Monday, March 15, 2010

Listener supported wonkery

You have probably seen the news about how Duquesne University is plannnig to sell radio station WDUQ.

Interesting read in Bond Buyer today about what is happening with National Public Radio itself.  They are issuing $160 million in tax exempt bonds to help pay for their new headquarters.  Sooo....  does that open the possibility that WDUQ directly or by proxy could issue tax exempt debt to pay for itself?   Just wondering.

also just in the idle musing category... is WQED still trying to sell WQEX?


Anonymous Weakened Condition said...

And how much of DUQ listener contributions are being used to pay for the new HQ?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 8:34:00 AM  
Blogger Andrew Moore said...

As far as I understand it, DUQ contributions do not go directly to NPR. DUQ pays for shows like Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Unless a pledge drive explicitly says they are raising funds for NPR, listener contribution go to DUQ only (not the university, and not NPR).

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 9:47:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Remember, without listener support, old people will listen to regular radio and start complaining about how today's music doesn't measure up to Bob Dylan.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 1:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to be argumentative, but if NPR jacks up the price of ATC and Morning Edition to pay for the new HQ, then 'DUQ listeners are paying for it.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 9:12:00 AM  

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