And in no particular order…
Ira Glass “works” for National Public Radio.
We get this a lot. “This American Life” is produced by WBEZ in Chicago and distributed by Public Radio International, not NPR. Glass once worked at National Public Radio, but he left those warrens to follow his own muse. The TAL website is copyright © 2008, Chicago Public Radio and Ira Glass, suggesting that the latter enjoys some sort of ownership rights of the program.
Terry Gross has a desk somewhere in the station.
National Public Radio owns WBUR.
Nope. While 90.9. carries NPR programming, Boston University holds the broadcasting license and cuts the checks for Bob Oakes, Robin Young, Tom Ashbrook, Bill Littlefield, our fine stable of local hosts and reporters, and the rest of the staff here at the station.
The Car Talk Guys Have an Office Over there Somewhere
While the inimitable Click ‘n Clack produce their program at our studios, they are not employed by WBUR or NPR. There is, however, no mistaking when they are in the building. Just listen for the peals of laughter and the wisecracks. And, yes, Dewey, Cheetham and Howe is the actual name of their production company.
The Federal Government Funds Most of NPR
There is this myth disseminated from some quarters that National Public Radio is analogous to the BBC or CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) and other “socialized radio.”
This budget information comes from the NPR website (emphasis mine):
* 31% from listeners in the form of pledges, memberships, and other donations
* 20% from businesses via corporate underwriting
* 11% from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which is federally funded*
* 10% from licensee support
* 9% from foundations and major gifts
* 5% from local and state governments, and
* 14% from all other sources.
Public Radio International also receives some funding from the federal government via CPB.