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Chicago startup Rivet News Radio echoes Zite and Pandora for audio news

Text-based journalism has Flipboard and Zite. Music has Pandora. Video has YouTube. Tapping into elements of all these services for a different form of media is Rivet News Radio, the first product from Chicago-based startup HearHere Radio LLC, which launched earlier this month.

The Rivet app — iOS only for now — taps into two of the day’s biggest buzzwords in echoing other new media successes: mobile-friendliness and customizability. It occupies an aural space somewhere between podcasts that you deliberately seek out and radio news that you listen to just because it’s on and you’re trapped in traffic during your commute. Read more


N.C. college boots radio show after it criticizes state representative

NC Policy Watch | The Rant
A North Carolina radio show pulled off the air by its community college sponsors after a complaint by a state representative earlier this month plans to return as a podcast, Sarah Ovaska reports.

Central Carolina Community College in Sanford told the three hosts of “The Rant” they would no longer be welcome to use campus facilities to record their show, which aired on the college’s FM radio station, WDCC. The move came after one of the three hosts posted criticism of state Rep. Mike Stone on the show’s Tumblr blog, which was later discussed on the show the same day. Read more

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Neal Conan: Decision to end Talk of the Nation ‘was not mine’

Neal Conan, the host of “Talk of the Nation,” didn’t use the “R word” when talking about the end of his 11-year stint on the call-in radio show.

“While I will definitely be changing my life after I leave NPR, I would not describe the next phase as ‘retirement,’” he wrote in an email to Poynter. “I will want to catch up on eleven years’ sleep, but expect to remain engaged in public life as a writer, speaker and, who knows, maybe on the radio.”

Conan did not go into detail about NPR’s decision to end production of “Talk of the Nation” and encourage member stations to pick up WBUR’s “Here & Now” instead. He did note, however, “the decision to cease production on TOTN was not mine.”
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NPR’s Kinsey Wilson explains switch from ‘Talk of the Nation’ to ‘Here and Now’

Kinsey Wilson, executive vice president and chief content officer for NPR, clarifies some of reasons why “Talk of the Nation” is headed off the air and is being replaced with lesser-known newsmagazine “Here & Now.”

He said in a phone interview Friday afternoon that while it’s time for NPR’s programming to evolve, that’s not a slight against “Talk of the Nation,” which first began in 1991.

“They really sort of set the standard for call-in shows. They are at the top of their game. Over time, many shows have used that model and adapted it to their needs [in local markets],” said Wilson, a Poynter trustee. “There’s a lot of abundance in that category. What’s not in abundance are shows like ‘Here & Now.’ There’s a real appetite on the part of listeners, program managers and member stations to bridge the gap in our programming.” Read more


NPR to end ‘Talk of the Nation,’ keep ‘Science Friday’

NPR | WBUR | The New York Times
“Talk of the Nation,” the Monday through Thursday afternoon staple of NPR hosted by veteran Neal Conan, will end its 21-year run this summer, the organization announced Friday morning.

NPR is pushing its member affiliates to replace the show with an expanded, two-hour version of “Here & Now,” produced by Boston’s WBUR, from 2-4 p.m. Eastern. That show’s Robin Young will gain a co-host, “Marketplace Morning Report”‘s Jeremy Hobson, and “add a total of six people to produce the expanded show,” the Boston public radio station’s Curt Nickisch writes. The switch begins July 1. Read more


Denver Post’s Dave Krieger picks radio show over sports column

Sports columnist Dave Krieger, who moved to the Post after the Rocky Mountain News closed in 2009, had been guest-hosting a radio show for a while, but when he was offered the gig permanently, he says the newspaper made him choose. He says the move doesn’t reflect on the long-term future of newspapers:

“At my age, long-term does not exist,” he says. “And what happens down the road to print journalism or terrestrial radio, for that matter, are long-term trends. I know old media is less well off than it used to be — more endangered. But if I work for another ten or fifteen years, that’ll be great. So for me, it was about what I wanted to do after getting up tomorrow.

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Afternoon digest: Dec. 7, 2011


Jarvis: NPR affiliates ‘are as doomed as newspapers’

Keach Hagey writes that new NPR CEO Gary Knell’s experience in fundraising and public media signals that the public media organization believes funding will be its key challenge in the coming years. Although NPR itself would not be seriously damaged if direct federal funding were eliminated — the money comes through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — local stations rely much more on that money. “The bottom line on the stations is they are as doomed as newspapers,” says Jeff Jarvis, who believes that NPR should give up its federal funding. “Some stations have tremendous local value … But most of the stations are there primarily for their broadcast tower and their value is distribution for national programming. And that’s going to decline markedly.” Craig Curtis, program director for KPCC in southern California, tells Hagey that about 5 percent of the station’s funds comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Read more


Why it’s worth developing a social media strategy, evaluating it along the way

I’m fascinated by scars. They map our medical histories and are clues to some of our best stories. I often ask people for their scar story. I’ve only been sorry once (the man who started sobbing in the grocery line was from Rwanda.)

So when I was thinking about ways to build a patient community on, the station where I’m a health care reporter, I created Your Medical History in Scars. It’s a timeline with compelling individual stories and pictures, as well as milestones in surgery and other body mending techniques.

When you open the timeline, slide down to 1960 and find out about Jay McMichael’s dozen scarring events — not counting his emotional injuries. Check out Oct. 20, 1965. Can anyone add a thought about why LBJ showed the world his gallbladder surgery scar? Read more


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