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2010-07-08 8:59:00 AM  
Frank Lutz poll it or something? Pity, but it's not really public radio anymore anyway -- not an insignificant amount of their budget comes from private advertising now.
 
2010-07-08 10:10:54 AM  

DarnoKonrad: Frank Lutz poll it or something? Pity, but it's not really public radio anymore anyway -- not an insignificant amount of their budget comes from private advertising now.


The largest portion of their budget still comes from private donations, though, hence National "Public" Radio. The federal government has always given them a pittance.
 
2010-07-08 10:41:21 AM  

DarnoKonrad: not an insignificant amount of their budget comes from private advertising now.


There is a difference between underwriting and advertising. Having a host calmly read a statement from the company is so much nicer than the crappy, loud, low-budget ads run on normal radio stations.
 
2010-07-08 10:51:38 AM  
DAMMIT....I'll never be able to remember THAT name.
 
2010-07-08 10:53:12 AM  
It's still socialist though, right?
 
2010-07-08 10:53:57 AM  
Why not call it what it really is... NPR


National
Progressive
Radio

Misusing government funds all day long to promote a biased agenda.
 
2010-07-08 10:53:57 AM  
Nat Geo
 
2010-07-08 10:55:15 AM  
This is going to be harder to remember than when the WWF became the WWF after the other WWF stole their name.
 
2010-07-08 10:55:51 AM  

Phil Herup: National
Progressive
Radio


It's progressive because they use those big, complicated, Jewish-sounding words.
 
2010-07-08 10:56:14 AM  
I'll never be to look at Renee Montagne the same way now. Err...listen.
 
2010-07-08 10:57:27 AM  
Thank god that's cleared up.

Speaking of clearing, can we get them to clear their throats and not spit into the mic so often? NPR must have the squishiest sound in radio. Is it just me? But once I noticed how much their hosts, in particular, smack their lips and such, I can't NOT hear it. The BBC program(mes?) my local NPR affiliate airs don't seem to have that problem.

Is it an engineering thing?
 
2010-07-08 10:57:31 AM  

seventypercent: Phil Herup: National
Progressive
Radio

It's progressive because they use those big, complicated, Jewish-sounding words.


Progressive, that's like Librul rite?
 
2010-07-08 10:57:55 AM  

Phil Herup: Why not call it what it really is... NPR


National
Progressive
Radio

Misusing government funds all day long to promote a biased agenda.


That isn't even remotely true trolltard. They misuse public funds to tell dry, mindnumbing stories, and feature weird folk bands. That and maybe like an hour of the BBC is what makes up NPR.
 
2010-07-08 10:58:23 AM  
That's too much to remember. Can we just call it N?
 
2010-07-08 10:59:27 AM  
NPR... how does it work?

Is my local listener funded radio station part of NPR or is it a separate radio station that pays NPR to air some of its stuff?

I remember them saying Terri Gross costs 700,000 a year or something, so cough it up

although, my favorite pledge drive was for KUT in Austin, when the guy said, you know, we're going to make the money, it's just an issue of whether you think it's important for you to donate.
 
2010-07-08 10:59:47 AM  
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Please stop making fun of the name. Ira's getting ANGRY!
 
2010-07-08 11:01:28 AM  
Northeastern People's Radio.

Any other outlook on life/politics/arts that varies from that of the Bos-NY-Wash corridor is quaint, remarkable, and wrong.

/happy the local station carries BBC at night
 
2010-07-08 11:01:53 AM  
So now they have something in common with KFC?
 
2010-07-08 11:02:20 AM  
Their lineup sounds like some Goddamn diversity gone overboard fusion restaurant: "Yes, we'll start with an order of little Neda Ulaby. For the main course I'll have an order of Snigdha Prakash and the Lady will have Sylvia Poggioli. On carafe of Mandalit Del Barco should compliment the meal nicely, and some Lakshmi Singh for dessert."
 
2010-07-08 11:04:01 AM  

Nightsweat: Please stop making fun of the name. Ira's getting ANGRY!


He works for PRI. The redheaded stepchild of the public radio world.
 
2010-07-08 11:04:47 AM  

amazing_live_seamonkeys: Their lineup sounds like some Goddamn diversity gone overboard fusion restaurant: "Yes, we'll start with an order of little Neda Ulaby. For the main course I'll have an order of Snigdha Prakash and the Lady will have Sylvia Poggioli. On carafe of Mandalit Del Barco should compliment the meal nicely, and some Lakshmi Singh for dessert."


Ack, the typos! I was trying to type while writing.
 
Biv
2010-07-08 11:06:01 AM  
Now see what you can do to make your product suck less.
 
2010-07-08 11:06:56 AM  
"NPR is more modern, streamlined," says Vivian Schiller, NPR's chief executive.

Actually I think you're trying to de-emphasize the Public, much like KFC was trying to de-emphasize the Fried.

And it shouldn't be called Public when it's overwhelmingly funded by private donations.
 
2010-07-08 11:07:06 AM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: There is a difference between underwriting and advertising.


