The Best of @PubMediaFans — Edition #1

The week’s news in public media… through tweets from Twitter.

Yep, if you read the title and subtitle correctly, we’re doing this in a Twitter way. Welcome to The Best of @PubMediaFans. Every week (hopefully on Sundays), we’ll be taking a look at the week’s news in public media but through the eyes of tweets from @PubMediaFans on Twitter.

We’ll take a look at the latest news, any programming changes, technical problems that were observed, station/program birthdays, etc. Don’t look too far away now Current (News for People in Public Media) because I’m ready for you!

Let’s not wait too long now. Without further ado, here are this week’s news in public media. You’ll see them organized by category.


News:

There is actually a possible exploration that Northwest Colorado could soon have its own public broadcasting network? If so, it would more likely be separate from Rocky Mountain PBS and Colorado Public Radio.

Could Northwest Colorado have its own public broadcasting network?

KVCR-TV 24 in San Bernardino — Riverside, Calif. currently manages First Nations Experience (FNX), a 24-hour network dedicated to showcasing programming relating to Native Americans. They’re on the verge of a major expansion.

A major expansion is coming to First Nations Experience. Check out the story from Current (sub. required)

Controversy took place last Tuesday when NPR tweeted out, line-by-line the Declaration of Independence. However, its been a 29-year tradition, since 1988 on every July 4th, that NPR’s anchors and journalists have read that Declaration line-by-line on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Twittersphere: It was just the Declaration of Independence, not a revolution. I can tell Americans don’t know it if they complain to NPR about it.

After 24 years of hosting a Wisconsin-based call-in talk show on weekday afternoons, Kathleen Dunn from Wisconsin Public Radio is ready to call it quits and retire from her own show, The Kathleen Dunn Show. The program was on from 1:00–3:00 p.m. CT on their Ideas Network but will end on Friday, August 10th.

Kathleen Dunn’s afternoon show on WPR is soon coming to an end.

Another program that will soon end is WKAR-TV 23 East Lansing’s high school quiz show called QuizBusters. Starting in 1989, this show has tested high schoolers across South Central Michigan for 29 years and hosted from the very beginning by Matt Ottinger.

After 29 years, QuizBusters will soon finally run out of enough questions to allow it to continue.

Idaho Public Television has reached its year-end fund goal, which will allow the station to remain alive and continue to deliver public broadcasting for Idahoans. They raised over $50K to keep it alive.

$50,345 is enough for IdahoPTV to keep broadcasting to many Idahoans.

88.7 WBFO Buffalo is trying out something new by giving students across Western New York the chance to interview other students about school and teenage life. It’s called Student Journals and the first edition was posted this week. It will be heard every Thursday in July.

Students gaining radio experience by interviewing other students.

This link showcases something else but within this link, it talks about WYCC 20 in Chicago which is having some trouble. Unfortunately, City Colleges of Chicago (which owns WYCC) had to lay off 120 workers last week and some of those included WYCC workers.

It’s always a sad day when workers in public broadcasting lose their jobs. And a few of those from WYCC had to be let go.

Get ready to laugh and also think What? How is this even possible? NPR and 89.3 KPCC in Pasadena — Los Angeles will release a new podcast hosted by comedian Paula Poundstone called Live from the Poundstone Institute. Every week, they’ll try to dissect facts with comedy that will make you think and also why. It recently began yesterday so check it out.

Weird facts and laughable comedy come together for this new podcast from NPR and 89.3 KPCC in Pasadena — Los Angeles.

This is an amazing story. Last year, 88.5 KPLU in Tacoma — Seattle was on the brink of extinction due to a sale by Pacific Lutheran University which found no buyer. That is until the employees decided to come together, buy the station and raise funding to keep it alive.

And so they did. Not only did they raised $7 Million to buy the station, it also remains today as 88.5 KNKX-FM in Tacoma — Seattle and is doing better than ever before. The current owner’s name of the station is Friends of 88.5 FM. Check out the story below:

From KPLU to KNKX: how one public radio station decided to remain Independent, save itself and currently thrive.

