As a resident of eastern Washington, there are two reasons why I feel personally responsible for making sure NWPR continues to provide quality radio programming to our communities: classical music and NPR news. The thought of losing these services is truly scary.
As a devotee of classical music, I first discovered NWPR FM 89.1 as the only local radio station that provides that format. I appreciate the variety of offerings selected by Robin Rilette and the other hosts. After years of listening, I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about classical music until I saw the results of the listener voting on the Classical Countdown this spring! I obviously have much to learn and NWPR is my teacher.
Particularly in our current political climate, the news coverage on NWPR is essential to understanding what is going on regionally and nationally. I rely on the news from NPR as the most even-handed coverage of current events and issues available in the media. The evolution of 24-hour cable news and talk radio has turned into advocacy for either extremely conservative or liberal agendas. The responsible middle is fast disappearing. On just about every issue, I find myself thinking, “I need to hear what David Brooks, E.J. Dionne, James Fallows, Mara Liasson, Cokie Roberts, Nina Totenberg, David Wessel, …, have to say.” It is a matter of journalistic integrity and trust. The news coverage is a priceless resource, which is the reason why we must make sure NWPR prospers.