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Opera on JPR – 90.9 FM

JPR’s Classics & News Service (90.9 FM in Redding CA) is now broadcasting the American Opera Series on Saturdays at 10 a.m.:

Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • July 15, 2017 – Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • July 22, 2017 – Tannhauser by Richard Wagner

Los Angeles Opera

  • July 29, 2017 – Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
  • August 5, 2017 – The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach
  • August 12, 2017 – The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini
  • August 19, 2017 – The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • August 26, 2017 – The Ghosts of Versailles by John Corigliano

From Paul Westhelle on Federal Funding:

“In early May, after being passed by Congress with bi-partisan support, the President signed Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bills, which fund the government for the remainder of the current fiscal year, through September 30. These bills included funding for public broadcasting at current levels for the upcoming fiscal year. We’re grateful to the many JPR listeners who contacted their elected representatives to share their views on this issue. This significant achievement, however, is just one step in preserving the system that has served as a catalyst for creating and sustaining dynamic public radio and television stations across the country.”

“In late May, the President sent his full Fiscal Year 2018 budget to Congress. Like the “skinny budget” the Administration issued in mid-March, public broadcasting funding is once again proposed for elimination. The road to a final 2018 budget is a long one and Congress will play a primary role in establishing funding priorities and then writing legislation that provides funding for specific programs, including those that support local public radio stations like JPR.”

Update from Protect My Public Media

On July 13, 2017 “the House Appropriations Subcommittee that sets public media funding levels passed a draft bill. We have both great news and bad news. The draft bill provided essential public media seed funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in its draft bill.

The Bad News: While we saved one important program, funding for public media’s Interconnection infrastructure system was eliminated.

Interconnection enables virtually every American to receive local station programming for free – reaching even the most rural parts of the U.S. The system allows your stations to distribute programming, as well as public safety, national alert, and warning communications.

If Interconnection funding is eliminated, it becomes nearly impossible for local stations to broadcast your favorite programs and important public safety communications to you.

We need your help to save Interconnection. Email your lawmakers and tell them to fully fund public media, including Interconnection.

Funding levels for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Interconnection are not final, yet. We have a small window of opportunity to voice our support for this program. As early as next week, Congress could move legislation that could help or hurt our cause.”