As you read this column, the staff here at Ozarks Public Broadcasting is wrapping up the last of several major annual reports necessary to qualify for our federal funding. The reporting requirements for public broadcasting stations are arduous, holding each station accountable for every dollar we receive. And that’s just as it should be. As we work through these reports each year, they act as a physical reminder of the faith the citizens of our community place in us, and the responsibility we have to wisely steward the funds we receive. And I can tell you, without hesitation, that your local stations take that responsibility very seriously.
Our staff works tirelessly to efficiently turn that federal seed money into the resources we need to serve our community. For every dollar we receive from the federal government, we raise approximately an additional $3 to ensure the quality and stability of the stations. It’s this public/private partnership – the powerful combination of federal seed money, pooled with the support of local community members and organizations – that makes public broadcasting what it is today: a free source for quality, non-commercial information and entertainment. I thank you for helping ensure the success of this partnership with your support of OPT, and I hope you take great pride in the commitment we make to both wise stewardship and community service.
We hope you can join us on Saturday, February 20 for OPT’s 5th Annual Seuss Science Day at the Discovery Center in Springfield. This is one of the best days of the year – filled with activities for kids of all ages, readings of Dr. Seuss books, and even The Cat himself! We’ll see you there!