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Corporation for Public Broadcasting Under Serious Threat

For nearly 50 years, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has supported high quality programming across non-commercial radio, television and digital platforms. WERU receives 25% ($125,000) of its annual operating funds from CPB, funds that provide for informative national syndicated programming and also help cover numerous operational expenses, from electricity to equipment to staffing. 

Media reports indicate the new administration will make cuts that will hurt non-commercial media outlets across the United States. There is also a bill in the U.S. Congress to defund the CPB.  You can help protect community media by telling your story to our elected officials in Washington about what WERU means to you and why cutting CPB funding would be a huge blow.

The Hill reports the Trump transition team is preparing sweeping cuts, including an end through privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For nearly 50 years, CPB has supported high quality programming across non-commercial radio, television and digital platforms. 

CPB has been a perennial target of some political factions over disputes related to NPR programming. However, ending CPB affects thousands of organizations, including many community radio stations, which have nothing to do with these debates and have no editorial power.

You can help protect WERU funding by telling our prepresentatives in Congress why community and public media are important to you and your community.  Thank you!


Senator Susan Collins:

413 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

Main: (202) 224-2523

Fax: (202) 224-2693


68 Sewall Street, Room 507

Augusta, ME 04330 

(207) 622-8414



Senator Angus King:

133 Hart Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

(202) 224-5344


202 Harlow St.

Suite 20350

Bangor, ME 04401

(207) 945-8000



Congressman Bruce Poliquin:

1208 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-6306

Fax: (202) 225-2943


6 State Street

Suite 101

Bangor, ME 04401

Phone: (207) 942-0583

Fax: (207) 942-7101



Congresswoman Chellie Pingree:

2162 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington DC 20515

(202) 225-6116


1 Silver Street

Waterville, ME 04901

(207) 873-5713



WERU Mission Statement:

WERU Community Radio is an independent, noncommercial, educational media organization.  Our mission is to engage with the community to provide diverse music, entertainment and alternative news and public affairs programming, with emphasis on local people, issues and cultures.


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