National Public Radio (usually shortened to NPR, stylized as npr) is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States of America.NPR produces and distributes news and cultural programming.Individual public radio stations are not required to broadcast all NPR programs that are produced.
NPR's flagships are two drive time news broadcasts, Morning Edition and the afternoon All Things Considered; both are carried by most NPR member stations, and are two of the most popular radio programs in the country.
NPR manages the Public Radio Satellite System, which distributes NPR programs and other programming from independent producers and networks such as American Public Media and Public Radio International.
Its content is also available on-demand via the web, mobile, and podcasts.
In June 2010, the organization announced that it was "making a conscious effort to consistently refer to ourselves as NPR on-air and online" because NPR is the common name for the organization and the tag line "This ...
is NPR" has been used by its radio hosts for many years.
This act was signed into law by President Lyndon B.
Johnson, and established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which also created the Public Broadcasting Service in addition to NPR.
A CPB organizing committee under John Witherspoon first created a Board of Directors chaired by Bernard Mayes.
The board then hired Donald Quayle to be the first president of NPR with 30 employees and 90 charter member stations, and studios in Washington, D. NPR aired its first broadcast in April 1971, covering United States Senate hearings on the Vietnam War.
A month later, the afternoon drive-time newscast All Things Considered began, on May 3, 1971, first hosted by Robert Conley.
NPR was primarily a production and distribution organization until 1977, when it merged with the Association of Public Radio Stations.