Why Would NPR Do This?

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National Public Radio may be the most successful organization at creating content for Podcasts. It certainly was one of the early leaders in Podcasting. However, the organization has decided it doesn't really want to promote its own Podcasts on the air. And, although no explanation as to why was given, that may be to avoid pushing listeners away from the radio. Here's what NPR's V.P. for News Programming and Operations Chris Turpin wrote in a note to the NPR staff about the Podcasts.

Wilde Takes Over Tuna Show

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Jennifer Wilde who was a fill-in for Charlie Tuna on his syndicated program (and also announced his passing on the air) will officially take over the show, according to syndicator The Talent Farm.
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Key On-Air Appointments At WEBE Connecticut

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Cumulus Media announced that it has appointed Beth Foster as co-host of WEBE Wake Up Morning Show with Jay Michaels in Bridgeport, CT. Foster has previously been on-air for several stations in southern Connecticut. Concurrently, Cumulus Bridgeport announced that it has upped longtime WEBE swing shift talent Andy Madison to co-host/Traffic Reporter, afternoons on WEBE.

Online Listening Is NOT Declining

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In our Friday story entitled "Is Radio Facing A PR Headache After CBS Announcement?", we referenced a chart from the Edison Research Infinite Dial study and indicated that online listening was trending down. That was incorrect. Here's a clarification to that story.

Power 96.1 Atlanta Launches New Morning Show

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iHeartMedia's WWPW-FM will kick off Monday with a new morning show called PK and Riley. PK will join Power 96.1 from Houston. He was the founding member of the Playhouse morning show in Portland. Also, joining the show is former Playhouse member Denise.

Keola Lui-Kwan Returns To Honolulu

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Ohana Broadcast Company has hired local boy Keola Lui-Kwan to host mornings on 102.7 Da Bomb (KDDB-FM). Kwan returns to Honolulu after 14 years in major markets.

KCBS-AM Staff Joins SAG-AFTRA

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Late last week, employees at KCBS-AM in San Francisco voted in favor of joining SAG-AFTRA. Production assistants, writers, and newsroom assistants will join the union with an existing bargaining unit of editors at the all-news station.

CEO George Beasley Goes On Medical Leave

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Beasley Broadcast Group CEO George Beasley is on a medical leave of absence, effective immediately, the company announced Friday. EVP/CFO Caroline Beasley will be interim CEO in George Beasley's absence; he continues as chairman of the board.

A New Deal and A New Job For Nickels

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Cumulus owned MIX 107.3 in Washington DC has inked a new contract with midday personality Ashley Nickels. She also picks up the Music Director job with her new deal. Nickels joined the station in 2014, hosting nights, coming to DC from KDND in Sacramento

Former Oregon House Majority Leader Joins NAB

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Ray Baum will join the NAB on March 31 as the organization's new VP of Government Relations. He'll report to NAB Executive Vice President of Government Relations Curtis LeGeyt.


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