Section: Public Radio

Section: Public Radio
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Public Radio Management Shake-ups

Been following these two stories: (1) Patti C. Smith, the interim general manager of Austin, Texas station KUT, abruptly resigned last Monday “amid turmoil following allegations that staff for years were mistreated by a newsroom leader and the surfacing of a recent recording in which a prominent host joked about the Spanish language,” according to […]

October 2, 2018
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New York Public Radio hires a new Chief Marketing Officer

That person is Lisa Baird, who joins the organization after a nearly decade-long tenure as the CMO of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

August 24, 2018
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Further Notes on the PRI-PRX Merger

“To me, both companies look like two halves of a new kind of whole,” Alisa Miller, PRI’s President and CEO, told me when we spoke over the phone last week. She was explaining how the merger came to be, how talks seriously began only late last year, and how the decision was the culmination of […]

Including an interview with PRI CEO Alisa Miller and PRX CEO Kerri Hoffman

August 21, 2018
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PRX merges with PRI

Or “merge,” depending on how you read the tea leaves.

August 16, 2018
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The WBAI Debacle

This one’s a big, fat, complicated mess, and though it isn’t directly related to podcasting, it continues a story that’s been tracked in this newsletter: the workplace culture crisis at New York Public Radio. Last December, the veteran WNYC radio host Leonard Lopate was one of two key individuals dismissed from New York Public Radio […]

Months after being dismissed following allegations of inappropriate behavior, Leonard Lopate is back on the air at the Brookly-based WBAI. The hiring has sparked great pushback.

July 24, 2018
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So why is a coalition of public radio giants buying a podcast app, exactly?

A MOST PECULIAR MACHINATION. The news was a long time coming. I’ve heard whispers of something like this since 2015, back when the rumors revolved around an internal WNYC strategy project with a curious codename: Pique. The initial story I heard spoke of a platform-oriented attempt to tackle the full stack of podcast problems, from […]

Plus: The BBC World Service leans into podcast-first development, Revisionist History returns, and Trader Joe’s podcast is the new Two-Buck Chuck.

May 8, 2018
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Pocket Casts acquired by a consortium of public media organizations

That’s a big deal.

May 4, 2018
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NPR brags about its ratings (and its podcast-to-broadcast crossovers)

WONDERY RAISES $5 MILLION IN SERIES A. The round was led by Greycroft, Lerer Hippeau Ventures and Advancit Capital, with the participation of BAM Ventures, Watertower Ventures, BDMI, and Fox Networks Group. It’s worth a reminder that Hernan Lopez, Wondery’s CEO, is the former head of Fox International Channels, and Fox invested in the initial […]

April 3, 2018