Friday, October 22, 2010


8,400+ people have pledged or contributed, they say. Up until now, they have talked about needing to make their goal of 1.2 million. That, now, is strangely absent. My guess is that they made that goal and don't want to discourage potential contributors by accurately reporting that they met their goal.

I find that offensive. This is a station that primarily brings us news and information. Holding back the logical continuing report on their fundraising levels simply is not something I associate with good journalism. Then again, this is the less than 2% of news, I think that actually comes from WUNC and I'd be hard-pressed to give that very high marks, and so am not really surprised by the failure to report that the goal has been reached.

Greedy, too? I don't know.

Ok, so I just heard them mention the 1.2 million, but without saying that this was their goal!

So, if they keep going above their goal, how will they use the money?????


Alan F, Chapel Hill said...

Having nothing to do with Juan Williams or NPR, the latest fund drive had me gnashing my disappearing teeth (from at least 2 other fund drives already this year), so I decided to see if anybody else felt as I do about the steadily declining quality of this station. I see you've gotten very few comments, but I hope you keep up this blog. I have so much to say on this subject, but no time at this minute Back to NPR, though. Did you know that its fee model calls for those stations who are most successful at fundraising to pay higher fees for their programs. Nothing like being rewarded for loyalty by getting a bigger bill. I've done a bit of research and see that there's quite a bit of other programming available from American Public Media and PRI that I'm sure would be of interest to local listeners. Finally, for now, if I hear "I'm Patty Painter Wakefield" one more time -- a person who adds absolutely nothing in terms of providing news or any actual programming -- I might just take a baseball bat to the radio.

Terry Maguire said...

If what you say is true, and I will try to check on this, that is exactly the sort of information that WUNC ought to be disclosing in the course of soliciting funds. I believe it would be irresponsible to do otherwise. Details like this ought to be on the WUNC website permanently, and updated as the facts and situation change.