John Guthrie grew up in Louisville, moved away to attend college and work for 10 years, and returned four years ago. He works for a small consulting company that works with nonprofit organizations throughout the region on fund raising, Board development and management consulting. His fiancé frequently gets irritated (and loves) by his zeal and passion for our fair city.
This was harder than I thought, not because there are so many things to love about Louisville (which there are), but because one thing, leads to another thing, leads to another thing, as some of the mayoral candidates’ contributions demonstrate. And so I have chosen WFPL 89.3 FM our NPR news station. There are two other stations operated by Louisville Public Media, but for me it’s all about WFPL.
Everywhere I’ve lived I’ve had the good fortune of very good public radio stations that covered the local news well, but Louisville Public Media and WFPL have taken it to another level. While most news organizations are cutting back dramatically, WFPL goes out and hires Kristen Espeland Gourlet (sp?) to cover the environment, among other topics, Elizabeth Kramer covering the arts and humanities, Gabe Bullard blogging and keeping an eye on the local politicos. For those not mentioned I love you too, except maybe Todd Mundt, the jury is still out on him (heh).
I am a news junky, and WFPL keeps me up to date on local, national and international goings-on. Getting my fix of local news has become harder since the Courier-Journal began, and continues to cut staff and pages at an alarming rate. WFPL is there morning noon and night. In fact they helped keep me out of a traffic jam this morning. I find myself trying to get to the car so I don’t miss the 5:30 pm news with Susan Sweeney Crum. WFPL and its staff provide quality reporting on timely subjects and issues, covered in meaningful and intelligent ways. Not many news organizations can say that these days.
Kristen had an incredible story last year that seemed to go on forever (in a good way) about mining in Eastern Kentucky and the impacts it has on people, communities and the environment. Elizabeth Kramer reported on and recorded a talk given by the President of the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C. who visited our fair city last fall. The paper of record in Louisville barely reported it until the next Sunday’s Arts section. I forwarded the link to the pod cast to several people who couldn’t attend. Gabe’s been here two years and is covering city hall as well or better than any other local reporters who’ve been here a lot longer.
So let me say thank you to all the people who make WFPL worth listening to each day. I also want to encourage everyone who listens to become a member, because they need and deserve our support for the work and service they provide to our community. And if their tweets are any indication, they are cool people I’d like to hang out with sometime.