Nov 21, 2008

Former KWMU g.m. settles with licensee

Patty Wente, the former g.m. of KWMU-FM in St. Louis, reached a settlement Nov. 13 with the station’s licensee, the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Wente will receive $50,000, and her departure from the station will be officially recorded as a resignation, not a firing. In exchange, the former manager will drop a grievance against the university, among other conditions. The city’s Riverfront Times posted the full settlement on its website. Wente was fired June 2 based on preliminary findings from a review of KWMU’s finances and management under her tenure. Since leaving KWMU she has started a consulting business, The Wente Group.

Infinite Mind host took money from drug companies, records show

Records turned over to Congressional investigators have revealed that the host of public radio’s The Infinite Mind has accepted payments from drug makers while opining about their products on the show, reports The New York Times. Dr. Fred Goodwin, a psychiatrist, earned $1.3 million between 2000 and 2007 for marketing lectures, the records show. Goodwin told the Times that he had informed Bill Lichtenstein, the show’s producer, of his consulting work, a claim the producer denies. NPR announced it will drop the show from its Sirius Satellite Radio channel. Slate spanked Goodwin and the show earlier this year for similar conflict-of-interest issues related to an episode about Prozac. NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard also weighed in on the issue.