So this is the end of March Blogness, but please, don’t be so sad. Actually, writing 10 posts in 10 days was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I now have a new appreciation for the folks who do this everyday. Thank god I didn’t go with my original idea of 30 in 30 or I’d be in the loony bin. So for this last post, I’ve been struggling to come up with something to write about. Do I write it like a season finale and end with a cliff hanger? Do I just write something and stop in the middle with a cut to black like the last episode of the Sopranos? Can I get the rights to use a Journey song? Oh nevermind.
Well, I didn’t want to end like it this but, there is one thing going on right now that is pretty important. Governor Ed Rendell has decided to zero out funding for Pennsylvania PBS stations in his new budget proposal. Not cut funding – ELIMINATE IT. So that may not seem like a big deal but if it happens, that means WQED will lose $1.1 million dollars. Let me tell you, $1.1 million dollars is a HUGE deal. Think about your home budget and then subtract $1.1 million dollars. How do you make that up? Take a guess. If this goes through, there will be some big changes coming to this building, and one of them will probably be the end of our show.
If it wasn’t for state funding, we would not have produced our 3 statewide specials Eat Pennsylvania, Offbeat Museums, and Strange Pennsylvania. State funding is a huge factor in making OnQ possible and if OnQ isn’t around, neither is Dave & Dave.
So I know the economy is in the dumps right now and everyone needs to make cuts, but is this really the place to do it? You know how much it costs you in taxes to keep QED around? Take a guess. It costs you 10 cents. 10 cents for crying out loud! And at least you can turn on your TV anytime you want and see where your 10 cents is going. Good luck seeing where else your state tax dollars are going.
So I didn’t want to end this all doom and gloom but there is something you can do about it and it’s very easy. The final budget won’t be passed for a few months so until then, drop a quick e-mail to the governor and say you want funding to remain for WQED and the other PBS stations around the commonwealth. Let your voice be heard. Here’s his address firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know the emails of any of your state senators or congressmen, drop them an email as well. If you’re like me and you’re not sure who your representative is, click here and find out -http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/find.cfm. I’ve worked at QED for over 15 years now, and it seems like we have to go through this every couple years. Some bureaucrat decides he doesn’t like something he saw on our channel so he tries to send a message by cutting our funding. But I believe (and since I work inside here I know for a fact) that public television is one of the best values you can get for your tax dollars. I won’t go on and on about why PBS is so great, but if you like our little show, help us out and let the state government know.
Thanks, and hopefully next March we’ll be around to figure out how to fill out 10 more blog posts in 10 days.
No big TV stars with the same first name of a locally produced show were harmed in any way during the writing of this blog. Well, there is a little carpal-tunnel thing going on, but its not too bad. – Dave R