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For immediate release
May 3, 2005
Jenny Lawhorn, 202.513.2754

Congressmen Blumenauer and Gillmor Receive Public Radio Leadership Award

Blumenauer and Gillmor are widely acclaimed for their unwavering of support for America's public radio stations.

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Board of Directors of NPR (National Public Radio) today presented the 2005 Public Radio Leadership Award to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, (D-Oregon, 3rd District) and to Congressman Paul Gillmor (R-Ohio, 5th District).

The Public Radio Leadership Awards were inaugurated in 2004 to recognize outstanding public service contributions to public radio. Tim Eby, NPR Board Chairman, and Kevin Klose, NPR President and CEO, presented the award during a gathering of public radio leaders.

Reps. Blumenauer and Gillmor are widely acclaimed throughout the public radio community for their unwavering of support for America's public radio stations. Today, more than 780 NPR stations serve a weekly cumulative audience of 30 million listeners with news, talk, information and entertainment programs. Increasingly, public radio is known not just as the only remaining source of local, regional and national news and information programming, but also as the source of choice. Stations rely on grants from the federally funded CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) for essential operating costs. On average, about 14 percent of a station's overall annual budget is funded by the CPB.

Congressman Blumenauer helped to create and later became the co-chair of the Congressional Public Broadcasting Caucus, a forum for members of Congress to discuss and advocate for public broadcasting and the important public services it provides. He has been a champion of public broadcasting year after year, leading others in urging the Chairs of the House Appropriations Subcommittees to approve funds for public broadcasting.

Congressman Gillmor, co-chair of the Public Broadcasting Caucus, supports the important partnership between public radio stations, listeners and the Congress that has been the cornerstone of financial stability and expanded public service for the past three decades. He has brought leadership and bipartisanship to congressional support for public broadcasting.

"All of us in public radio express our deepest thanks to representatives Blumenauer and Gillmor for recognizing our value and promoting and advocating for our system," said Klose. "For four decades, public broadcasting and the Congress have worked together to bring distinct programs and diversity of opinion on the airwaves of public broadcasting stations. Our partnership, and our relationship with listeners, works because friends like these step forward to lead."

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NPR is renowned for journalistic excellence and standard-setting news and entertainment programming. A privately supported, non-profit, membership organization, NPR serves a growing audience of 23 million Americans each week in partnership with more than 780 public radio stations. International partners in cable, satellite and short-wave services make NPR programming accessible anywhere in the world. With original online content and audio streaming, offers hourly newscasts, special features and eight years of archived audio and information.