The Best of @PubMediaFans — Edition #10
The week’s news in public media… through Twitter.
Yes, we do have some public media news to tell you about this week. However, Irma has really thrown everyone off guard within public media, especially those within the state of Florida and the public media stations that had to cover the event.
Nonetheless, we serve the entire country with this newsletter and not just a specific region, so we have to move forward and here are this week’s newsletter. And yes, we’ve done ten of these now so enjoy it.
Frontline, the award-winning and acclaimed PBS investigative and documentary news series, is expanding to audio with a brand new podcast. It will be called The Frontline Dispatch, in production with the usual TV distributors PBS and WGBH in Boston as well as podcast host, Public Radio Exchange (PRX). It begins on Thursday, September 14th. (DISCLAIMER: Yes, yours truly is giving this new podcast a try and has subscribed to it.)
Radio Ambulante is NPR’s first-ever podcast in Spanish and continues to only-air in Spanish. It’s back for another new season and it will begin on Tuesday, September 12th with 30 new episodes every single Tuesday from there on out.
Sewing with Nancy from Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) is ending after a 36-year run thanks to health issues from host Nancy Zieman that has forced her to retire.
A new Rocky Mountain news initative is being developed to share and showcase stories across the Rocky Mountain region. Leading the charge will be 91.5 KUNC in Boulder, Co. with other partner stations being 91.5 KBSX (Boise State Public Radio) in Boise, 91.5 KRCC in Colorado Springs, 90.1 KUER in Salt Lake City, Wyoming Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio which serves Billings, Bozeman, Helena and other portions of Montana.
As Vermont Public Radio (VPR) turned 40 this year, the station sat down with President and CEO Robin Turnau on their Vermont Edition program on Thursday to talk about VPR’s history and to learn more about the network and what they do. Ms. Turnau is stepping down from her position and from VPR in March after an illustrious 30 years with the network, the last 8 as President and CEO.
To listen to the full half-hour interview, check out on the link below:
Taking Stock Of 40 Years Of VPR With President And CEO Robin Turnau
It's been 40 years since Vermont Public Radio first signed on the air, broadcasting from studios in Windsor and a…
Embedded from NPR is coming back on Thursday, October 5th with a new season with new episodes, this time focusing on President Donald Trump and his associates in this administration. The podcast is hosted by the wonderful Kelly McEvers, who also hosts NPR’s All Things Considered.
On Thursday, WUCF-TV 24 in Orlando cut away from World programming on its 24.5 subchannel at 1:00 p.m. and temporarily replaced it with a 24/7 simulcast feed of The Florida Channel. The station says in one of their own tweets that they’ll keep the temporary simulcast on 24.5 until Hurricane Irma has passed away from Central Florida.
The Senate Approriations Committee has proposed for this upcoming fiscal year to give the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) the full $445 million funding plus an addition $20 million to restore the public media’s interconnection system which makes it easer for TV and radio stations to distribute public TV and radio programs across the country within one another.
This was an ugly fight but at least its over. The dispute between RRKidz, Inc. and WNED-TV 17 in Buffalo over the Reading Rainbow name and trademarks is over and has been settled. As a result, RRKidz, Inc. can no longer use the Reading Rainbow name and LeVar Burton, the former host of the show, can no longer say “But you don’t have to take my word for it,” one of the show’s most well-known catchphrases, because he was using it for his podcast, LeVar Burton Reads. Not only that, the popular PBS program which began by WNED in 1983, will no longer be rebooted as a possible new series on Netflix.
KCSM-TV Channel 60 has been under some financial trouble for the past few years but it looks like they’re about to be saved by another public broadcaster in the market. San Mateo Community College District is selling the station to Rural California Broadcasting Corporation, which owns KRCB-TV Channel 22 and 91.1 KRCB-FM, for $12 million dollars. This will allow KRCB to expand much more into the San Francisco Bay Area plus allow KCSM to possibly re-affiliate with PBS for the first time since the station took off the PBS affiliation in 2009. However, 91.1 KCSM in San Mateo remains unaffected by the sale, which means it will continue to air Jazz music and remain owned by the college district.
Congrats are in order for Twin Cities PBS (KTCA 2 in St. Paul — Minneapolis) as they’ve been nominated 22 times by the 2017 Upper Midwest Emmy Awards.
