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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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Madeleine Brand Exits KPCC

In the wake of some major grumbling from KPCC fans about the new weekday morning pairing on KPCC 89.3 FM of Madeleine Brand with former 710 ESPN AM reporter A Martinez, that peanut gallery now has something new to chew on. She’s leaving.

Per an announcement today on the SCPR website, Brand has chosen to pursue “other career opportunities.” There’s no mention of the fracas surrounding recent changes to her program, but that push-back likely factored into her decision. She will be replaced alongside Martinez by Alex Cohen (pictured), local anchor on the KPCC airwaves during the station’s broadcasts of All Things Considered and Marketplace. From today’s announcement:

“We are very fortunate to have in Alex a co-host with the combination of news judgment, experience and a lively, energetic on-air presence,” said vp of content Russ Stanton. “She has a range of experience in public broadcasting and journalism that few can match; she is smart, tenacious and insightful…”

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Tim Rutten ‘Surprised But Not Shocked’ by LA Times Layoff

The official clock-punch time for those affected by the latest round of LA Times layoffs is midnight, tonight. As first reported by FishbowlLA, one of those who got thrown under the Sam Zell bus this time around was media columnist Tim Rutten (pictured).

Rutten spoke with KPCC-FM 89.3 morning host Madeleine Brand about the end of a very long downtown LA run. There have already been a number of eloquent farewell emails from similarly affected colleagues. Rutten tells Brand he knew he was on shaky ground:

“Whatever the merits of your work, to be older and to be collecting a relatively large paycheck was to have a kind of target on your back,” he says, admitting that he was surprised but not shocked by the news…

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Spot.us Launches Two New LA Quality-of-Life Projects

Spot.us, the non-profit journalistic website run by David Cohn, has just launched two new complimentary projects in Los Angeles, funded by the California Endowment. The first, called the LA Vitamin Report, is an 8-part multimedia series devoted to “quality-of-life” issues in Los Angeles. Alex Schmidt will be the project manager. Schmidt is a radio veteran who has worked as a staff reporter at WHYY, a web producer at The New Yorker, a producer at Marketplace, and a web producer at 20th TV Fox.

Schmidt’s first story for the project–about homeless children commuting hours across the city to go to school–just aired on the Madeleine Brand show today. Read more about it here.

Spot.us is also launching a complementary blog called The Daily Vitamin, which will cover the same terrain as the multimedia effort. Yours truly, Matthew Fleischer, has been named the blog editor. I’ll be posting a few times a week on issues ranging from land use to public health. I might even throw some flaneuring in there for nostalgia sake.

Previously on FBLA: Spot.us To Launch New Los Angeles ‘Quality-of-Life’ Project

The End of Day to Day: The Video

NPR’s Day to Day is going…do you call it dark? Dead? Silent?…On March 20th. This video features Madeleine Brand and Alex Cohen talking about losing their jobs.

We’re going to go give what we earn for this post to KPCC while we’re thinking about it. Serious.

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