A Special Message from KJZZ
As you may have heard, the White House has submitted a budget proposal calling for an end to federal funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). As a public radio supporter, here are facts you should know:
- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is a private, non-profit corporation created by Congress in 1967 to provide free, quality, non-commercial media that informs, educates, enlightens, and enriches the public and to steward the federal government’s investment.
- Public media is a system of independently-owned and -operated local radio and TV stations.
- 70% of the CPB’s funding is distributed to over 1,500 local public radio and TV stations, many of which would not survive without that support.
- The CPB provides grants for innovative local programs and improvements to public broadcasting.
- The CPB contributes to National Public Radio (NPR). For a membership fee, public radio stations can choose to be become NPR member stations and air NPR programming.
What Does This Mean for KJZZ?
- KJZZ receives $800,000 annually from Corporation for Public Broadcasting( CPB).
- The CPB provides grants for innovative KJZZ programming start-ups and initiatives like:
- The Arizona Science and Innovation Desk
- The award-winning Fronteras Desk, a multimedia collaboration between public radio stations across the Southwest.
- As an NPR member station, KJZZ pays one million dollars annually for programming provided by National Public Radio (NPR).
- There is a probability of a substantial increase in the NPR membership fee paid by KJZZ should NPR lose CPB funding.
- While KJZZ receives the majority of its funding from listeners like you, the 9% of our operating budget provided by CPB is critically-important to continue to inform, educate, enlighten, and enrich our audience.