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Podcast Survivor

Podcasts: a Kick in the Pants of the Public Radio Establishment

Last week the New York Times published a feature article on Ira Glass and This American Life. Ostensibly it covers the show’s departure from distributor Public Radio International to join the more independent-minded Public Radio Exchange. However, the piece also follows Glass’s multi-tasking forays into other endeavors, like leading an off-Broadway dance show. Relevant to […]

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Torey "South Side" Malatia, outgoing CEO of Chicago Public Media

3 weeks after Malatia resignation not much is clearer, or different at Chicago Public Media

It’s been about three weeks since former Chicago Public Media CEO Torey Malatia abruptly resigned his position, surprising both station staff and listeners. Current and the Chicago Reader’s Michael Miner have both published overviews of Malatia’s tenure as an often-controversial and innovative leader, and the aftermath of his departure. At the same time, sister station […]

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WFMU to salute “radio superheroes”

WFMU has announced the details of its Radiovision festival, scheduled for October 28, 29, and 30. The event includes a Saturday “origin stories” panel featuring Ira Glass, Marc Maron, and Tom Scharpling. “The best comic book superheroes all have great origin stories,” WFMU’s blog explains. “We are kicking things off with a discussion about Origin […]

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Radio's Fall - Part Two: NPR's 'Liberal' Identity Crisis

Radio’s Fall – Part Two: NPR’s ‘Liberal’ Identity Crisis

Editor’s Note: Radioactive Gavin has collected more than 300 articles on radio and digital music over the past 3 months for Common Frequency. This is the second in a series of seven posts he is contributing, looking back at the end of a rough year in radio. When Stephen Colbert gave a ‘medal of fear’ to a seven-year old […]

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