Jan 6, 2004

"I want to use this show ... to introduce Americans to each other," says Tavis Smiley of his public TV show, debuting this week on more than 100 stations. [Show's website.]
Conflict with General Manager Steve Spencer and other tensions prompted at least five employees to leave WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in recent years, reports the Yellow Springs News.
Samuel Freedman in USA Today lauds the radio documentary form, "a rebellion against the numbing conformity of commercial radio" and a style that he says is enjoying its heyday.
WFPK-FM in Louisville, Ky., might alter its plans to cut back on weekday jazz programming, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. The station angered jazz fans last month when it announced the changes. The station says it's cutting jazz to make room for more triple-A programming, which it says has become increasingly popular.
StoryCorps, the latest project of independent producer David Isay, has drawn 300 people to its Grand Central Station booth for interviews since opening two months ago, reports the Chicago Tribune. Isay appeared recently on NPR's Morning Edition to share excerpts from the interviews.