A member of
the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission was in Kodiak this week and dropped
by KMXT for a tour and a visit. Lisa Vaught is in the fourth year of a
five-year term on the APBC. She previously worked in the office of then-Lieutenant
Governor Loren Leman, and now works as a political campaign consultant.
in Cordova, Vaught said public radio was never far away.
-- (Vaught 1 20 sec "I
grew up in Alaska ... the broadcasting commission.")
funding for public radio has decreased by about 8-million dollars in the past
20 years, and the APBC has been trying to distribute the shrinking pile of
-- (Vaught 2 22 sec "Some
people suggested that ... to see that go away.")
Governor Sean Parnell's proposed budget for next fiscal year will included
neither an increase nor a decrease for public broadcasting:
-- (Vaught 3 54 sec "I
think flat-funding is ... talk to your legislator.")
public radio will have to change with the times, which she admitted some
stations are doing by streaming they're signals over the internet and putting
content on websites. But with state revenues projected to decrease with the
decline of oil flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline, she does not see the
state paying for such media upgrades:
-- (Vaught 4 44 sec "I
just think we will have ... forward with the times.")
one of nine members on the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission, which meets
quarterly to determine capital and operating funding for public radio and
television stations in the state of Alaska. The commission's next meeting will
be in February.
KMXT's Diana Gish contributed to this report.