Friends of SDPB works to preserve funding for public media

Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting, in partnership with advocates for more than 400 public radio and television stations across the country, is re-launching an online grassroots campaign to sustain federal funding for public media under a new name and Web site, “Protect My Public Media” at

The new interactive Web site, formerly “170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting,” allows users to share their experiences with public media and take action from their desktop, tablet or phone.

The site explains how all Americans benefit from a strong public media system. For just $1.35 per person per year, more than 98 percent of the U.S. population can enjoy free, over-the-air and online news, educational and cultural programming. In addition, local public media stations work with teachers, parents and schools to provide free educational content and resources. Stations also serve as a communications lifeline during times of emergency and crisis, and they provide citizenship services ranging from local public affairs programming to coverage of state government to the preservation of America’s history and culture.

“SDPB and other public media stations are an essential part of our local communities,” says Julie Andersen, Executive Director of SDPB, which includes Television, Radio, Online, Education and Outreach. “‘Protect My Public Media’ allows our station’s local supporters to take action more easily on behalf of our local service and the programs they enjoy.”

The new “Protect My Public Media” Web site features a blog that highlights news and facts about public media stations. The campaign continues to engage supporters on Facebook and Twitter.

About Protect my Public Media

Protect My Public Media is a collaboration of public radio and television stations, national organizations, and listeners and viewers across the country who support federal funding for public media. This project receives no government funding. For more information on Protect My Public Media, visit

About South Dakota Public Broadcasting

South Dakota Public Broadcasting is a statewide multi-media network offering quality entertainment and lifelong learning via Television, Radio, Internet and Education & Outreach. For information about SDPB and the Friends of SDPB, go to or call 800-456-0766.

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