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Acerbic WNYC Host Steve Post Passes Away

WNYCLogoNew York Daily News writer David Hinckley describes Steve Post as one of “New York radio’s all-time great contrarians.” After learning the ropes at WBAI, Post earned that reputation beginning in 1982 on Morning Music, the WNYC he took over from Robert Lurtzema. Post passed away Sunday at age 70:

The show was primarily music, but Post also injected commentary on matters from Ronald Reagan to WNYC management. He often grumbled that reading “underwriting” messages on WNYC was not much different from reading ads on commercial stations.

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New York Public Radio Gets Another $10 Million from Jerome L. Greene Foundation

The family of radio stations operated by New York Public Radio – WNYC, WQXR and New Jersey Public Radio – once again owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. Per an announcement today tipped to New York Times contributor Elizabeth Jensen, the foundation has followed two previous endowments totaling $11 million with another single gift of $10 million.

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Although the amount is being billed as the “largest single gift ever made to a public radio station,” it pales in comparison to the $200 million bequeathed to NPR a decade ago by the widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. From Jensen’s article:

The majority of the new grant, $8 million, is earmarked to support the development of digital operations, including a new feature called “Discover” on the WNYC mobile App. Designed originally with offline underground subway riders in mind, the feature will generate custom downloadable playlists for users who punch in the topics that interest them and the amount of time they want to listen. It will go live on Monday.

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WNYC Names New David Lewis Metro Editor

David Lewis has been named WNYC’s new metro editor. Lewis has taught at CUNY’s Journalism School for the past seven years, and prior to that served as an associate producer at CBS News, and a correspondent at NY1.

In a memo obtained by Capital New York, Jim Schachter, WNYC’s VP for news, cited Lewis’ extensive experience as one of the reasons for tapping him as metro editor:

In that brief moment when Pete Hamill was editor of the Daily News and Bill Clinton was president of the United States, he covered a controversial stab at addressing income inequality (called, at the time, welfare reform). At NY1, he covered Hillary Clinton’s first Senate campaign. Working with Ed Bradley at ’60 Minutes,’ he was one of the producers on a profile of a new police chief (of Los Angeles) named Bill Bratton.

Lewis’ appointment is effective February 10.

Tonight’s WNYC Numbers: He’s 93; the Show is 68

OscarBrandAlthough one of the official Web pages for Folksong Festival can no longer keep up, with content dated from three years ago, 93-year-old show host Oscar Brand has no such problems. Tonight at 10 p.m. on the AM side of public radio station WNYC, the folk legend will log the first show of a 68th, continuous, record-breaking year.

Of interest is the fact that this latest anniversary of a program that got rolling in 1945 is not news. The only real coverage we can find is an item from Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Michael Sangiacomo, himself something of a media survivor. (Although Sangiacomo might want to get the paper to fix the Web headline; it makes it sound like Brand has been hosting his weekly program only since the summer of 2012.)

OscarBrandPic3Maybe there’s an interview with Brand set to appear in a Sunday paper somewhere, or an AARP magazine feature upcoming. We certainly hope so. Just the fact that this man has never taken a penny of radio show salary could, ahem, be interestingly tied in to what’s going on across the media landscape today. In the meantime, from the WNYC announcement:

During America’s harsh anti-Communist witch hunt era (1947-early 1960s), when many progressive artists were blacklisted and couldn’t find work, Folksong Festival was the only radio show in the country where they could appear and sing their songs. Oscar is grateful to WNYC that they never asked him to change his format or the “controversial” guests on his show during that lamentable era of America’s history.

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Alec Baldwin Wants to Interview Edward Snowden

Alec Baldwin, currently among the leaders in the race to become the most annoying celebrity of 2013, wants to interview Edward Snowden for his WNYC podcast. The 55-year-old actor told Vanity Fair that he’s doing everything in his power to make it happen:

I want to try to interview him [Snowden] for my podcast on WNYC. I’m pressing all the buttons I have in London with friends of mine who know [Julian] Assange. I’m going to fly to Russia and try to interview Snowden.

That sounds great.

Baldwin also said that he’s never going to use Twitter again because “It’s just another chink in your armor for people to come and kill you.”

