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House tries to block NPR funding

by Nate Barrett

WAUSAU (WAOW)- The house voted Thursday to pass a measure that will cut federal funds to NPR and local radio stations in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Public Radio is funded... for the most part... by its members. But they do receive federal money which helps them pay for NPR programs like Car Talk, Morning Edition and All things Considered. If that federal funding is cut...the regional manager says those programs would probably disappear.

Rick Reyer/WPR Regional Manager: "It would be devastating to a lot of stations, including Wisconsin Public Radio, that carry those programs. It would make it impossible to pay for them outside of the federal funds."

Reyer thinks the consequences of not being able to carry NPR programming would snowball into a much bigger problem for his station, "Audience numbers would drop off. And then when audience numbers drop off, our funding from the potential members that we have would also drop off. With fewer listeners, fewer members our support from businesses and our underwriting support would drop off too."

Now, the measure still needs to be passed in the Senate, and if so, then it heads to the President's desk before it goes into effect.

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