web/Application Developer to assist with coding for the website, mobile apps, and enhancement of our online capacity.

WFIU is working with NPR on an NPR-funded project to increase news reporting capacity at the state level. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting project!

Funding News

170 Million Americans Website Updated
Supporters of public broadcasting can now write directly to their legislators on the 170 Million Americans website. Over 100,000 people “Like” the page on Facebook, and that number is growing every day. WFIU continues to run announcements on air and online to direct people to the website.

The President’s Fiscal Year 2010 Budget
This month (February) the President submitted his Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 budget to Congress.  For the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the President is requesting:

  • $451 million advance appropriation for CPB in FY 2014, a $6 million increase over the last enacted level (FY 2012).
  • $6 million (FY 2012) for CPB Digital, which helps local public television and radio stations expand their community service in the digital age, $30 million less than the last enacted amount (FY 2010).
  • The President’s budget does not include funding for Ready To Learn, a Department of Education program that uses the power of public broadcasting’s children’s programming to help low-income kids learn to read (funded at $27.3 million in FY 2010); the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) at the Department of Commerce (funded at $20 million in FY 2010); or the Department of Agriculture’s rural digital program, which helps rural public television stations expand their digital broadcasting services (funded at $4.5 million in FY 2010).

State News

Liaisons Working In Statehouse
WFIU and other Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations are working with our liaisons in the statehouse to maintain state funding, which is still at risk.

IPBS Hires Statehouse Reporter
IPBS, the network of public broadcasting stations, has hired Brandon Smith as the new Statehouse reporter. Brandon will supply Indiana’s public broadcasting stations with stories on statehouse legislation. He has already submitted a number of stories to the WFIU News team.

National News

NPR Stations Ratings for Fall 2010 Highest Ever!
The Fall 2010 ratings for the top 50 markets are in and NPR newsmagazines showed the highest Fall cumulative audience ever!  That’s higher than the record NPR stations broke in 2008 in the midst of the presidential election.  Since 1998, the number of listeners to NPR Newsmagazine stations in the top markets has increased by an incredible 55%. And all of this is against a backdrop of other news media scrambling to hold on to as much audience as they can.

Dr. Robert Steele, DePauw Professor, Consulting with NPR
Robert Steele, the Phyllis W. Nicholas Endowed Director of The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University and member of WFIU, is advising NPR. Steele is an expert on journalistic ethics and is regularly called upon by a number of news outlets, including NPR, to advise and comment on ethics questions.