Alec Baldwin rants against public radio

By Robert Kirchgassner,
Alec Baldwin arriving at the 65th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2011 in New York City.

Actor Alec Baldwin is making rants about public radio, despite his announcement for launching a podcast on New York’s WNYC radio.

Baldwin’s rants have been airing for about a month and have reached stations like WNYC and KPCC in Los Angeles.

“Hello, this is Alec Baldwin from television,” he begins. “You’ve heard of TV -- the dominant broadcast medium of our age.”

“Please, this pledge drive, don’t give. Let public radio sputter and die a slow underfunded death. Let’s end this experiment of broadcasting from a sense of mission and civic purpose. Let’s return all radio in this country to its proper mission -- selling advertising and making money,” he continued.

His new show will be available via podcast on Oct. 24. WNYC, which Baldwin has put in air time for in the past, announced that Baldwin’s first guest will be Michael Douglas. Future guests will include Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins and actress Kathleen Turner.

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