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USC Prof to KPCC: You Blew It with Patt Morrison

Carol Muske-Dukes, an author and professor of English-creative writing at USC, takes KPCC 89.3 management to task on The Huffington Post for the way they have recently treated Patt Morrison. The SCPR radio personality and Pulitzer prize winner was shown the studio door in early September after years of weekday, on-air service:

The valedictory eloquence of Morrison’s thoughtful September 7 farewell stood in stark contrast to KPCC management’s close-mouthed handling of their cancellation of the show. There was, by all reports, no announcement or explanation by the station’s administrators until days after Morrison’s show vanished – literally “into thin air.” Then, on the creaky-voiced Larry Mantel show, which had been re-positioned and extended in the wake of the Patt cancellation, there was a brief, vague reference to the termination by president and CEO Bill Davis, who murmured something about a “change.”

Although KPCC has assured that Morrison will continue in the future to contribute to the station, an online petition was launched urging the Southern California Public Radio operation not to cancel Morrison’s program. Muske-Dukes meanwhile called the station to complain, and to vp of content Russ Stanton’s credit, he returned her call.

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KPCC President Bill Davis Wanders Into Impromptu Open House Q&A

At last night’s KPCC “Millenials” mixer, several small groups of listeners took turns getting a guided tour of the public radio station’s Pasadena headquarters. LA journalist Luis Gomez was among the October 2 visitors and tells FishbowlLA that as he, his girlfriend and others did the walk-through, they happened upon KPCC president and CEO Bill Davis (pictured).

“He came out of his office as we were walking by,” Gomez explains. “He said hello, thanked people for being KPCC members and then asked if there were any questions.”

NAHJ member Gomez needed no further encouragement. Among the interesting nuggets garnered and noted (picking up where Davis left off last week with Larry Mantle):

- Madeleine Brand left KPCC for a “lucrative TV production deal.” Let the guessing game re-begin: Current TV? NBC LA? Ora.tv?…;

- Since hiring A Martinez, KPCC’s Latino listener number have doubled;

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