Here’s a number for you: 13. That’s how many awards 89.3 WFPL / Louisville won recently, 8 of them first-place at this year’s Society of Professional Journalists Metro Journalism Awards in Louisville.

89.3 WFPL’s Journalism is very good journalism. Just look at the awards they’ve won.

89.9 WRVO in Oswego — Syracuse’s General Manager Mike Ameigh retied after 7 years at the post. Under his helm, he helped expand WRVO’s reach into Ithaca, Clayton, Rome and Fenner and listening members have donated to the station in record amounts. WRVO’s station manager Bill Drake will intermittently take over until a permanent replacement is named.

Good happy trails to Mike Ameigh who retired as WRVO’s General Manager last week after 7 years.

If you think WNYC Studios wouldn’t get any bigger, think again. The podcasting publishing arm of AM 820 and 93.9 FM — WNYC in New York City will soon debut a new podcast that focuses on the arts and it will be called A Piece of Work, hosted by Abbi Jacobson and co-produced with the Museum of Modern Art, located at West 53rd Street in New York City. The podcast begins tomorrow.

WNYC Studios is getting bigger. They already do podcasts on comedy, race, media, sex and more. This time, it will be about art.

Live Wire Radio is a production of Oregon Public Broadcasting and distributed by Public Radio International (PRI). It’s a comedy, music, interview and variety radio show. PRI has announced this week that its expanding its relationship with the program and will include a new interview series as well as becoming an investment partner to the OPB-produced program.

If you subscribe to Current, then check this story out.

For those who don’t have a subscription to Current, I have a different link for you:

Is it me or has Hawaii Public Radio become the first NPR member station to carry All Songs Considered from NPR Music as an on-air program? It looks to be that way as HPR added it to its HPR-1 (news/talk) schedule. They have scheduled it for Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. HT as a half-hour program after APM’s Marketplace. The program replaces 89.9 KCRW in Santa Monica’s weekly program, Left, Right and Center, which is still heard on the HPR app. All Songs Considered is and has been hosted since 2000 by Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton.

P.S., if you see another NPR member station that carries the program, please let us know in the comment section below and then I’ll admit that I was wrong.

Hawaii Public Radio could very much be the first station in the NPR network to carry All Songs Considered.

Here’s another number for you: 14. That’s how many regional Emmy nominations that Public Media Connect received. PMC consists of WCET 48 (CET) in Cincinnati and WPTD 16 in Dayton/WPTO 14 in Oxford — Cincinnati, the two latter stations are otherwise known as Think TV. The winners will be announced on August 5th and PMC is hoping that WCET or WPTD/WPTO come out with some victories.

WCET 48 in Cincinnati and WPTD Dayton/WPTO Oxford — Cincinnati are looking for some regional Emmy wins in August.

Just this morning, we received word that WGBY 57 in Springfield has introduced a new general manager. His name is Anthony V. Hayes and replaces Rus Poetter who retired after 15 years at the helm. Anthony is no stranger to public broadcasting though as he had positions at Connecticut Public Broadcasting (CPTV — PBS/WNPR — NPR) and at 88.5 WAMU in Washington, D.C.

WGBY 57 Springfield’s new general manager is no stranger to public broadcasting.

Programming Changes:

Two stations are now welcoming the addition of the BBC Newshour from the BBC World Service. The first one is 89.3 KCUR in Kansas City which now airs the program weekday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. CT.

KCUR is one of two stations this week to now air the BBC Newshour.

The other one is 89.3 KPCC in Pasadena — Los Angeles. They’ve started to air the program as well but its on weekends at 1:00 p.m. PT.

KPCC is another one to start airing the BBC Newshour, but its on weekends.

But that wasn’t the only programming change KPCC experienced this week. They also started to air The New Yorker Radio Hour on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. PT. That caused WNYC StudiosOn The Media to be moved to Sunday mornings in the same 10:00 a.m. PT timeslot.

KPCC made more programming changes by now airing The New Yorker Radio Hour while shifting On The Media.

