NPR should be considered as deadly to local media and localization of news and content as Clear Channel.
If you give them money, stop. Now. Give it to your local KGNU like community station or Pirate Radio station, or bike coop, or, hell anything with some local focus. These guys are a bunch of old jackasses trying to protect and expand there 'franchise', just like any other business.
These bastards teamed up with the NAB (yea.. THAT NAB...) to shut down Low Power FM (LPFM) in 2000 by buying off a couple of weak senators. They're at it again: From Ars Technica:
National Public Radio continues to move aggressively against Federal Communications Commission proposals that would, if not allow nonprofits to build more Low Power FM stations (LPFM), at least let existing ones survive the intrusion of new full power neighbors. NPR is quite plain about the matter in its FCC filings: it stands opposed to the Low Power exceptions, even though they …