public radio

House and Senate negotiators also preserved a state grant of $600,000 for Kansas public TV and radio stations.

The money is the same amount allotted in the current year, but down from the $3.8 million dollars the state provided as recently as 2008.

The funding bill for the upcoming fiscal year now goes to the full House and Senate.

The state provides about 1 percent of funding for public broadcasting stations in Kansas City and Lawrence.

KMUW receives a small portion of its budget from the state, about $35,000.

Supporters of public broadcasting are concerned this could be the year that state funding for public radio and broadcast stations ends in Kansas.

Pledge drive!

Yep, it's that time again, and if you thought you could get some relief from it here in my commentary spot, well... you're not.

I joke around a lot during KMUW’s pledge drives with my little song parodies and twangy banjo riffs. As a cartoonist, I guess I’m used to making light of serious issues. That’s what cartoonists do, after all.

But don’t let my silliness obscure the significance of public radio’s economic plight. Recessionary pressures affect us all, including this radio station. What if they had to lay off Click and Clack? What if Sylvia Poggioli or Garrison Keillor found themselves in line at a soup kitchen somewhere?