Update: 2/5/11, "Chafee: Talk-radio ban temporary," Projo.com, R. Edgar
10/25/10, "One sign that NPR no longer considers itself "public radio" came this summer,
- when it changed its name from National Public Radio to NPR."...Slate
Providence: "No one is likely to confuse new Governor Chafee with his Republican predecessor, Donald L. Carcieri, and now here’s another way to tell them apart:
Chafee doesn’t plan to spend his own time on talk radio, and he
intends to ban state employees from spending their state work time talking on talk radio, which
was Carcieri’s favorite medium and an integral part of his communications operation.
Spokesman Michael Trainor said a directive will go out over the next day or so that reflects that new policy.
He said the policy emanates from a belief that talk radio is essentially “ratings-driven, for-profit programming,” and “we don’t think it is appropriate to use taxpayer resources” in the form of state employee work time to “support
for-profit, ratings-driven programming.”
Trainor said the new governor will continue to talk to the news reporters for the local radio stations, and the
Reached Monday night, WHJJ’s program director, Bill George, said he was curious about the explanation for Chafee’s singling out talk shows since “most media outlets, whether news or opinion,
He said he hopes to have a conversation with Chafee in the next few days in the hope that he can change the governor’s mind.
“We believe that talk radio would be an ideal outlet for Governor Chafee because it’s a great way for him to speak directly to the people,” George said. “It’s also one of the few places where he can have a back-and-forth with the state’s citizens.”
George noted that Carcieri was a regular on Helen Glover’s morning talk show during his years as governor, coming in “at least once a month.”
Barbara Haynes, station manager for WPRO, which is home to the “Buddy Cianci Show,” the “Dan Yorke Show” and John DePetro,
said she would have no comment."
11/22/08, "Pharmaceutical industry ties revealed for NPR psychiatrist," OnTheWhole, excerpts of 11/21/08 NY Times article
10/25/10, "The best way to end Republican meddling with NPR: Kill it, and let it be reborn," Slate, Jack Shafer, (mainly on large taxpayer grants given to NPR, says Republicans will never kill it).
6/10/2006, NPR transcript notes Soros gave them $250,000 recently
"Mr. Soros, the financier who heads Soros Funds Management, has a new book out, The Age of Fallibility. George Soros joins us from member station WYPR in Baltimore.
Mr. Soros, thanks so much for being with us.
Mr. GEORGE SOROS (Financier, Soros Fund Management): It's my pleasure.
SIMON: Of course, we also have to note that your foundation has given about a quarter of a million dollars to NPR in recent years."...