StoryCorps celebrated its 10th anniversary on Wednesday night with a fundraising dinner hosted by comedian Stephen Colbert.
“You public radio types may recognize my voice from Fresh Air with Terri Gross or Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me,” Mr. Colbert said. ”But those few of you who will admit to owning a television may recognize me from my show on Comedy Central, The Colbert Report.”
National Public Radio has accepted senior strategist Andy Carvin’s buyout request, he announced this morning on his personal blog.
The non-profit announced in September that it would offer voluntary buyouts in order to reduce staff count by about 10 percent.
All the pledge drives in the world couldn’t save National Public Radio. The non-profit news organization announced today that it will offer a voluntary buyout plan to aimed at reducing staff by 10 percent. Currently, the non-profit has 840 full and part time employees.
“As part of the strategy to eliminate the deficit and lower ongoing expenses, NPR will offer a voluntary buyout plan across the organization that reduces staffing levels by approximately 10 percent,” said a memo that went out to staff this morning.
Paul G. Haaga, Jr. will be the President & CEO of National Public Radio in an interim capacity, the organization announced today. Mr. Haaga will fill the post left by Gary Knell, who announced last month that he was leaving to head up the National Geographic Society.
“Paul has made many valuable contributions to NPR during his tenure on the Board,” NPR Board Chairperson Kit Jensen said in a statement. “His intimate knowledge of our organization, his unwavering commitment to the highest quality of journalism and programming, and his financial acumen make him particularly well-suited to lead NPR as we begin our search for a permanent chief executive.”
National Public Radio CEO and president Gary Knell is leaving for National Geographic Society, where he will hold the same titles. Mr. Knell, who started at NPR less than two years ago, announced his departure today in an email to staff that was posted on NPR’s blog.
“I will be leaving NPR after my term ends in late fall to join the National Geographic Society as its President and CEO,” Mr. Knell wrote. I was approached by the organization recently and offered an opportunity that, after discussions with my family, I could not turn down.”
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If you can afford a smartphone, you can afford meals. At least that’s what we thought until we learned of the forthcoming Leftover Swap app, which enables users to barter their old food.
It’s the kind of thing that could work on college campuses — but like pledging a fraternity or chugging Everclear, just because college students do it doesn’t make it right.
Start practicing that soothing yet knowledgable NPR tone because National Public Radio is looking to hire someone to record all of those announcements that let the people know that they are listening to NPR and not, say, religious programming (we can’t be the only ones who have made that mistake, right?).
“Heard by millions of people each week, you’ll get to say, ‘This is NPR” each day,’” reads the job listing.
In the beginning there was radio, and everyone tuned in collectively. Satellite radio changed the equation slightly as listeners moved to create their own sound experiences, free of commercials and all those unwanted stations. Then, along came podcasts, and it seems there’s one for every listener these days. Now you can personalize your own aural Read More
NPR recently announced they would cease broadcasting Talk of the Nation in June, thus pulling off one of the most bald-faced betrayals since Judas in the Upper Room or Dylan in Royal Albert Hall. The betrayal cut along many lines and was felt, by this reporter, acutely.
The reason given for the cancellation was the clamor of member stations for “a magazine-style news show at the middle of the day, something along the lines of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.” But it seems to me Talk of the Nation was meant to give voice not to the Torey Malatias of the world but to the grain farmers of Nebraska, the taxi drivers of Detroit, the P.E. teachers in Denver. It was, that is, Radio for the National Public. No matter what reason given, that NPR is cancelling one of the only shows that did this directly cannot be seen as anything but treachery.
NPR’s Planet Money—which was born out of the Peabody award-winning This American Life episode about the financial crash in 2008, “The Giant Pool of Money”—is the financial news digest of choice for plenty of people who enjoy their finance explained to them in a generalist, Ira Glass-approved tone. Now, the show and Davidson are coming under fire for some perceived standards and ethics breaches. Let’s break this down.