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NPR and KJZZ
The Wall Street Journal has reported on National Public Radio’s (NPR) loss of sponsor revenue during this pandemic (“NPR Chief Warns of Steep Cost Cuts Amid Coronavirus Pandemic,” April 16, 2020). NPR is the national radio broadcasting service in Washington, D.C. KJZZ is a member station of NPR and pays an annual $1 million service fee for access to NPR programming. That fee will remain nearly the same for the coming year.
KJZZ has its own budget and we continue to have a strong bottom line. We have seen some sponsorship changes but KJZZ’s development team is working closely with local businesses and arts organizations on new sponsor options.
While the article says NPR expects a $30 to $45 million deficit through its 2021 fiscal year, that amounts to 15 to 20 percent of their overall annual revenue. NPR will not go away. They will likely need to adjust their spending.
Will it affect what you hear on KJZZ? Possibly. If NPR were to layoff some reporters, our talented staff will likely file more of their stories for national distribution.
CPB Emergency Funding
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) received $75 million in emergency funds in the new federal coronavirus relief act (the CARES Act). The CPB will distribute these funds to non-commercial public radio and TV stations across the country. The mission of those stations is to educate and inform the public. The majority of these emergency need-based funds have been earmarked for radio and TV stations in rural areas to keep the physical facilities in good standing in what is expected to be a lean time for memberships and corporate sponsorships. Stations like KJZZ will receive a small stipend from a pool of 600+ stations.
How KJZZ is funded
Listeners who donate and become members are the single-largest source of revenue for KJZZ. We also have corporate sponsors, and while some of our sponsors did have to alter their commitment to the station during this time, our members continue to keep us going strong. A robust vehicle donation program and fundraising events also contribute to our annual budget. The 1,500 public radio and TV stations across the country all receive grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which is funded by the federal government. KJZZ gets about 9% of its overall budget from those grants.
What can I do to support public radio?
Become a member! It’s easy to make a donation of just $5 a month. Or you could take advantage of a new option. In this calendar year of 2020, taxpayers who take the standard deduction can still deduct up to $300 in charitable contributions on their 2020 federal tax return. (Check with your tax professional for more details.) It’s always a good time to support public radio!
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