WRVO (NPR Oswego) played a news piece on the Asian Ringneck Pheasant raise-and-shoot program in NYS, with info on the Reynolds Game Farm in Ithaca, NY.? I didn't catch the whole thing but it sounded rather one-sided. I know from past experience that outcry over one-sided coverage from NPR stations often yields a followup.? I talked to news editor Dave Bullard and he (effectively) said the piece, although not two-sided, probably reveals the awful nature of the NYSDEC's Asian Ringnecked Pheasant program.?
He said North County Radio in Potsdam requested to run the piece. He also seemed open to a followup if there's interest. As we talked, it was clear that they did not know about the Cooperative Extension 4-H program's involvement in this. They also never thought to ask whether it's proper use of tax dollars to run an what is essentially an entertainment program for hunters (certainly they're not subsistance hunters). The DEC was allowed to make the totally unchallenged claim that the program is a huge moneymaker for the state.
He said the piece was not scheduled to be re-run on WRVO. It will probably appear on their web site http://WRVO.fm and as stated, NCPR ( http://www.northc... ) will likely be running it.? I'll post a link to the audio of the story when it becomes available. As this message may be copied, there's no way to know if a followup post from me will reach people reading this, so email me for followup.
We need to get the superstation of public radio in upstate NY (WAMC) covering this as well- better yet, they're located in Albany, where the decision to keep the game farm running was made. WAMC contact info:
Ask WAMC to run the piece:
EMAIL: [address removed], [address removed], [address removed], [address removed], [address removed], [address removed]
Source of news segement:
Original WRVO reporter: Joyce Gramsa [address removed]