Today was the last day for the NPR program Day to Day.  I am going to miss it.  I thought the program had a real upbeat, west coast kind of feel to it.  NPR is too east coast/New England seeming to me.  Nothing wrong with the foregoing, I just think a wider variety of approaches are better.

The shrinking of Media resources is very troubling to me.  Any other NPR nerds out there, or anyone else have a view on this shrinkage?




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  1. I am a self-appointed NPR nerd. Shame they are cutting the show you mentioned. NPR online is wonderful. It’s a great place to hear new/different musicians I would have never found. I love to listen when I’m driving, despite the family. The wife is not into news/politics on the radio, but does like the ‘human interest’ stories.
    The teenage daughter has her Ipod and cellphone so that she doesn’t have be exposed to those awful current events.

    • lilacluvr

      I enjoy watching Bill Moyers on KPTS and was surprised to hear that someone on Fox News try to say Bill Moyers was in the top 5 list of the worst Liberal smear merchants.

      But then, I did consider the source when I heard those two words – Fox News.

      I do think with all the corporations buying up everything, we have ended up with two sides basically fighting against each other. With all this fighting, who is really watching to see exactly what is happening to our country?

      I cannot stand these political shows that have two guests on and both sit and just try to out-yell the other one. At the end of the yelling, has anything changed?

  2. About the ‘shrinkage’.
    It is a shame. Our local small town paper has all but quit carrying anything about world and national news. I understand their survival strategy, there’s just too much of that already. Too many players trying to sell the same stories.
    I sincerely hope their new format will work. It is mostly local news, and they have an excellent writer or two, who cover local issues and colorful characters.
    We need to support public media (NPR & PBS) as well as some ‘fringe’ elements, before all we have is a couple of diametrically opposed huge news corporations.
    Buy your local paper, listen to your hometown radio station, before they’re just one of those things from ‘back in the day’.

  3. prairiepond

    Heh SEKB. The paper I’m working on doesnt carry much if any national news either. Just what I rant about in my editorial column.

    Funny thing, but small papers are doing really well while the big ones are struggling. People like hometown news, especially the folks who have moved away. And you know what they ask for all the time?

    More “chicken dinner” news. You know, like so-and-so had Sunday lunch with so-and-so and then they all went to the DQ for ice cream before playing cards.

    Really. We make fun of little papers because they print stuff like that, but come to find out, it’s what the out of towners really like. Reminds them of home and keeps them in touch with the real world.

    I think a heck of a lot of folks still sort of “pine” as they say in Texas, for the small town life. They dont want to give up their big grocery stores or shopping or entertainment or salaries in the big city, but there is always a part of them wishing for a five minute commute, the opportunity to go home for lunch, and the one finger (not THAT finger) wave over the steering wheel for every car/truck that passes.

    And you know what else? We cant get the locals to GIVE us their “chicken dinner” news. They are ashamed of it and think it makes them look like hicks.

    The contradictions of small town life. What we have, we think is hickish. And yet, it’s what our city mice cousins still want. Go figger.

  4. wicked

    I remember the “chicken dinner” news in the paper of the small town where I went to high school. In fact, while going through a box of old stuff the other day, I found one of those defunct papers and decided i MUST keep it, for nostalgia sake. I loved reading those “chicken dinner” notices. They most often ended with “and a good time was had by all”.

    Too bad that newspaper became combined with several other small towns and has nothing even close to “chicken dinner” news. Mostly its reporting on high school sports, which I really don’t give a fig about. The paper is also online, but they want me to pay a subscription! Uh, no thanks. I’ll get my news from the grapevine. It’s much more interesting!

  5. wicked

    I was born and spent my early childhood in the “big city”, moved to a small town for my teen and early adult years, then married and moved to the boonies, only to make a complete circle by moving back to the small town and now in the city.

    Which do I like best? I don’t have a favorite. I’ve found that each has its pros and cons. The one thing I miss about living in the boonies is the opportunity to walk…up and down the road that was rarely traveled, except during harvest…and at any time of day. After 24 years of living in the middle of nowhere, I became accustomed to the quiet and solitude. Closest neighbor was 1/4 mile away, and nobody bothered me or cared what I was doing. I even did some of that real sunbathing. The kind with no tan lines. 🙂 No way can I do that in the city.

