Section: Public Radio

Section: Public Radio
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Last Thursday, NPR’s board of directors announced Jarl Mohn’s replacement as the chief executive of the public radio mothership: John Lansing, a veteran media executive who currently serves as the head of the US Agency for Global Media (formerly known as the Broadcasting Board of Governors), the federally-funded agency that oversees government-owned international broadcasters like […]

September 10, 2019
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Power Shuffle

Late to this, obvi, but still: New York Public Radio officially has a new CEO. On August 14, the organization’s board of trustees announced that it was installing Goli Sheikholeslami, the CEO at Chicago Public Media, at the helm. Sheikholeslami has led Chicago Public Media, home of WBEZ, since April 2014, a period during which […]

August 27, 2019
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In Context: “Bundyville: The Remnant”

So, I really liked Bundyville, the Oregon-based journalist Leah Sottile’s audio documentary on anti-government extremism in the American West that released its second season last month, and I highly encourage you to check the podcast out. What I also liked: the arrangement behind the production, which I thought was pretty interesting to parse through. A […]

August 6, 2019
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California Dreamin’

This morning, Southern California Public Radio of supposedly sleepy Pasadena — one of the two major public radio stations serving Los Angeles (excluding KUSC), the other being Santa Monica’s KCRW — announced the launch of a new podcast division called LAist Studios, which the organization bills as “a new podcast development and production studio dedicated […]

July 17, 2019
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Guy Raz to step away from TED Radio Hour, plus Star Power and Pods

This came in just before the long weekend: Guy Raz, the wildly industrious purveyor of wonder and enthusiasm, will be stepping away from the TED Radio Hour as host and editorial director at the end of this year. In a statement, NPR, which co-produces the popular “podcast about ideas” with TED, announced that they will […]

July 9, 2019
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Inverting NPR: A Speculative Proposal

Much like last week’s audiobook deep dive, there’s no news peg to this piece, but it’s something that’s been tooling around in my head for several years now. It was, at one point, a white paper I was developing during my Visiting Nieman Fellowship in 2017, but which I had kept unpublished in a GDrive […]

June 26, 2019
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More on BBC Sounds’ Changes at the Top

At the end of last week, it was reported that Charlotte Lock, launch director of the BBC’s flagship audio app BBC Sounds, has stepped down. Her departure comes at a time when the corporation is seeking an overall “Controller” for the app (as well as for its digital TV platform, BBC iPlayer), in what is […]

June 4, 2019
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Algorithms For The People

The BBC is developing a “public service algorithm” to deliver users more varied recommendations in its BBC Sounds app, according to a speech given by James Purnell, the corporation’s director of radio and education. Huh.

May 17, 2019
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NPR’s Feed Jumble, and its Implications

On 30 April, NPR made a change to their web server caching configuration that caused the same RSS to be served for all of their feed urls. The end result of this, as they described in a statement they published on the matter, was a distribution sequence that “caused podcast apps to act as if […]

May 7, 2019
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Notes on the Snap Nation Intergalactic Star Command

Snap Judgment has come a long way since winning PRX’s Public Radio Talent Quest in 2007. A creature of both analog and digital these days, the show currently hits over 1.4 million people on its weekly broadcast and brings in over 2 million podcast downloads every month. It is a staple of public radio station […]

April 18, 2019