The NPR iPod
The NPR iPod. The only iPod with a built in FM radio. Available for sale only through NPR, its member stations, and as pledge drive premiums. NPR and stations can offer logo-driven aftermarket products for sale or as pledge premiums.
A version iTunes available to current members of local public radio stations. It would have prominent positions for NPR podcasts, station podcasts, and public radio programs and programming streams. There would be links to station web site (or maybe it is the member version of the station web site), the NPR web site, the NPR store, etc. A portion of iTunes music or content sales goes to the member station.
If not Apple, maybe one of Apple's competitors would be interested. After all, the public radio audience is significant. I'm sure there are many thorny details but I believe the concept could work. Seems to me that time is running out to leverage something like this.