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WBEZ cuts freelance contributions, wants more contributions from audience

Chicago Reader

Theater critics Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman “were told their services were no longer required, though it would be nice if they’d occasionally donate them,” Michael Miner reports.

“They want listener-generated content. They want audience participation. They want call-ins,” Kleiman tells Miner. “Given that, they don’t have any use for experts. [WBEZ Executive Producer] Justin [Kaufmann] said, ‘If we want an expert on theater we can call [the Tribune's] Chris Jones to come in for free.’”

Kaufmann confirmed the cuts to Miner, and told him the station let go others, too:… Read more


Public radio’s looooong-term strategy: Have more babies, listeners

WBEZ (Facebook) | The New York Times
Chicago’s WBEZ wants its listeners to make more listeners.

The agency Xi Chicago designed the $400,000 “2032 Membership Drive,” which “inspires interesting people to hook up with interesting people and make more interesting people, thereby creating the next generation of listeners.”

As part of the campaign, which launches Friday, the ads will appear in print, online, at train platforms and bus stops, on taxis and T-shirts, with these taglines:

  • Do it. For Chicago.
  • We want listeners tomorrow. Go make babies today.
  • Hey Interesting People, get a room already. And then put a crib in it.
  • To anyone NOT currently running a virtual farm:
  • You’re an interesting person. Pass it on. Like, literally. Through your DNA.
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