Jan 22, 2010

Oregon pubcasting buys FM station

Oregon Public Broadcasting has purchased KWYA-FM from Way-FM Media Group, a contemporary Christian network, for $85,000, according to the online Radio Business Report. KWYA is in Astoria, Ore., in the far northwest corner of the state.

$3,000 prize from CPB for pubcasting education innovation

CPB is taking entries for the 2010 My Source Education Innovation Awards. Pubradio stations are now also eligible. CPB is looking for station work that uses new approaches to deliver educational tools and resources, President Patricia Harrison said in a letter to stations. Award winners receive a $3,000 grant to support the work, plus a $500 stipend to travel to the ceremonies on March 20 in Washington, D.C. Honors will be presented during the 2010 Council of Chief State School Officers/Public Media Executive Summit. Application deadline is Feb. 12. Click here for more information.

Smiley's first PBS special follows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

A behind-the-scenes profile of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton kicks off Tavis Smiley Reports, a series of four hourlong primetime specials on PBS. It premieres at 8 p.m. Jan. 27, just before President Obama's State of the Union address. Smiley and his production crew were granted wide access to Clinton, accompanying her on diplomatic missions abroad, in meetings on Capitol Hill, and within the State Department. Watch a clip here.

The battle for the Tonight Show, a la filmmaker Ken Burns

As the late-night war of Conan vs. Leno rages on, comedian Jimmy Kimmel took time on his show last night to ponder how the fracas might look in a Ken Burns documentary. A lot like the PBS documentarian's Civil War, it turns out.