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September 5, 2009

PUBLIC RADIO STATIONS HOLDING THEIR OWN IN RECESSION, SOME DOING BETTE

Washington Post - Four months into its new fiscal year, donations [to Washington's public radio station WAMU] are 50 percent higher than at the same time last year, and membership -- public broadcasting-speak for people who contribute -- is up 53 percent. . . WAMU's numbers are at the sunny end of the spectrum, but things are looking up elsewhere in the Land of Pledge Drives. As money from government and corporate sources has shriveled, struggling public stations have found that the public is willing to step up. Stations across the country say contributions from viewers and listeners have held steady, and in some cases have been rising in defiance of the worst recession in decades.

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