I've been reading lots of people trashing NPR over its firing of Juan Williams the last few days. I'd like to join in, but make it a little more local.

Here in Evansville, I have access to WNIN-FM, and Western Kentucky Public Radio. The transmission sites are about ten miles apart. And the programming is mostly duplicative.

Here is a listing of programs that are identical between the two stations during the workweek midnight-4am: Classical Music (different classical music programming, but still classical music)
4am-9am: NPR Morning Edition
1pm-3pm: NPR Talk of the Nation
3pm-6pm: NPR All Things Considered
8pm-midnight: Classical Music (different classical music programs, but still classical music)
Further, both stations run "WHYY Fresh Air" at 11am and Noon, respectively.

To put it another way, during the 120 hours which comprise the typical work week, 60 hours are completely identical, word-for-word, and 100 hours are similarly themed (the 40 hours per week when both are running classical music plus the 60 identical hours).

I've always been bothered slightly by this, but I realized that there are almost no NPR stations which do not carry Morning Edition or ATC. When WNIN added Talk of the Nation for ten hours every week, I became a little more frustrated with the situation. After all, I can sit in my office with a portable radio and switch between the two services at will. I liked the ability to choose between TATN and classical music with Daniel Moore every day.

This sour grapes moment brought to you by Juan Williams.