Big news in the radio world: Bill Kling, the man who started American Public Media and who hired Garrison Keillor, is stepping down in June after 45 years at Minnesota Public Radio. Kling began a small regional station in Minnesota in 1967. From that he has created a media conglomerate that now employs 700 radio professionals broadcasting on 44 stations.
In what was a surprise to virtually all the major producers of classical radio, the National Endowment for the Arts has taken a hard left turn, and diverted long-standing television and radio funding to gaming, mobile, and web projects. A detailed and scathing article in the New York Times gives examples of organizations that have lost some or all of their funding after years of building partnerships with the NEA. The MET Opera, PBS, and American Public Media (Performance Today and SymphonyCast) all had their funding decimated. Some of these organizations regularly received large grants, but … Continue Reading