February 4, 2019 at 9:39 pm #185415
From an article that appeared in a BizJounal site – WCBE is apparently behind on their fees to NPR.
ABC6 touched on it in their news cast.February 5, 2019 at 7:49 am #185416
chad43358ParticipantFebruary 5, 2019 at 7:01 pm #185426
Just found this as well:
Interesting read – thanks for sharing – ABC6 briefly mentioned this tonight as a follow up to their story but didn’t go into this detail.February 6, 2019 at 12:22 am #185427
Here’s a newer CBF story (from Tuesday)…February 14, 2019 at 5:02 pm #185531
I haven’t been following this too closely, but here are a couple of still-newer stories (from over the past week)…February 18, 2019 at 9:51 am #185561
Why exactly does a failing school system still own an FM station? Especially one that is now almost $1mil in debt…February 27, 2019 at 8:53 pm #185638
Why exactly does a failing school system still own an FM station? Especially one that is now almost $1mil in debt…
I’ve honestly not understood why Columbus Public Schools have held on so long with this license – except the fact that apparently it was considered a separate operation outside of the day to day school operation.February 28, 2019 at 2:40 am #185642
Further, I’ve never understood why Columbus needs two NPR affiliates.February 28, 2019 at 2:45 pm #185653
As a non-local, I often forget that WCBE even exists–partly because it may not subscribe to the ratings. Even though the station bills itself as “Central Ohio’s Original NPR Station”, it probably should’ve moved to a mostly music format long ago–quite likely building the rest of the day around what’s played on the current “Ante Meridiem” and “Global Village”.
It’s definitely not a perfect analogy (pretty much because it never carried the main public-radio magazines), but Milwaukee’s WYMS might still provide a good template: While the license itself is still owned by Milwaukee Public Schools, the station is currently operated/programmed by an outside group–and the primary format is non-commercial Triple A.February 28, 2019 at 8:08 pm #185657
Further, I’ve never understood why Columbus needs two NPR affiliates.
I agree – I have wondered for years (since tOSU flipped 89.7 to NPR Talk) why WCBE has held onto their NPR talk shows.. Based on 89.7’s ratings in the PPMs clearly those who want NPR go to WOSU-FM. I’ve always thought WCBE would have served it’s listeners better by going to music based programming 24/7.March 17, 2019 at 1:21 am #185874
Here are a few (paywalled) Dispatch stories from over the past several weeks; I overlooked the first one earlier, and others are from this week…March 17, 2019 at 4:48 am #185875
Fyi, Dispatch.com doesn’t seem to have a paywall if you use IE, just a nag to move to Chrome or Firefox. Also, even with the latter browsers, you can view articles as long as you register, even without subscribing…at least that’s how it works for me.May 10, 2019 at 12:04 am #186420
At Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved a plan to pay off that debt to NPR, via its general funds…May 16, 2019 at 6:43 pm #186484
At Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved a plan to pay off that debt to NPR, via its general funds…
Great lets bail them out with funds that should be going to improve the quality of Columbus Public Schools (heck some bulidings don’t have proper HVAC and others are falling apart)..
CPS really needs to just sell WCBE and focus on fixing their own problems in the school district.
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