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Chicago Public Radio CEO defends Smiley & West cancellation, prescribes more civic discourse

Chicago Public Radio CEO defends Smiley & West cancellation, prescribes more civic discourse

Last week Chicago Public Media CEO Torey Malatia published an Op-Ed piece in the public media journal Current, defending his station’s decision to cancel the syndicated Smiley & West program. Malatia’s piece appeared just days after Smiley & West returned to the Chicago airwaves on commercial station WCPT. In his op-ed Malatia lays out his […]

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Chicago's WBEZ is the 4th station to drop Smiley and West

Chicago’s WBEZ is the 4th station to drop Smiley and West

Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ quietly dropped the syndicated Smiley and West program from its Sunday line-up at the end of September. This stands in contrast to the station’s decision to drop Car Talk reruns from its Saturday line-up, which management communicated in an email to donor members explaining the decision and soliciting feedback (full […]

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Chicago user-generated station Vocalo to re-launch with more convential format

Chicago user-generated station Vocalo to re-launch with more convential format

Vocalo is a rimshot station owned by Chicago Public Media‘ based in Chesterton, Indiana that went on the air in 2007 as an experiment in bringing user-generated content to broadcast radio. When it launched CPM president Torey Malatia hailed the idea with a lot of rhetoric about making radically public radio, emphasizing public affairs and […]

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RadioSurvivor’s Top Radio Shows – Paul’s #4: Sound Opinions

As a proud thirty-eight year-old member of Generation X, I have become just a little disturbed by a trend I’ve noticed in the last few years. One might call this trend the “indie-rockification” of public radio. As my fellow grunge-survivors and I, raised on the so-called “first wave” of alternative rock and derided by boomers […]

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Chicago Independent Radio Project hits the 'net, waits for an FM

Chicago Independent Radio Project hits the 'net, waits for an FM

I first heard about the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) when I moved to Chicago in the spring of 2008. For all intents and purposes the project grew out of the former incarnation of Loyola University’s WLUW-FM which operated as a community radio station from 1997 to June 2008. In 2001 Loyola announced that it […]

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Reply Comment Smackdown Over the Channel 6 Backdoor to FM

Reply Comment Smackdown Over the Channel 6 Backdoor to FM

A couple of  weeks ago I reported on Chicago Public Radio taking a glancing swipe against LPTV channel 6 stations that are effectively functioning like radio stations, taking advantage of their audio channel’s proximity to 87.7 FM. Now the owner of the Chicago smooth-jazz LPTV “radio” station WLFM-LP is striking back at CPR in both […]

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