Mike, after re-reading the original post, this line kinda jumped out at me. I'm sure you didn't mean it the way it came across, but public radio and public television are certainly not ripping anybody off when they have their telethons (or beg-a-thons, as I affectionately call them). You could probably say the opposite; most people are willing to "rip off" (figuratively speaking) these stations by watching/listening without contributing. When they make these offerings, they are on the air to raise money for a non-profit organization, not to sell product.
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When I think of all the great music I've seen on PBS stations: Klezmer by Itzak Perlman & Andy Statman, Austin City Limits (mando content: Newgrass Revival w/Sam Bush), and so on, I'm glad to do what little I can to keep them on the air! In fact, the only Celtic radio shows in our area are the locally produced Fret & Fiddle on KRCL (mentioned previously) and syndicated Thistle & Shamrock on KUER; both non-commercial radio.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all!
"... beauty is not found in the excessive but what is lean and spare and subtle" - Terry Tempest Williams