One could argue that if you’re not an idiot, people don’t try to “kill you,” but hey, what do we know? Other than there’s no way Baldwin stays away from Twitter, we mean.

WNYC Adds Investigative Reporter

Robert Lewis has joined WNYC as an investigative reporter. Lewis comes to the station from Newsday, where he also served as an investigative reporter.

Previously Lewis worked for the Sacramento Bee, and during his time there was a Loeb Awards finalist.

“Robert brings to the WNYC newsroom a profound indignation in the face of injustice, an equally profound sense of fairness, and terrific reporting and storytelling skills,” said WNYC’s vice president for news, Jim Schachter, in a statement.

WNYC Hires Former New York Times Associate Managing Editor to Head News Division

Jim Schachter Joins WNYC Radio as VP of news next month. Schachter will be responsible for leading WNYC’s award-winning news brand.  He will oversee its strategic vision and planning, as well as editorial decisions related to production and operations. Schachter brings a wealth of news experience to New York Public Radio’s WNYC.

Schachter spent 17 years at the The New York Times, holding down senior editorial positions in both hard news and feature sections. Additionally, he was deputy editor of the business and culture news departments and of The New York Times Magazine.

Schachter will have editorial oversight of WNYC’s local and national radio and digital news properties, including the WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio local news teams, WNYC’s newly launched data news unit, the political site It’s a Free Country, and WNYC-produced news shows including the Peabody Award winning programs The Brian Lehrer Show, Radio Rookies, and On the Media.

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WNBC and WINS Among Winners of RTDNA’s Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association has announced its Edward R. Murrow Award winners. The Murrows, presented since 1971, recognize achievements in electronic journalism.

In the large market, radio division, for the region covering New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, 1010 WINS was a winner in the Audio Continuing Coverage category for Hurricane Irene.

WINS is honored for its Use of Sound during the Death of Osama bin Laden.

Sister station WCBS 880 also takes home a plaque. WCBS was selected in the category of Best Audio Newscast for its coverage of Irene last August.

Bloomberg Radio/WBBR won in the Audio News Documentary category for its Stalking a Silent Killer story.

WNYC-AM/FM was the recipient of three awards, including Best Writing.

In large market television division, WNBC/Channel 4 was the only, over-the-air winner. WNBC picked up three Murrows this year: Video Feature Reporting, Video Reporting: Hard News, and Michael DelGuidice for the Use of Video category.

Cablevision’s News 12 Long Island was singled out twice. Reporter Viriginia Huie won for Writing, while the cable channel also was named Best Video News Documentary — Search for a Serial Killer.

New York Times and WNYC Radio Win 2012 Dart Awards

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma from Columbia Journalism School has awarded The New York Times and WNYC the 2012 Dart Awards. The Times won for its three-part series on Derek Boogaard, a former NHL player who died from brain injuries. The collective piece, titled “Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer,” was created by John Branch, Marcus Yam, Shayla Harris and Josh Williams.

WNYC received a Dart Award for “Living 9/11,” a documentary series which guides people through some of the many lives that were tremendously impacted by 9/11. Credits for “Living 9/11″ include: Marianne McCune, Emily Botein, Karen Frillman, Fred Mogul, Beth Fertig, Eric Leinung, Jillian Suarez, Erin Reeg, Norhan Basuni, Courtney Stein, Sanda Htyte, Kaari Pitkin, Chris Bannon, Andy Lanset, John Ellis, Paul Schneider and Jim Briggs III.

The winners will be honored May 3 at the Columbia Journalism School.

Alec Baldwin Teams With WNYC for Podcast

Emmy-winning actor Alec Baldwin will host a podcast for WNYC called Here’s the Thing.

The show, which launches Monday, October 24, gives Baldwin an opportunity to pursue his passions and interests through various conversations. Those conversations could include newsmakers, actors, and public figures who spark his fancy. 

“As someone who has been the subject of innumerable interviews, I wanted to conduct my own and do them the way I liked them: emphasizing the positive, the forward-looking,” said Baldwin. “And I wanted to do that show with WNYC.”

The first podcast features an interview with Michael Douglas and his battle with cancer.  Other guests in the coming weeks include political consultant Ed Rollins and Chris Rock discussing his Broadway debut.

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