I was disappointed to read that KCBX will be terminating broadcast of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meetings beginning in 2013. The reasons given did not make sense to me:
It was said by KCBX management that everyone can stream the meetings on the internet. For us who live in rural areas and who are most affected by the decisions made by the board, we do not all have smart phones with good cell reception, or we may not be able to afford the extra $30 per month for a data package.
By the time we pledge a dollar a day to KCBX, $365 is no longer in the budget for the data plan. While we are working in the field, we do not have our home internet connection available to allow us to stream the meetings. In short, those of us in the unincorporated areas have no good alternatives to a radio broadcast.
It was also said that there is no profit in airing public meetings. I know times are tough for public radio, as well as for all nonprofits. But if the dollar value of airtime were the only criteria for being on the air, public radio would not exist. Serving the public is the best reason to have a public radio station, and bringing democracy to the airwaves should still be a priority for public radio.
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I urge KCBX to keep the supervisors meetings on the air.