Influence is influence. When George Snuffleupagus moderated his travesty of a debate this last election, after taking question suggestions from Sean Hannity on his radio program, NPR was uncharacteristically silent. Lo and behold, one of the sponsors who got mention that week was ABC, host of the debate, pimping a new show in the summer lineup.
 
2010-07-08 11:07:30 AM  

Phil Herup: Why not call it what it really is... NPR


National
Progressive
Radio

Misusing government funds all day long to promote a biased agenda.


Try listening to it sometime. You might change your position on it.
 
2010-07-08 11:07:55 AM  

amazing_live_seamonkeys: Nightsweat: Please stop making fun of the name. Ira's getting ANGRY!

He works for PRI. The redheaded stepchild of the public radio world.


Yeah, but at least their initials means something.
 
2010-07-08 11:08:23 AM  

atomsmoosher: Speaking of clearing, can we get them to clear their throats and not spit into the mic so often? NPR must have the squishiest sound in radio. Is it just me? But once I noticed how much their hosts, in particular, smack their lips and such, I can't NOT hear it. The BBC program(mes?) my local NPR affiliate airs don't seem to have that problem.

Is it an engineering thing?


Ever listen to the "Stuff You Should Know" or "Stuff You Missed in History" podcasts?

The former believes that *tchock* (that wet nasty sound of someone sucking a phlegm glob off the room of your mouth) is to be inserted between every sentence and the latter sound like they lick the mics.

Oh! And don't get me started on the formally enjoyable "The Bugle"! The last 5 or 6 episodes have been absolutely terrible!
Who shoved Andy Salzman's mic up his nose? He sounds like Beavis and Butthead with headcolds as he snorts and clears his throat through all of John Oliver's parts. And what's with the balance? John is too quiet, Andy is disgusting, and when the incompetent producer talks it's unbearably loud!
And since when did we need to hear Andy's keyboard when he types? Are they using Skype and Andy's laptop's built in mic?

Grrr....

[end of rant]
 
2010-07-08 11:08:36 AM  

Phil Herup: Why not call it what it really is... NPR


National
Progressive
Radio

Misusing government funds all day long to promote a biased agenda.


NPR = nuanced
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/hot as farking the farking farkers
 
2010-07-08 11:08:37 AM  

Biv: Now see what you can do to make your product suck less.


They may suck, but they are still the best source of news out there.
 
2010-07-08 11:08:58 AM  
I love NPR, only half decent news outfit in the country. And they carry the BBC, which is probably the best news outfit in the world.

/Plus, Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me! and Prairie Home Companion and Car Talk and Fresh Air and awesome music (NPR introduced me to both Gogol Bordello and Janelle Monae). . .
 
2010-07-08 11:10:04 AM  

atomsmoosher: Thank god that's cleared up.

Speaking of clearing, can we get them to clear their throats and not spit into the mic so often? NPR must have the squishiest sound in radio. Is it just me? But once I noticed how much their hosts, in particular, smack their lips and such, I can't NOT hear it. The BBC program(mes?) my local NPR affiliate airs don't seem to have that problem.

Is it an engineering thing?


It's because NPR doesn't have music beds running constantly underneath its announcers.

Brickwall compression without a noise gate = being able to hear that shiat.
 
2010-07-08 11:10:41 AM  

patricula: atomsmoosher: Speaking of clearing, can we get them to clear their throats and not spit into the mic so often? NPR must have the squishiest sound in radio. Is it just me? But once I noticed how much their hosts, in particular, smack their lips and such, I can't NOT hear it. The BBC program(mes?) my local NPR affiliate airs don't seem to have that problem.

Is it an engineering thing?

Ever listen to the "Stuff You Should Know" or "Stuff You Missed in History" podcasts?

The former believes that *tchock* (that wet nasty sound of someone sucking a phlegm glob off the room of your mouth) is to be inserted between every sentence and the latter sound like they lick the mics.

Oh! And don't get me started on the formally enjoyable "The Bugle"! The last 5 or 6 episodes have been absolutely terrible!
Who shoved Andy Salzman's mic up his nose? He sounds like Beavis and Butthead with headcolds as he snorts and clears his throat through all of John Oliver's parts. And what's with the balance? John is too quiet, Andy is disgusting, and when the incompetent producer talks it's unbearably loud!
And since when did we need to hear Andy's keyboard when he types? Are they using Skype and Andy's laptop's built in mic?

Grrr....

[end of rant]


I don't get this at all. I've never noticed it (listen to NPR and the Bugle constantly) and I much prefer the NPR style to the BBC style. I mean, BBC does great news, but everything sounds the same. It's the news read by robots. I kind of like the more casual feel of NPR and podcasts. Maybe that feel is emphasized by the stuff you're complaining about, maybe not.
 
2010-07-08 11:11:15 AM  

Phil Herup: Why not call it what it really is... NPR


National
Progressive
Radio

Misusing government funds all day long to promote a biased agenda.


Does it just suck being you?
 
