Modifying the Airwaves
| If National Public Radio [NPR] goes to satellite transmission the whole landscape of public radio in the USA will morph dramatically | Recently, there have been upper management meetings between member stations and NPR Corporate, and assurances that this would not occur | But what if it does?
Will small stations be left in a lurch to come up with programming they've been paying dearly for for decades? | Might we see "corporate sponsorship" plugs gone altogether in favor of canned programming [ala Clear Channel Communications] with corporate feeds not even disclosed?
More to the point, might it result in the loss of smaller, less resource-rich non-commerical stations going belly up? | Community radio reduced to a handful of fiercely loyal audience bases [such as WAMC
or the Pacifica
groups] Wouldn't the Corpornations love that?
I don't have any answers here | Just posing the question |