Thursday, April 06, 2006

NPR fans are downloading podcasts of their favorite programs in order to avoid the annoying pledge drives:
JoAnna Michaels is an inveterate listener of National Public Radio, but she won't be tuning in as much this month.

Her local Las Vegas affiliate, KNPR, kicked off its spring membership drive last week with program interruptions pleading for donations, so Michaels is bypassing that semiannual annoyance by loading up her MP3 player with various National Public Radio programs available in whole or in part for free as podcasts.

"Why would I sit through all of that if I can get what I like for free online, listen to it on my own time and not be guilted for weeks into giving money?" says Michaels, a real estate agent who says her husband donates to the station on behalf of her family. "I've even found a whole bunch of NPR shows online that aren't on NPR here, which is so great."
I can't say I blame her.