Where does Car Talk belong? Let listeners decide

Posted: June 26, 2012

NPR’s v.p. of programming responds Ira Glass’s suggestion that stations not devote prime weekend airtime to Car Talk reruns after the Magliozzi brothers retire this fall. Like Ira, I’m really excited about all the innovation in public radio today. Each … Continue reading

Want new radio hits on Saturday? Step 1: Drop Car Talk when the guys retire

Posted: June 25, 2012

I enjoy Car Talk. I like those guys. And as a public radio lifer, I’m grateful for what Tom and Ray Magliozzi did to bring a vast audience to public radio, year after year.. … But — with all respect to Doug Berman and my colleagues at Car Talk Plaza — I think when they stop making new episodes in October, they should be pulled from Saturday mornings. Continue reading

‘If we can imagine it, why don’t we do it?’

Posted: June 20, 2012

It was raining in Baltimore Sept. 23 when independent producer Jay Allison delivered his “benediction,” the traditional closing speech of the Public Radio Program Directors annual conference. The bleary, conferenced-out audience listened closely. Allison, who learned the nonfiction radio craft … Continue reading

Film explores influence of WBAI freeform pioneer

Posted: June 11, 2012

A documentary on this year’s film festival circuit examines the legacy of a New York countercultural legend whose techniques for mixing music and conversation in live radio shows had a profound influence on noncommercial broadcasting and the musical sensibilities of his generation. Continue reading

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