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Spokane Public Radio president, general manager looks ahead

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Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Spokane Public Radio aims to sustain quality programming as technology and audiences change, said Cary Boyce, new SPR president and general manager, on Friday.

Speaking to the Rotary Club of Coeur d'Alene, Boyce said the NPR affiliate is looking to adapt in other ways, too.

"We are working to expand and improve service to you," said Boyce, speaking to roughly 100 at a meeting room in The Coeur d'Alene Resort.

Boyce has been with SPR for five months, after working with WFIU, Indiana Public Media, for more than 20 years.

He reminded listeners that SPR consists of three program streams, KPBX, KPBZ and KSFC.

"It really sounds like alphabet soup, and it is, but it also represents coverage," Boyce said.

SPR will be relocating to a downtown Spokane location in the university district this year, he said.

Boyce is also pursuing grant funding to add to SPR's reporting staff, he said.

The station broadcasts over a 20,000-square-mile area, Boyce said. That spans north central and eastern Washington, North Idaho, west Montana, southeast British Columbia and parts of Oregon.

"That's about the size of France," he said.

SPR has plans to purchase a translator that would beef up its signal, he said.

Jessica Robinson, Inland Northwest correspondent for the Northwest News Network, also spoke to the Rotary.

Robinson trolls for overlooked stores in the Coeur d'Alene area that are interesting to audiences across the Inland Northwest, she said.

"I'll do stories that people in big cities might not be aware of, like that there are people who work in mines," she said. "And I don't just do stories that are stereotypically rural. There are lots of innovations in this area."

Sam Hunter, who attended the event, said he listens to some NPR programs, like "Car Talk."

"I think it's very important, and it will continue to be that way," Hunter said of public news radio. "There's something about voiceprint that's different from TV, Internet and print."

Coeur d'Alene resident Valleta O'Day said NPR is the only radio station she listens to.

"It's unbiased," she said. "If you listen to CNN, they've got a point to make. The same as FOX, they're making a point. That's not true for NPR."

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  • truthful1 posted at 11:58 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    we don't none o' dat edumaction bullsquat over 'round here! We is ignorant and proud of it!

    signed every teabilly in Idaho

  • Screen Name posted at 10:24 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    Screen Name Posts: 963

    Idaho Guy: I agree that every person, business and enterprise should sink or swim based on their own merits. Will you join me in seeking the repeal of any and all tax deductions and subsidies for every person, business and enterprise?

  • idahoguy posted at 9:51 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932


    Actually we do not really listen to FOX much. Neither the main polluted stream media either. We simply feel every person, business and enterprise should sink or sawimm based on their own merits and the needs they fulfill in the community proven by the support provided either free or by selling ADs and such.

    Just no tax money and in today's declining economy and failed fiat money system the majority of Americans want huge cut backs on any tax payer sponsored business. We that is other than you ;-0

  • SPUDIO posted at 8:59 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    SPUDIO Posts: 101

    Yea and they don't cover NASCAR . I know NPR is way over "claims he's from Idaho guy's" head. Stick to rush or fox by golly they are fair and balanced.With what they call news- talk on the radio NPR is really all there is to listen to in the panhandle to get any real news except the hourly reports on AM radio! Tax money well spent period!

  • truthful1 posted at 8:11 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    Cut military spending by at least 75% and I'll go with that.

  • idahoguy posted at 7:24 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Oh I hear them on the radio and see them on TV. What a bunch of feel sorry for losers. Sink or swim on your own merits and that also goes for the public at large. Cut entitlements by 75% !!!!!! Cut federal spending by 50%!!!! Get this nation debt free with a savings account again.

  • voxpop posted at 6:47 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Sell ads? I guess you never listen to NPR Idahoguy. They have a sickening number of ads, only they call them "sponsors." And I agree. Their days of taxpayer funding should be ended. Let them compete as does everyone else. If they can con "members" to send them money fine by my. Just don't TAKE it as if they deserve it somehow.
    And the listener who claims NPR is unbiased needs their head examined. NPR is lefty, lefty, lefty and I resent they get any of my taxes to help push their agenda.

  • idahoguy posted at 6:28 am on Sat, Feb 2, 2013.

    idahoguy Posts: 932

    Funny how they "forgot" to mention they collect a lot of tax payer money to fund this operation. It was set up long long ago to provide radio signals where there were none. Now the radio waves, internet and more iseverywhere and this needs to have 100% of any tax payer funding stopped for good. Sell ads like everyone else and join the real world. No more entitlements.

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