Laurie L. Meador: Clarifying a point on local radio
April 22, 2009
I apologize if I offended anyone with my previous letter regarding KUNC’s National Public Radio (NPR) and the Spanish Language program now being aired on Summit Public Radio (SPR). Apparently, my opinion was misunderstood, so let me restate it.
NPR offers DIVERSE music as well as exceptional news coverage. It is entertaining and intellectually stimulating. That is partly what I love about it. To eliminate this program in favor of a Spanish language program in order to improve communication with (roughly) 14 percent of Summit County’s population is not fair, in my opinion. Just as eliminating a Spanish Language program in a country where Spanish was the primary language in favor of an English Language program in order to improve communication with (roughly) 14 percent of the population who spoke English primarily would not be fair either, in my opinion. When looking at the big picture, I feel that SPR’s decision to switch programs was not made in the best interest of Summit County’s entire population, regardless of ethnicity.
As I mentioned in my previous letter, KUNC can now be heard on 88.3 FM. Again, my sincere apology to anyone I offended with my previous letter. Additionally, I would like to thank Summit Daily News for printing these letters and for producing such an excellent newspaper for FREE!