Oct 23, 2006

MPR's Buzenberg heads to Center for Public Integrity

Bill Buzenberg will join the Center for Public Integrity next year as its executive director. He is now senior v.p. of news for American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and served as news v.p. at NPR in the '90s. Based in Washington, D.C., CPI does investigative reporting and research on public policy issues.

Mixing journalism and social favors

After interviewing Wal-Mart Chief Executive H. Lee Scott in August about the company's new environmental initiative, PBS's Charlie Rose will co-host a private dinner tonight honoring Scott for his environmental work. Is there something wrong with this? PBS doesn't think so, but PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler does.

Pacifica, FSRN Reach Deal -- Rolas de Aztlan: KPFT Notes

The Pacifica Foundation and Free Speech Radio News have agreed to work toward integrating FSRN into the radio network, Pacifica announced last week. The progressive newscast airs on more than 90 stations.

Vermont Public Radio bars candidate for fear of profanity -

Vermont Public Radio barred a third-party candidate for the U.S. Senate from an upcoming forum because of fears that he might use profanity on the air, reports the Associated Press. Peter Diamondstone, a Liberty Union party candidate, was expelled from a debate last week and handcuffed after using profanity and exceeding time limits.

Katherine Lanpher's midlife adventure could inspire others to take a leap, too

The St. Paul Pioneer Press profiles Katherine Lanpher, the former host of a talk show on Minnesota Public Radio who left for New York to join Air America. "There were nights in those first months when I wondered if I'd wrecked the rest of my life," she says. "That is what's so great about the book. I wrote my own rescue."

Technology360: HD Radio PAD: solutions in search of problems?

Yet more skepticism about HD Radio -- this from John Proffitt of KAKM-TV/KSKA-FM in Anchorage, Alaska. "I'm just deeply concerned that the 'neat' stuff HD Radio 'could' do is oversold and cannot possibly deliver -- not technologically, but in terms of market acceptance."