Archive | September 2011

House Appropriators target NPR in latest spending bill

170 Million Americans for Public BroadcastingThe draft for the House Appropriations Committee’s fiscal 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services bill, introduced Thursday (Sept. 29) by the subcommittee chairman Denny Rehburg (R-Mont.), would prohibit the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from funding NPR, and requests a report from CPB on how to remove NPR from federal funding by 2014.

CPB receives the expected $445 million in funding over the upcoming year. In all, the bill proposes a 2.5 percent reduction in total discretionary funding over 2011, and 15.2 percent less than President Barack Obama’s budget request. Details from the committee available here.

In our most recent fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2011, St. Louis Public Radio received $363,117–around 7% of our cash budget–from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The majority of these funds are spent on supporting our local programming efforts at the station.

If you would like to learn more about the issues of federal funding for public broadcasting, visit the 170 Million Americans web site.

Update on the future home of St. Louis Public Radio

The second floor of the new St. Louis Public Radio office under construction.

The second floor of the new St. Louis Public Radio office under construction.

We’re closing in on six months since the groundbreaking in April on the site of UMSL at Grand Center, the new home for St. Louis Public Radio on Olive Street in Grand Center.  The progress being made in the construction has been incredible as most of the steel framing has been completed and we are close to pouring cement for the building’s three floors.

A drawing of second floor of the new facility for St. Louis Public Radio

One of the interesting architectural features of the building is how parts of the building protrude from the structure and almost appear to be over Olive Street.   The west view of the Central West End, including the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, is remarkable.

The west view down Olive Street from the future home of St. Louis Public Radio.

Of course what takes place in the new facility is really why we are moving to Grand Center and that will mean doubling the number of our studios so that we can produce more original programming, increased newsroom space for more reporters and producers, and a multi-purpose space that will allow us to do live broadcasts from the facility.  In addition, the opportunity for deeper partnerships with our future neighbors in Grand Center is also an exciting opportunity for us.

The multi-purpose space at UMSL at Grand Center | Home of St. Louis Public Radio.

Our plans are to move into the new building in the Spring of 2012 as construction and fundraising for the facility continue into the fall and winter.

More photos of the building and the progress being made on the construction are available on our Flickr page.

Welcome to Inside St. Louis Public Radio

Inside St. Louis Public Radio is a new blog where  St. Louis Public Radio staff will post updates on station initiatives, respond to public comments about our coverage, and share the latest press releases and program updates.

You’ll hear directly from station general manager Tim Eby, as well as from other station staff from our programming, membership, events, interactive media, and corporate support departments.