Yet after an initial flurry of mostly angry e-mails and calls in the wake of the Oct. 20 firing of Williams, the controversy waned quickly and has all but disappeared, station managers say.
More important, perhaps, is that few contributors revoked financial pledges made to the stations during fundraising drives held the week of Williams’s firing.
New Hampshire Public Radio, for example, raised $473,000 during its fall drive, a record amount for the nonprofit organization that runs a statewide chain of stations. The number of people who called or e-mailed saying they would no longer support the organization “wasn’t significant,” says Betsy Gardella, NHPR’s president and chief executive.
Adds Gardella: “I think our takeaway is that our audience is very loyal and really values what we do.”
The takeaway should also be that these people yell and scream and shriek, but they were never your contributors, and never would be, no matter how many milquetoast weasel-creeps you employ to chide Democrats condescendingly.
Not that this will stop the next wave of OMG FEER THE WRATH OF THE WINGNUTS story when 12 sad sticky people somewhere get het up about something.