Apr 29, 2004

The Agriculture Department has named a second round of rural public TV stations awarded DTV conversion aid. Eighteen stations received $14 million, including WVPT in Harrisonburg, Va. and Wyoming PTV, which got $2 million each, and KIXE in Redding, Calif., which got $1.5 million. South Dakota ETV and WSKG in Binghamton, N.Y., each received $1.2 million.
In a Star Tribune op-ed, chairs of Minnesota Public Radio's corporate boards explain and defend the network's unorthodox use of funds from for-profit sister ventures (reg. req.).
In its early days, KQED was "boiling with ideas," says an old timer in the San Francisco Chronicle's series marking the station's 50th anniversary this week. [See also David Stewart's retrospective from Current.] The first public TV station, KUHT, celebrated its 50th last year. Also turning 50 this year are stations in East Lansing, Mich.; Pittsburgh; Madison, Wis.; Cincinnati; St. Louis; Lincoln, Neb.; and Seattle.
It's Bob Edwards' final week on Morning Edition, and articles in Newsday and the Washington Post highlight the impending change. NPR Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin addresses the persisting woes of Edwards' fans: "In some cases, listeners ended their messages to me in tears, unable to go on." (More in the Houston Chronicle.)