My gratitude goes out to you and the thousands of supporters who recently contacted our State legislators and the Governor to express your thoughts about the value of WFSU and public media in general.
Sadly, the Governor has unilaterally chosen to end the State’s investment in public broadcasting, which is a public-private partnership that improves education and the quality of life for all Floridians. The State of Florida’s investment in public media has been hugely successful and has spanned more than 30 years. State funding for public broadcasting is popular, effective, efficient – and at 25 cents annually per Floridian, it’s a bargain. The Legislature supports it. Floridians treasure it.
Our station and others throughout the State join PBS in serving as America’s largest classroom. Teachers and homeschoolers rely upon our resources and programs to educate their children. Families of pre-school children are quick to attest that it is an instrumental tool for expanding their children’s vocabulary and thirst for learning.
Over multiple media platforms, our community can also experience unparalleled music, theater, artistic programs and a window to the world. And our commitment to local issues is unmatched in the area: WFSU provides year round awareness for nonprofit organizations; exposure to some of north Florida’s most interesting people and places, and timely, topical, in-depth discussions on issues that matter most to our citizens.
We understand the State’s fiscal challenges. Our support from the State has been cut more than 37% over the past four years, and we accepted an additional 29% cut in the legislature’s recommended budget. However, outright elimination of state funding will inevitably lead to the loss of programs, services, and jobs in our community and communities across Florida.
As we have for over 50 years, WFSU will continue to strive to be a valued community partner that meets the needs of our citizens, but we need your help. Your voice and advocacy on behalf of WFSU in the coming months will be needed, and called upon. Thank you in advance for your support now – and in the future – to ensure the future of our treasured, public resource for education, exploration and inspiration.
General Manager, WFSU