One of the questions posed by the original save KUT Austin group asked whether any of the members of station management received compensation from other entities. (These questions were ignored by KUT and its UT bosses.) This came about because general manager Stewart Vanderwilt is also the director of Public Radio International (PRI—see link), one source of canned programs airing on NPR affiliates. It’s a natural question, given the direction Vanderwilt has taken the station: Did he otherwise benefit for taking this direction? Also of note on board of PRI is one Henry Becton Jr., the  WGBH Foundation vice chair, who recently unloaded $3.7 million worth of Becton, Dickinson stock. It just makes you wonder about how the dots connect in the country-club set that lounges in the corridors of power at our public stations…


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