Deflating news today as word has it that the government is seeking to cut funding to public broadcast radio. As a writing major, I can relate to mediums of communication struggling to stay relevant to society, but I can't let intelligent and meaningful radio fall into the same ominous abyss. As an active member of York College's WVYC radio station with two shows of my own, I am truly disappointed in this news.
Public broadcasting provides an outlet of all kinds for creative and informative programing. In this way, public broadcasting generates an equally important connection to the listening audience. Although I feel more of a personal connection with radio, the same positive sentiments can be attributed to public television as well. Public broadcasting is local and, consequently, impacts and refers directly to the events, concerns, and overall culture (I term I admit to using pretty loosely in this instance, but you get the idea) of an area.
In short, public broadcasting is one of the few remaining ways for the American everyman to make their voice heard in America today and is the very pulse of rural and impoverished areas of America. I admit to being a little dramatic in this final statement, but the removal of public broadcasting is similar to removing the voice box of middle-class America.
A campaign I caught wind of thanks to a dear friend, Kev. Among the many things worth fighting for in America, let's ensure that our voice is one of them.
Advice of the Day: "That's why when you rebound, you never bring the ball near your face." Walt Frazier
Thought of the Day: It's a magical feeling when you find yourself with exact change. It pleases everyone involved in the transaction. It lightens the load of both the cashier and the consumer. Quite simply, it is the definition of poetry in motion. However, don't be over-eager to achieve this all the time, it is not the kind of thing that can be forced. For as far out as having exact change can be, it can be equally annoying to patrons on line behind you as you fiddle about with your change counting in a hurried manner before you screw up and have to start again. This leads to eye rolls and sighs of disgust by those around you and can easily turn one of the highlights of your day into the thorn in the side of your month. (Case and point, Alex Wong in Penn Station.) Let these moments happen naturally and cherish them when they occur. Your patience will be rewarded with a more gratifying feeling of achievement when the time comes.
Song of the Day: I Know What I Know - Paul Simon
Jazz Song of the Day: Real Life Hits - Carla Bley