Tri-States Public Radio is composed of four stations serving West Central Illinois and they too have started to carry the BBC Newshour on weekdays at 3:00 p.m. CT and are now airing the BBC World Service during the overnight hours.

Tri-State Public Radio is now carrying the BBC Newshour as well as the BBC World Service.

Finally on this category, two new stations have started to carry Reveal, a co-production for the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

The first one is 91.7 WVXU in Cincinnati (also simulcast on 88.5 WMUB in Oxford), airing it Friday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Reveal is heard Friday nights on 91.7 WVXU and full-power satellite 88.5 WMUB.

The other one is Iowa Public Radio which started carrying it this weekend. It now airs Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. CT on its IPR News network.

Reveal is also on Iowa Public Radio as well under the IPR News network.

Technical Problems:

Every now and then, television and radio signals aren’t perfect as they suffer through technical problems which causes viewers and listeners to lose some of their favorite programming. We saw three stations suffer this week though most have since been restored.

The first was 94.9 KUOW in Seattle. It wasn’t their main signal, but rather in fact, their online signal at KUOW.org was having those problems. Those have since been restored.

Listening to KUOW online had some problems but they’re all good now.

The next one was 88.7 WBFO Buffalo. Not their main signal, but their HD one and their two repeaters: 88.1 WUBJ in Jamestown and 91.3 WOLN in Olean. There was no HD signal and the two repeaters were more limited in hearing than usual. Yours truly doesn’t live in the Buffalo area so there’s no idea if the stations are actually back on-air but I believe they have since this took place on Friday.

WBFO also had problems but with its HD signal and its two analog repeaters.

And finally, we go to Indiana where severe weather on Friday prompted problems for Muncie’s WIPB 49. It affected over-the-air and Dish Network viewers while Comcast viewers weren’t affected. Three of Indiana Public Radio’s stations (91.7 FM WBSJ in Portland, Ind.; 90.9 FM WBSW in Marion, Ind. and 91.1 FM WBSH in Hagerstown — New Castle, Ind.) were also affected. But IPR’s two other stations, the flagship (92.1 FM WBST in Muncie) and a satellite (89.5 FM WBSB in Anderson, Ind.) were unaffected.

Problems affecting WIPB and some of Indiana Public Radio’s stations.

Good news, though! The three affected stations are back up at full power with WIPB 49’s over-the-air signal running at reduced power at the moment. The Dish Network signal of WIPB 49 is fully restored and it could be by tomorrow when WIPB is fully back up and running at full power.

All of Indiana Public Radio is running normally once again and WIPB is at reduced power. Full power could come by tomorrow.

Birthdays:

You won’t see this every time we do this but every once in a while, we’ll mention stations or programs that are celebrating their birthdays. Here are just a few of them found this week:

Michigan Radio turned 69 this week! The flagship station, 91.7 WUOM in Ann Arbor — Detroit and also covering Lansing, first went on-the-air on July 5th, 1948 and turned 69 on Tuesday. They have just started its 70th year of broadcasting.

Happy Birthday, Michigan Radio!

A program that’s celebrating its anniversary is the program P.O.V. or Point of View. Currently airing on PBS member stations all across the country, it made its debut on July 5th, 1988. Since then, it has won 34 Emmys, 19 Peabodys and yes, even 3 Oscars.

Happy anniversary to the documentary series Point of View.

Finally, AM 820 and 93.9 FM — WNYC in New York City celebrated its 93rd birthday yesterday. It was born on July 8th, 1924 and has since grown into one of the country’s most-recognized and best public radio stations. They’re the only station to have its own distributing unit, WNYC Studios, in which it offers its own shows to distribute to public radio stations nationwide as well as offer their own podcasts.

Happy birthday to the legendary WNYC!

And that’s your best of public media for the week. Long post I know but when there’s lots of things happening, you gotta put them into notice. Please join us again next week when we offer more news and happenings in public media. Follow us here on Medium or on Twitter @PubMediaFans for more content. Have a great week!

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