Friday, August 19, 2011

170 Million Americans…and counting.

By Megan Wagner

Big BirdImagine a world without Big Bird, Clifford or Antiques Roadshow.  Hard to comprehend, right?  These programs, and many more, have become so deeply ingrained into our culture and seem priceless – and all it costs you is less than a cup of coffee or a bus pass.

Did you know that 170 million Americans utilize public broadcasting? That’s over half of the U.S. population!  The numbers are quite impressive, especially when you compare them to the figures below.  More Americans utilize public broadcasting than:Sovereigns Parade at Sandhurst. Prince William watched by Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and Camilla passes out at the Sovereign Parade, Royal Military Academy, taken by HM The Queen at the end of his military training.<br />Photo Ian Jones

  • · watched the 2011 Super Bowl
  • · tuned in for the Royal Wedding
  • · own dogs or cats (combined)
  • · the number of people who follow the top four celebrities on Twitter: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Barak Obama and Katy Perry (combined).

There are also several cool infographics that further explain public broadcasting by the numbers.

Are you one of the 170 million Americans that enjoys high quality TV and radio from PBS, NPR and more?  Annual federal funding amounts to only $1.35 per American. Seems like a smart tax investment, right? 

Visit today and find out how you can support your favorite programs.  Also, follow 170 Million Americans on Facebook, Twiiter and YouTube!  Help keep Big Bird, Clifford and Antiques Roadshow around for many more years to come.

What are your favorite programs and what do you do to support them?

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