Thursday roundup: Jackson lands in Cleveland; Kalish remembers Adler

By Current Staff

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• Maxie Jackson, formerly president of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, is now managing WCPN-FM in Cleveland, part of the ideastream public media network, the station announced Wednesday. The hire is part of an organizational restructuring at ideastream stations WVIZ/PBS, 90.3 WCPN and WCLV Classical 104.9.

• Pubradio freelancer Jon Kalish wrote a remembrance of NPR reporter Margot Adler for the Jewish Daily Forward. Adler, who died Monday, was known for being a Wiccan priestess, but Kalish also saw her as “one of the many prominent Jews in the 1960’s counter-culture who, like Allen Ginsberg and Abbie Hoffman, rebelled against the established order.” Kalish worked with Adler at New York’s WBAI.

• Former Idaho Public Television General Manager Peter Morrill isn’t taking his retirement sitting down; he just completed a 10-day trek across the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho filming for an upcoming Outdoor Idaho. The program is marking the 50th anniversary of the landmark Wilderness Act of 1964.

• Sesame Workshop is considering taking a stand against Times Square knockoffs of Elmo, Cookie Monster and the nonprofit’s other iconic characters. In a statement this week, the workshop said it “has not authorized the appearance of any Sesame Street costumed characters on public streets in any city” and is meeting with “concerned” groups to determine whether to pursue legal action or back legislation to curb the street performers, Reuters reports. Performers dressed as Sesame Street characters have been accused of attacking tourists and yelling slurs at passers-by.

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