Oct 8, 2008

Erstling leaving APTS for CPB

Mark Erstling, currently the acting president of APTS, has been named senior v.p. of system development and media strategy at CPB. In his new position, Erstling will "oversee all of CPB's activities related to public television and related digital media platforms except for content," according to a release. Since 2001, Erstling has served as executive v.p. and COO of APTS, where he manages deployment of the Digital Emergency Alert System for the Department of Homeland Security and heads up development of the American Archive for public broadcasting. He has also led APTS efforts to educate consumers about the digital transition. Erstling has been acting president since John Lawson stepped down in March. Previously he was g.m. of WPSU TV and radio at Penn State University and a producer/director at WJCT in Jacksonville, Fla.

Vowell explains the ideals of Puritanism

"She sounded unlike anyone else on the radio . . . which is what you want," says This American Life's Ira Glass in this Washington Post profile of Sarah Vowell. The TAL contributor and author appeared on the Daily Show last night and will be in D.C. tomorrow to promote her latest book, The Wordy Shipmates, in which she explores and explains America's Puritan heritage. The unruly English colonists of the the Massachusetts Bay Colony, whose writings and quarrels are the focus of her book, are "my ideal of America," she says in the Post.

Lutman to helm St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Sarah Lutman is leaving Minnesota Public Radio to become president of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Lutman, who currently serves on SPCO's board, has been senior v.p. of content for MPR and American Public Media since 2004.