I must second Karl Miller's post:
>My perspective looks what our local classical station used to cost...
>with a full time staff of three people: station manager, program
>director/announcer, secretary-fundraiser, plus two on-call engineers for
>transmitter maint. Most of the minor equipment repairs were done by the
>manager, who also helped with the transmitter maintenance...people gave
>freely of their time to host programs some of which drew from their own
>specialized collections. We also had some part time announcers.
I am a veteran of a long-deceased non-commercial station which operated
much as Karl describes, broadcasting a great VARIETY of programming
including but not limited to CM. Our budget was about one tenth of what
the typical NPR station spends on its proliferation of high-end
administrative salaries, secretaries, and placeholders. FM radio is not
the only place in US society where internal bloat is mysteriously combined
with lowest-common-denominator product.
That being said, I realize that impersonal pressures contribute to this
syndrome, and I salute John Proffitt for keeping his NPR station to a
Jon Gallant and Dr. Phage