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50th Anniversary Of The Public Broadcasting Act

Nov 7, 2017

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act, legislation that created our public media system and enables our station to serve our community with high-quality noncommercial content and services.

 Protect My Public Media is hosting a social media celebration to commemorate public media’s golden anniversary, and you’re invited to participate.

The campaign is asking viewers and listeners to share why they value local public media stations, like ours, on social media. Once a story is shared, a pin is dropped on a virtual map.

The goal is to fill the map and demonstrate the nationwide support for public media on its birthday.

If our station has enriched your life, we encourage you to share your story hereToday actually marks the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting act of 1967. When Lyndon Johnson signed the law into effect it created the mechanism that has brought us NPR and PBS, all these years. 

Former Michigan Congressman John Dingell was among the act, architects of the Act and in 2014 reflected on the importance of public broadcasting at WEMU's "State of the Station" event, and you can listen here:

—-89.1 WEMU is a proud partner of Protect My Public Media, a collaboration of local public radio and television stations, national distributors, producers, viewers, listeners and others who support a strong public media in the United States. The campaign is an effective tool to protect future federal funding for public media stations. Find out more about the campaign at protectmypublicmedia.org.