It’s estimated that TV stations’ political ad revenues were around $2.6 billion last year – a 68 percent increase from just 4 years ago.
This was the first big election since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010 that declared corporations to be people and money to be speech. The ruling made 2012 a good year for TV stations that get paid to air political ads.
2012 was a rough year for Missouri farmers battling severe drought and extreme heat, but some species of wildlife did well – specifically, turkeys, bobwhite quail and honeybees. As part of St. Louis Public Radio’s series “A Good Year,” Marshall Griffin talked with a number of people who observed the three species during the long, hot summer.
The arts community in St. Louis offers a wide variety of performances and venues with music, art, theater, dance, and more.
As we continue our “A Good Year” series, host Steve Potter talked with Vince Schoemehl, President of Grand Center, Inc., and Cynthia Prost, President of the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis, about why it was a “good year” for the arts.
In addition to a wide ranging discussion with guests, we asked our listeners to contribute their highlights.
As we close the curtain on 2012, St. Louis Public Radio is examining the ideas and people that had a good year. Among those are the marketing efforts generated to proclaim to the world that the city of St. Louis officially "does not suck."