At risk of being taken for a public scold, I protest the co-opting of public radio and public television serving our area.

Dear Editor
At risk of being taken for a public scold, I protest the co-opting of public radio and public television serving our area. Both of these popular and important sources of news and entertainment are morphing into something indistinguishable from commercial outlets. I mean, both are becoming conduits for canned and commercial messages. Both are much too beholden to corporate sponsorship. Both are endlessly self-promoting.
The tiresome testimonials from donors grate just as much as the paid-for ads on commercial outlets. The constant drumming for new "underwriters" gives a lie to the boast that public stations are "commercial free." I have counted as many as 8 daisy-chain "promos" or appeals for funds between items on the morning news.
The serious scandal is that so few individuals actually support funding of public radio and public television. So... we get what we don't pay for!
Shame on us! Shame on our congressional delegations for systematically de-funding public radio and public TV. It was not intended to be this way!
We are told there is a potential audience of two million in this 4-state region, but less than 2500 citizens actually support the local public radio outlet with financial donations.
Could the iceberg of national bankruptcy have been avoided if media watchdogs had barked alarm?
A flat fee of $10 per household per year would yield more than enough revenue to keep stations running, but there would no doubt be great uproar over a new "tax."
Newspapers deserve a separate scolding.
Aloha,
Bill Sollner
Arma