Apr 29, 2010

Our blog is on the move

Current's blog, keeping you linked to all things pubmedia, is now also located at You may click there for news updates, as well as the blog archive.

For RSS feed subscribers, please update your feed subscriptions to

Fear not! Your intrepid Cloggers (Current bloggers) will continue to bring you the very latest news from around the country.

Texas Tech Public Media continues growth

After four years of negotiations, Texas Tech Public Media's acquisition of KUTX in San Angelo is complete — the latest move in its "explosive growth" during the last several years, according to Lubbock Online. The station is now KNCH 90.1 and began transmitting April 4 from Lubbock. Home base for Texas Tech Public Media is KOHM-FM, South Plains Public Radio.

New station heads in Florida and Illinois

WEDU in Tampa Bay, Fla., has a new president and CEO: Susan Howarth, former head of WCET in Cincinnati, reports the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Howarth joins the station next month. That means Dick Lobo finally gets to retire. He wanted to leave in September 2009 but agreed to remain until a successor was appointed.

Jack Neal is the new g.m. at WEIU FM & TV in Charleston, Ill., reports the Eastern Illinois University newspaper, the Daily Eastern News. Neal joins the station from his post as station manager at PBS affiliate KUHT at the University of Houston.

Letters from WWII flying vets still strafing PBS Ombudsman's desk

If it's Thursday, it's Mailbag time, courtesy of PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler. This week, letters continue to arrive from World War II veterans reacting to the American Experience doc, "The Bombing of Germany." Viewers also weigh in on several Frontline programs.

Fueled by donuts, KRWGers meet their constituents in New Mexico

KRWG staffers were out early yesterday morning to chat with viewers and listeners, reports the Deming (N.M.) Headlight. "With coffee in one hand and a donut in the other," as the paper said, folks from the New Mexico State University PBS affiliate met with customers at the 5 a.m. Donuts shop in Deming to get their input on programming and other station matters. "When we added Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me, it will be a year ago in July, it was because of these conversations," said Glen Cerny, executive director of university broadcasting at the station, in Las Cruces, N.M.