Support for NPR comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

You may have heard this line on your local NPR member station after news bulletins. Its not surprising, the arts and public radio have been linked for decades. When public radio first became common around the country, almost all of the stations ran classical music, except for the presentation of "All Things Considered" and later "Morning Edition."

Classical music is one of the major things the NEA funds, along with opera, theatre, folk art, and the visual arts.

The thing is, the classical music is disappearing, as are other "artsy" programs.

Locally, WNIN has just announced "next-gen WNIN," which relegates classical music to the late evening and overnight hours. Further, they are removing WHYY's extremely popular "Fresh Air" program, which often interviews actors, directors, dancers, authors, and other generally interesting people.

So too did a recent decision from WGBF in Boston to drop jazz to air news all night. And Vermont Public Radio. And WESA (nee WDUQ) in Pittsburgh. And Western Kentucky University's public radio network a couple of years ago.

I'm OK with local stations having the right to choose which programs they air, but maybe the National Endowment for the Arts should move its support elsewhere since NPR's member stations are choosing politics over art.