2010-07-08 11:11:58 AM  

Rapmaster2000: And it shouldn't be called Public when it's overwhelmingly funded by private donations.


You know what public organizations are made up of? Private people.
 
2010-07-08 11:12:49 AM  
i love npr...the regular npr station gives some good in-depth news, and we in dfw have an npr music station as well that plays a wide variety of musical styles from around the world

/i like "a prairie home companion" about as much as cleveland brown does
//which isn't much at all
 
Biv
2010-07-08 11:12:54 AM  

EvilEgg: Biv: Now see what you can do to make your product suck less.

They may suck, but they are still the best source of news out there.


Ahhhhhhhh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Wow, you are funny.

Or you like your news filtered through a liberal net.
Almost as bad as that trash comes out of the BBC.
 
2010-07-08 11:13:25 AM  
The Channel Formerly Known as National Public Radio...
 
2010-07-08 11:14:29 AM  
I wish people still did the first-syllable abbreviations instead of acronyms... Like:
National Biscuit Company -> Nabisco

Then we could listen to / make fun of Napubrad, which would be more verbally satisfying on both sides of the culture wars.


...Also think of how many other TLAs could be improved:

FBI: feburin
CIA: cenintag
IRS: inrev
GED: geneddip
SAT: scholaptes
...
 
2010-07-08 11:14:55 AM  
Oh how I have come to love NPR.

Ever since my dad died six years ago, this man (new window) has become my surrogate father. I turn to him for all the worldly advice and wisdom I need.

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2010-07-08 11:15:37 AM  
This is a fertile land, and we will thrive. We will rule over all this land, and we will call it... This Land.
 
Biv
2010-07-08 11:15:48 AM  

tomwilson: I wish people still did the first-syllable abbreviations instead of acronyms... Like:
National Biscuit Company -> Nabisco

Then we could listen to / make fun of Napubrad, which would be more verbally satisfying on both sides of the culture wars.


...Also think of how many other TLAs could be improved:

FBI: feburin
CIA: cenintag
IRS: inrev
GED: geneddip
SAT: scholaptes
...



Damn it, this is like school work...
 
2010-07-08 11:16:02 AM  

EvilEgg: Rapmaster2000: And it shouldn't be called Public when it's overwhelmingly funded by private donations.

You know what public organizations are made up of? Private people.


Besides, didn't the SCOTUS inform us all that big private companies count as private citizens?
 
2010-07-08 11:16:10 AM  

EvilEgg: Rapmaster2000: And it shouldn't be called Public when it's overwhelmingly funded by private donations.

You know what public organizations are made up of? Private people.


How is NPR a public organization anymore than McDonald's? Anyone can buy the food. Anyone can be a shareholder. Anyone can get a job there. What does the word public even mean anymore?
 
2010-07-08 11:16:12 AM  

tomwilson: I wish people still did the first-syllable abbreviations instead of acronyms... Like:
National Biscuit Company -> Nabisco


Sadly it's spelled Kraft now.
 
2010-07-08 11:16:13 AM  
I love NPR. I listen to it every day and I send money to my local station.
 
2010-07-08 11:16:13 AM  

EvilEgg: So now they have something in common with KFC?


Rapmaster2000: "NPR is more modern, streamlined," says Vivian Schiller, NPR's chief executive.

Actually I think you're trying to de-emphasize the Public, much like KFC was trying to de-emphasize the Fried.

And it shouldn't be called Public when it's overwhelmingly funded by private donations.


KFC is back to calling itself Kentucky Fried Chicken. And they originally changed to KFC to avoid the "Kentucky", not the "Fried".

snopes link (new window)
 
2010-07-08 11:17:23 AM  

ChrisDe: EvilEgg: So now they have something in common with KFC?

Rapmaster2000: "NPR is more modern, streamlined," says Vivian Schiller, NPR's chief executive.

Actually I think you're trying to de-emphasize the Public, much like KFC was trying to de-emphasize the Fried.

And it shouldn't be called Public when it's overwhelmingly funded by private donations.

KFC is back to calling itself Kentucky Fried Chicken. And they originally changed to KFC to avoid the "Kentucky", not the "Fried".

snopes link (new window)


Now that is interesting. I wonder how RAND PAUL feels about this.
 
2010-07-08 11:17:33 AM  
I like NPR.

In a world of iPods and Pandora internet radio, it is rare for me to turn on an actual broadcast radio station. But when I do, it's usually NPR.

The radio dial is a vaste wasteland of suck, and NPR is usually the only decent thing on it.
 
2010-07-08 11:17:34 AM  
Using NPR because they do more than just radio? So, will their radio operation now be called NPR Radio?

Federal Express shortened its name to FedEx, and now offers a service known as FedEx Express. Genius.
 
2010-07-08 11:18:02 AM  
I'm shocked we made it this far into the thread without someone demanding the frequencies of the NPR affiliates nationwide be auctioned off to Clear Channel and Murdoch.

The best local news/traffic here in Central PA is the NPR affiliate. The AM talk station runs the same stories all day long.
 
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