Monday roundup: Band cancels GPB show over WRAS agreement; Montagne taking leave from ME

By Andrew Lapin

(Photo: Susanna Capelouto)

• Indie rockers The Whigs canceled a scheduled appearance on Georgia Public Broadcasting Friday after supporters of Atlanta college station WRAS spurred an online protest, reports Creative Loafing Atlanta. The ongoing debate over GPB’s time-sharing deal with WRAS also attracted the attention of the Wall Street Journal, which cited the arrangement in a feature about college radio station operators leasing their frequencies to public and religious broadcasters.

• Renee Montagne is taking a three-month break from co-hosting Morning Edition. Montagne announced her plans on Friday’s program. “You can call it a very long vacation, but I’ll be back refreshed for the fall elections,” she said.

• Following Sesame Workshop’s announcement that the nonprofit is seeking possible legal action for unauthorized costumed characters in New York’s Times Square, a Reuters photographer set out to follow one of the city’s many Elmos on a typical workday. The Elmo, a Mexican immigrant named Jorge, poses with kids and dines at a streetcart before taking the subway home.

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