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Restructuring for Federal News Radio Staff

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Emily Kopp

Emily Kopp, co-host of Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive,” will transition to a reporter/anchor position beginning September 2, contributing to the program she hosted with Tom Temin and “In-Depth” with Francis Rose.

In addition, morning digital writer/editor Shefali Kapadia will move into a radio producer role for “Federal Drive.”

“By making these shifts, we are able to optimize the incredible talents of our people – brining more depth to our presentation. The end result will be more news stories told in a variety of ways for air and online,” said Lisa Wolfe, FNR program director in a release announcing the restructuring. “Tom Temin’s broadcasting abilities are so polished he will shine as the solo anchor of the Federal Drive.”

“Federal Drive” airs weekday mornings from 6 – 9 am and “In-Depth” weekday afternoons from 4 – 7 pm on 1500AM.

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Hillary Clinton Responds to Criticisms by Jill Abramson on Media Expectations

logo2During an interview with guest host John Harwood on NPR’s “On Point,” Hillary Clinton admitted that she might expect more than she should from her relationships with members of the media.

Clinton’s comments were made in response to criticism by Jill Abramson in a POLITICO Magazine piece in which the former New York Times editor said, “Hillary is incredibly unrealistic about journalists…She expects you to be 100 percent in her corner, especially women journalists. She got angry with me because when I became the top-ranking woman at the New York Times, she thought I should be loyal. An editor is going to be independent, always.”

Abramson’s comments were made more than two months after the media blitz surrounding the release of Hard Choices began, first with a taped television interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, a live interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America,” a joint interview by Fox News’ Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, and a slew of other interviews, conversations, town halls, and book signings in Washington and throughout the country. Read more

Sarah Gilbert Set to Rejoin NPR’s ‘Weekend Edition’

Sarah GilbertNPR’s “Weekend Edition” announced a new hire this morning. Sarah Gilbert will rejoin the show as supervising senior editor, which she originally joined in 2012 before leaving for ”Marketplace” in 2013.

Side note: With Gilbert’s return, “Weekend Edition’s” staff now consists of three Sarah’s, including Supervising Senior Producer Sarah Oliver and Producer Sarah Handel.

Llewellyn King Sheds Light on Changes for “White House Chronicle”

Llewellyn KingA little (anonymous tip) birdie told us recently that Llewellyn King, host and creator of “White House Chronicle” — a weekly news and public affairs program now in its 18th year on more than 200 television stations including PBS, Sirius XM’s POTUS channel, and Voice of America — is “preparing a radical overhaul of his television program.”

We reached out to King, who said that while no plans are set to drastically change the program, he has been exploring new options for partnership.

“I would love to meet up with a print publisher who wants to get into television, and just revitalize the franchise that way. It’s a very good franchise. We have excellent following on Sirius XM for the audio and pretty spread out but good syndication on PBS and paid stations.” Read more

RTDNA Announces 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award Recipients

5390b7c0-2c28-43ac-b4af-54b8ac110342The Radio Television Digital News Association today announced the winners of the 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, recognizing the best reporting by radio, television, and online news organizations. For the second consecutive year, The Washington Post received the Overall Excellence Award in the large online news organization division as well as a Feature Reporting award.

ABC News earned five Murrows, including both Overall Excellence in Television and Overall Excellence in Radio. National Public Radio won the award for best network radio website for the sixth year in a row, as well as awards for Investigative Reporting and News Series.

The association named 98 national Edward R. Murrow awardees in 13 categories and received more than 4,000 entries during the 2014 awards season, 500 more than in 2013. National awards will be presented in New York City on October 6.

For a full list of recipients, click through to RTDNA.

Help Us Advise Tommy McFly On Turning 28

Today is Tommy McFly of FreshFM’s last day being 27 and the radio host took to Facebook to solicit advice from friends before turning 28. Well, we’re here to help him out and want to make sure he’s advised as well as he can be before venturing into his 28th year on planet Earth.

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So send us yours (to fishbowlnick@gmail.com or via the anon tip box at fishbowldc.com) and we’ll include in a birthday post tomorrow. My advice, after the jump.

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Tell Me No! – NPR Cuts ‘Tell Me More’ Along With 28 Positions

NPR’s David Foldenfilk reports this afternoon that National Public Radio “would cease broadcast of the weekday program ‘Tell Me More’ on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company’s persistent budget deficits.” Eight of the 28 positions on the chopping block are currently vacant.

Host of the program Michel Martin and its executive producer Carline Watson are set to remain at the station.

Click on over to NPR for the full announcement.

NPR Creates Hub for ‘The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever’

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 15.33.37Each May, outlets across the country cover the prolific speeches offered at university commencements, and NPR now offers a tool to collect the best of the best.

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Wallace Foundation, NPR Ed will collect ‘The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever,’ a pool of 300 addresses dating back to 1774.

According to an NPR release announcing the hub, “Famed and lesser-known remarks from actors and entrepreneurs, writers and politicians are all searchable by speaker, college, year and theme (‘Dream,’ ‘Play,’ ‘Inner Voice,’ ‘Fight for Equality’ and ‘YOLO’) with links to the full versions of each speech and videos when available. The site also allows users to export a shareable graphic featuring a key quote for any of the speeches. In addition to the online database, a piece on Tuesday’s “All Things Considered” features a primer on fundamental elements shared by those commencement speeches widely reviewed as ‘the best,’ including two essential ideas: ‘Congratulations’ and ‘You’re Special. Just remember – so is everyone else.’

Check out NPR Ed here.

 

WTOP Welcomes New Station Voice

Tune in to WTOP 103.5 and you’re likely to hear someone new going forward. Meet Scott Fisher, the man behind the station’s latest sounders, promos, and liners.

Fisher is replacing Pat Garrett, who recently left WTOP to work with several CBS sports stations.

As part of the change, the station is introducing new, fresh verbiage and says of the switch that “WTOP will sound a little different, but better. Production will be tighter and faster-paced.”

Welcome to the “Glass-Enclosed Nerve Center,” Scott!

Jarl Mohn Becomes NPR President and CEO

Via the press release:

The board of directors of NPR announced today that it had selected Jarl Mohn to become its next president and chief executive officer. Mohn is currently chairman of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) and has had a life-long career in media, including serving as founding president and chief executive officer of Liberty Digital and president and chief executive officer of E! Entertainment Television…

…Mohn, 62 years old, will begin his term at NPR in July and will succeed Paul G. Haaga Jr., who has been acting chief executive officer and president since last year.

“This is not a job for me.  It is a mission.  I love public radio and NPR.  It is a national treasure and more important now than ever,” said Mohn. “I want to make sure the staff of NPR, the Member Stations and the others who make it happen have everything they need to do their best work.”

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