Tuesday, March 29, 2005

NPR Hits Record Listenership

I Love Radio.org

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Bob Edwards says dissent stifled

'Former National Public Radio newsman Bob Edwards says the United States is in a McCarthy-like era in which the government stifles political dissent while the news media and the public fail to speak out in opposition.'
Vermont Guardian

International Datacasting Wins $2.7 Million Contract With National Public Radio for New Streaming Audio Network

Press release

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

BBC cuts aim to reduce 'silly' duplication

'BBC News programmes and services will be forced to work more closely together and cut out duplication in order to produce the same output with fewer people, following the loss of 420 jobs.'
The Guardian

Monday, March 21, 2005

When Will Public Radio Deliver Podcasting?

'Adam Curry is ruining radio. For me, anyway. About a month ago, I downloaded the former MTV host’s podcast aggregator, iPodder, and now I’m a regular podcast demon.'
Wade Roush on the Technology Review Daily weblog

Sunday, March 20, 2005

BBC to cut even more jobs

I Love Radio.org

Thursday, March 17, 2005

NPR presents This I Believe

'NPR's® This I Believe, a national project that presents America's core beliefs and values through the voices of its most famous citizens and everyday Americans, will debut on more than 600 public radio stations and NPR.org on April 4, 2005... This I Believe is based on the popular 1950s radio show of the same name, which was hosted by iconic journalist Edward R. Murrow.'
NPR press release

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Change brings mixed reception for WDET

'Few topics engage or inflame radio listeners as much as the state of public radio. Talk to listeners whose favorite show was dumped by Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) in last September's purge, and they sincerely believe that dropping a variety of local music shows is putting 'DET on the path to becoming just another corporate adult contemporary station. But to others, WDET is still one of the few Detroit outlets that consistently plays local music, jazz, blues and techno as part of a diverse mix of music.'
Detroit News

WBEZ to spin off full-time music station

'The biggest expansion of public radio in Chicago ever -- one that would virtually double the output of WBEZ-FM (91.5) and its satellites -- could be just 18 months away. If all goes as planned, Chicago Public Radio will operate two full-time services, turning WBEZ into a 24-hour news and talk station and launching a second 24-hour format of music programming.'
Chicago Sun Times

Monday, March 14, 2005

CBC Chair Carole Taylor Resigns

I Love Radio .org

Sunday, March 13, 2005

WCCO: New Radio Station Aims For Younger Ears

'The playlist of a new Twin Cities radio station called The Current runs from the well-known White Stripes to aboriginal music called didgeridoo that's played on plastic pipes. But while eclectic playlists are often heard on low-wattage college stations, The Current is notable for its high-wattage corporate parent -- Minnesota Public Radio.'
WCCO TV Minneapolis - St Paul

WGUC buys WVXU stations for $15 million

'Cincinnati classical station WGUC-FM (90.9) announced it is purchasing WVXU-FM (91.7) and the seven stations in its X-Star network, which extends from Ohio to Indiana and Michigan, for $15 million. Changes will be slow, at least at first. The deal allows WGUC to shift its news and public affairs programming to WVXU, essentially becoming a classical music juke box.'
The Cincinnati Post

Friday, March 11, 2005

Tavis Smiley returning to public radio

Tavis Smiley, who left NPR in December in a contract dispute, will join PRI with a weekend discussion show next month.
Associated Press via mercurynews.com

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Miami: WLRN board tunes out district proposal

'The community advisory board for WLRN public radio and TV voted to oppose changes that would give the owners, the Miami-Dade school district, more control.'
Miami Herald

FCC: Educational radio stations don't have to share airtime

'Several educational radio stations across Indiana will not have to share their airtime with Hoosier Public Radio, a federal agency ruled. The Federal Communications Commission has rejected six attempts by Marty Hensley, director of Hoosier radio, based in Greenfield, to force the stations to share with his nonprofit company. ... An FCC rule allows one broadcaster to use another's frequency for part of the day if the educational station's owner uses less than 12 hours of airtime.
The rulings affect the student-run stations at four Indianapolis-area high schools, a religious broadcaster in Vincennes, and a National Public Radio station owned by Western Kentucky University.'

Associated Press via Indystar.com

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Nina Totenberg Wins Carr Van Anda Award

NPR Press Release

UML to Produce National Christopher Lydon Radio Show

'The University of Massachusetts Lowell today announced that it will co-produce the national Christopher Lydon show – “Open Source” – in association with WGBH Radio.'
Press release

A Thank You to Public Radio Engineers

'Huzzah, public radio engineers. Let's take a moment to acknowledge something that has, in fact, been true for some time: Technical innovation in U.S. radio broadcasting is being led by public radio.'

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

NPR Ombudsman: Is It Too Late to Ask for Some E-mail Etiquette?

The NPR Ombudsman gets some nasty emails...

Friday, March 04, 2005

CBC Radio bolsters drama commitment

Tod Maffin's I Love Radio .org

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Alaska congressman wants to cut public radio funding

'Arguing that public radio advances its own political agenda, Rep. Jim Holm, R-Fairbanks, sought to use his chairmanship of a state House of Representatives budget subcommittee to eliminate funding increases for public radio and television proposed by Gov. Frank Murkowski.'
Fairbanks News-Miner

The New Radio Revolution

'From satellite to podcasts, programming is exploding -- but the fight for profits will be ferocious.'
Business Week

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Radio on the download

KCRW to start podcasting selected shows.
Tim Grobaty in The Press-Telegram of Long Beach

HD technology may help Public Radio strike a balance

'Listeners tuning into Michigan Public Radio in Ann Arbor will find lots of talk, but not much music. On public radio in Jacksonville, talk dominates the daytime on WJCT and classical-music fans have to wait to the midnight to 5 a.m. time slot to get their weekday dose from the symphony hall. In Tallahassee, listeners have a choice, WFSU delivers the talk, while WFSQ, its 100,000-watt sister station, provides hours and hours of classical music. In Gainesville, Classic 89 tries to strike a balance, but it's not easy. The new technology of HD radio may offer a solution.'
Gainesville Sun