And if we're a non-profit, we have to do so publicly.
(Disclaimer: I'm not an accountant, but the forms are simple, so I don't think I got anything wrong here.)
NPR's annual budget (in 2005) was $110,000,000.
Their top five on-air earners were:
Renee Montagne - $308,374 (plus $30,640 in benefits & deferred compensation)
Steve Inskeep - $301,856 ($35,572)
Robert Siegel - $288,795 ($24,480)
Scott Simon - $266,821 ($33,572)
Alex Chadwick - $235,173 ($29,564)
The CEO, Kevin Klose, made $577,325, plus $284,475 in deferred compensation & benefits.
Other information gleaned...
NPR spent $232,742 on transcription services from Berrelles Information Services
NPR spent $263,631 on lobbying services
NPR spent $11,795,300 on content aquisition from outside sources
NPR had $84,833,067 in securities, and total assets of $165,959,704
NPR's phone bill was $2,069,720
Do I post all of this to say it's outrageous or unbelievable? Absolutely not. I'd say if you compared this to the budget of CNN or some other, comparable operation, you'd have to say it's a good value. As the Boston Globe points out, $300K is 1/20th what Brian Williams makes.
USA Weekend is the newspaper magazine that you get if your newspaper doesn't have a magazine. It's published by the same folks who create USA Today.
Almost a year ago, they decided to do a feature in which celebrity experts pick a favorite podcast, and Our Hero Patton Oswalt was nice enough to pick The Sound. The piece just ran this weekend.
Top podcast picks
Favorites from experts in their category.
By Dennis McCafferty
Whatever the topic, podcasts empower the masses. There are more than 24,000 podcasters listed by podcastdirectory.com, and 20 new ones are added every day. Given that it's a large pond out there, USA WEEKEND Magazine recently got together with three high-profile pros and asked them which podcasts they like to listen to on the Web:
Patton Oswalt, best known as Spence on CBS' "King of Queens," also is featured on Comedy Central's "Comedians of Comedy"
His pick: Jesse Thorn's "The Sound of Young America" (maximumfun.org)
"Thorn and his superlative show have already been profiled in "Time." He knows how to interview comedians and gives them endless opportunities to be funny. That's a skill."
Inside "The Sound of Young America"
Basics: It's a weekly, hour-long show with two or three interviews and often a sketch, created by Thorn, 25, an unemployed receptionist who lives in Los Angeles. Like most podcasts, it's a no-frills production. Thorn produces the show from his living room, with a couple of microphones, a mixer and a telephone-enabled broadcast machine on his desk connected to a computer, for interview call-ins.
Brushes with Fame:
Terry Jones of Monty Python was a guest. "I grew up obsessed with Python's work," Thorn says. "I was so nervous before calling him up that I was shaking."
What listeners love:
The New Sincerity segment. "It's a rejection of irony," Thorn says.
Sacrifice for art:
Thorn sold his '65 Dodge Dart Coupe to buy production equipment.
Comedian Tony Camin is one of the stars and creators of "The Marijuanalogues." What started as a pun has become an international phenomenon -- jokes by and about pot and it's users. The Marijuanalogues are appearing at Comix in New York City this weekend.
Would You Rather?
We play Would You Rather, as Jim asks us: Would you rather be forced to air-dry after bathing for 10 years, or move to the state of Oregon?
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Our new theme music: "Love You" by The Free Design, courtesy of The Free Design and Light in the Attic Records
You may know David Koechner from his season on Saturday Night Live, or his work in films like "Anchorman" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." You may know Dave "Gruber" Allen from his part in the cult sketch series "The Higgins Boys & Gruber" or as the post-hippie counsellor Mr. Rosso on "Freaks and Geeks."
Together, these two have spent the last eight years honing "The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show," a live stage variety show in which Koechner plays T-Bones, a demented redneck con-artist, and Allen plays The Naked Trucker, a trucker without any clothes on. That stage show's been adapted into Comedy Central series which premiers January 17th.
We talked with Koechner and Allen about their long partnership and the new show.
Please share your thoughts on the show in the comments section & on the forum!
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De Le Soul's EPK (electronic press kit) for their classic first record, "3 Feet High & Rising."
"We are the OTHERS from a BROTHER PLANET."
Thanks to listener Aaron who linked this up in the music video thread on the blog.
This cartoon, by Pendleton Ward, has officially blown my mind. Everyone in America should be required to watch this cartoon. Also - I have no idea what I just saw.
I hereby announce our first project: UPLOAD PICTURES OF YOU HIGH-FIVING! Double points for high-fiving colleagues, triple points for high-fiving (willing) strangers. Quadruple points for high-fiving babies or animals. Plus one for catching some air.
UPDATE: Here's the link to the group!
Ziggie Stardust Live in 1973. What a performer.
Singing "Pathetic Little Fat Man" on Extras this year. Melody by Bowie, lyric by Ricky Gervais.
One of the greatest supporting characters on any television comedy, ever. Seen here conversing with Bob Costas on Later. (for some reason I can't get part one to show up in my browser, if it doesn't show up for you, here's the direct link to youtube)