    But what I do like about the city is that I don’t have to drive 30 miles to buy groceries or to get some fast food or to see a movie or have a nice dinner. It won’t take the emergency vehicles half an hour to get to me if they need to. (Or shouldn’t!) The cable is better, too. 🙂 But I still miss the old life…except for the hard work. 😀

  6. prairiepond

    Heh, wicked. You pretty much nailed it all. I have to keep the pantry stocked because, ya know, it’s a twenty mile drive one way to the nearest convenience store. And I miss having the perks of the big city. I think the thing I miss the most about the city, other than the grocery stores, is the anonymity. Everyone here knows everything and watches everything about me. WTF? I’m just not that interesting. And they say the “caring” of your neighbors makes up for the lack of privacy, but I havent found that to be true. I could use a little less “caring” and a little more privacy.

    But living twenty miles from town and ten miles from the nearest paved road gives me more privacy than most. I’m ok, unless I go to town. Before I started this job, I only went twice a month for salt, shotgun shells, and coffee.

    heheheh. Now? I’m thrilled with truck stop pancakes.

    I’m a really cheap date….

  7. prairiepond

    Oh yeah, and my favorite part of the chicken dinner news was when someone said they “motored to Hays” or wherever.

    Motored? Like the alternative was… a horse?

    This was only a few years ago. A quaint term that always made me smile.

    I dont miss horses one bit!

  8. fnord

    I’m a city girl, but I tell you visiting prairiepond’s farm was a treat! The beauty of nature can’t be beaten. The convenience of a city also can’t be beaten.

    Prairiepond I’m guessing you know who ‘wicked’ is? I’ll do this backwards to guard against google and let everyone know — denitsederP. If others join us, I’ll update the ‘who is who’ list.

    Is anyone else watching 60 Minutes?

  9. wicked

    I made my trips to town (the city) every other week on payday, buying groceries and running errands. I could pick up a few food items at the convenience store 4+ miles away, but the price was much higher and the selection was lean. It was 15 miles to the closest town, and again the price was higher. We shopped a lot at Sam’s because there were 6 of us. Which is why I bought 8 gallons of milk every two weeks, except when we had our own dairy for a short time.

    You’re farther into the boonies than I was, for sure. But I hear ya on the “caring” folk. Another of the cons of small town and rural living. With the good, there also must be the bad.

  10. Motoring, huh? I love it.
    My niece married a guy from Looz-e-anna.
    He and I were ‘motoring’ somewhere together and he used one I’d never heard.
    “Let the window up.”

    Ya’ll know me, if’n I had my way. I’d be a’ writen’ in the vernacular!

  11. prairiepond

    Thanks fnord, I did figure out wicked’s identity. She’s the only one who could have written those fine posts. And besides, she can drive a combine, something I’ve admired and envied ever since she confessed it!

    heheheh SEKB. They do come up with some good ones in the deep south, particularly in Looooosiana. Those coon asses have some colorful language. But then, they lead colorful and joyful lives in the face of some real poverty.

    I mean, who else but a poor person would eat nutria and make it taste DAMN good?

    Let the good times roll, mi cher!

  12. prairiepond

    Hee hee heeee. Still laughing about “let the window up”. Knowing that real people talk that way, it makes “stand the floor up” somewhat plausible.

    In low German, the words “to flow” and “to walk” are similar if not the same. My Dad made me laugh ’till I cried one day when he said “Gebacht (watch out) and dont go where that water is walking”.

    I miss him….

  13. fnord

    There’s an article in the morning paper of my little city about the final volume of a dictionary of regional phrases and words being ready for print.

    It’s titled, “Dictionary of American Regional English.” I think it should quickly become known as the Cassidy dictionary. Cassidy, an English professor, began working on this dictionary in earnest in 1965. He died in 2000 after the first four volumes were complete, but before this new “S” to “Z” volume was finished. His headstone reads, “On to Z!”

    Check this out:

  14. prairiepond

    Wow, does that mean after sixteen years of living there, I will FINALLY understand “Texas speak”?