Being a global city isn’t just a tagline promoted by some Chicago politician. Chicagoans embrace their international relationships and Worldview is a program that makes the connections between global and local. During my ten years working at Chicago Fair Trade, I saw these connections supported through the sharing of these global stories on Worldview.
So I’m perplexed by WBEZ management being unwilling to revisit their decision to cancel the program. “Listener supported”-that is a phrase we hear constantly when we are listening to WBEZ. “We’re different from other radio stations” we are told by the pledge drive commentators. Well, here is a moment where WBEZ can show that it can listen to its listeners who have spoken so eloquently over the past few weeks about the significance of Worldview for our city and region. It doesn’t have to remain locked into a questionable decision when new evidence of broad support for a program is demonstrated. It’s not too late for WBEZ to show that “public” matters in Public Radio and that it can be responsive to its listeners and reverse this decision to cancel Worldview.Nancy Jones
Founder and former Executive Director, Chicago Fair Trade
Join Nancy Jones in advocating for Worldview by signing the letter to Chicago Public Media.