Jun 5, 2006

NPR : Are NPR Reporters Too Involved in Their Stories?

NPR's David Kestenbaum's use of the word "pissed" in a question to an interviewee should not have survived editing, says Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin. "I think that the public radio audience is, (in general), not easily shocked, and they are able to handle harsh language but only when it is contextual and comes directly from the people being interviewed -- not from the reporter." Taking Offbeat Films Beyond the Niche

The Prairie Home Companion film is the first major release for Picturehouse Films, a recently formed distributor whose president, Bob Berney, is profiled in the Washington Post. "This is the kind of film that is representative of Picturehouse," Berney says, "in that it's a specialty film, but it's also a populist film."

KCTS takes over operations of Yakima station

In a cost-cutting move, Seattle's KCTS is taking over operations of KYVE, the public TV station in Yakima that it has owned for more than a decade. Most of KYVE's staff will lose their jobs, but viewers should not notice a difference, says Pat Mallinson, KCTS spokeswoman, in the Yakima Herald Republic.

Sam Husseini: Can Pacifica Live Up to Its Challenge?

Sam Husseini calls for a more vital and powerful Pacifica Radio network. "What needs to be scrutinized is the collusion of incumbent programmers, many of whom were put in place by the previous utterly corrupt management, with the current management that seems resistant to change -- and stays in place largely because of support from incumbent programmers," he writes.

NPR's 'Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!' You Can't Make This Stuff Up. Or Can You? - New York Times

The New York Times profiles NPR's Wait, Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!" "The ability of the people on the show to think on their feet just astounds me," says a devoted fan.