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-6- At Mr. Acheson's request, Mr. Cherkezian described the Smithsonian's radio program, noting the continuing importance of radio to the American public. Radio Smithsonian, begun in 1969, is a weekly half-hour series exploring the ideas, people, and events at the Institution; it is broadcast over the National Public Radio satellite, making its timely programs available across the nation to 65 subscribing stations, Voice of America, and the Armed Forces Radio Network for extremely modest rates. Smithsonian Galaxy, launched in December 1978, is a twice-weekly series of two-and-a-half-minute radio features on little-known facets of science, history, and art; it is distributed on tape free to 230 stations. The Office of Telecommunications has also produced a live radio broadcast of a Smithsonian chamber music concert and hopes to do more. The Committee was supportive of these educational programs and expressed the hope that still more could be done for their wide dissemination. Mr. Perrot gave a brief history of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) program, noting that it now reaches eight million people at 700 museums throughout the world. He and Ms. Loar emphasized the increasing number of SITES exhibitions (now about 25%) which are developed by the Smithsonian and the increasing number of international exhibitions. Ms. Loar added that SITES carries out practically all museum functions (lacking only its own building and collections) and went on to describe various types and complexities of exhibitions, their distribution, budgets and fee structures, and publications. It was noted that funding is derived less than 8% from Federal appropriations, with revenues, Smithsonian trust funds, and grants comprising the bulk of SITES resources. The Committee thanked Ms. Loar and Mr. Perrot for their interesting presentation on this stimulating program.
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