As of Sunday, September 10th, many public TV and radio stations across the state of Florida have interruputed their regular program schedules in favor of expanded coverage on Hurricane Irma. The radio stations are using FPREN: Florida Public Radio Emergency Network for extended coverage while local stations are using cut-ins for local coverage. One example is 88.9 WFSU-FM in Tallahassee and 89.1 WFSW in Panama City which, as of Sunday, was on around-the-clock coverage mode. Another example is 89.1 WUFT-FM in Gainesville which was also on the same situation and WUFT-TV 5 was simulcasting the University of Florida’s 24-hour local weather channel, WRUF Channel 10 / Cable 6, while also providing local news updates at times. Other stations also affected by Irma’s path include the following:
- WFSU-TV 11 in Tallahassee and WFSG 56 in Panama City
- WJCT-TV 7 and 89.9 WJCT-FM in Jacksonville
- WUCF-TV 24 and 90.7 WMFE in Orlando
- WEDU 3, WUSF-TV 16 (which will soon go off-air in October) and 89.7 WUSF-FM in Tampa
- WGCU 30 and 90.1 WGCU-FM in Fort Myers
- WPBT 2, WLRN-TV 17 and 91.3 WLRN-FM in Miami (the latter is also heard on 91.5 WKWM in Marathon)
- WXEL-TV 42 and 101.9 W270AD in WPB (101.9 FM is managed by WLRN-FM as 101.9 — NPR for the Palm Beaches)
Another station affected is WPBT Channel 2 in Miami, which as of Sunday, was simulcasting WFOR Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate in Miami to provide continuing coverage of Irma.
11 is the number of how much primetime Emmy nomination awards PBS received this year. That is pretty good considering its a public television network.
KOSU serves NPR programming for both Oklahoma City at 91.7 FM and Tulsa at 107.5 FM. They are expected to receive some major programming changes which will include new programs and is to start Monday, October 2nd. There are too many to mention so check out the tweet below for more details.
89.1 WUFT-FM in my new home market of Gainesville in North Central Florida will soon have more business news on its schedule with the addition of the half-hour business news program Marketplace from American Public Media (APM). Starting Monday, September 11th, the program will be heard at 6:00 p.m. weeknights, even though due to the threat of Hurricane Irma, the debut may be pushed back to later in the week.
If your unaware, NPR is taking some of its shows to the airwaves, originally starting off as podcasts. First off, Hidden Brain with Shankar Vedantam is coming in October with an intial list of affiliates:
- 91.7 KALW / San Francisco
- 90.3 WCPN / Cleveland
- 103.7 WFIU / Bloomington
- Hawaii Public Radio (HPR)
- 89.9 WRVO / Oswego — Syracuse (it will air at 10:00 a.m. Saturday mornings replacing Car Talk)
- 89.1 WUFT-FM / Gainesville
- Public Radio East / Eastern North Carolina
- Jefferson Public Radio / Southern Oregon
- West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB)
- 94.9 KUOW / Seattle
- North Country Public Radio (NCPR) / Adirondack North Country Region of Northern New York
- 89.9 KUAC-FM / Fairbanks
- 88.5 KNKX-FM / Tacoma
Another program soon to be carried by NPR member stations is It’s Been A Minute with Sam Sanders. Here’s that initial list:
- AM 580 WILL / Urbana
- 89.1 WUFT-FM / Gainesville
- 90.1 WFYI-FM / Indianapolis
- 89.7 WOSU-FM / Columbus
- 89.5 WCMU-FM / Mount Pleasant (Northern Michigan and Michigan Peninsula)
- Vermont Public Radio (VPR)
- Texas Public Radio (TPR) / San Antonio
- Alabama Public Radio (APR)
- 88.5 KNKX-FM / Tacoma
In fact, that program will just be a handful of programming changes that will take place at VPR starting in October. It’s Been A Minute will air on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. replacing Car Talk. The New Yorker Radio Hour joins Sundays at 11:00 a.m., replacing Reveal which moves to Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. On Mondays-Thursdays, Here and NOW is expanding to two hours from 1:00–3:00 p.m. but will remain just an hour on Fridays from 1:00–2:00 p.m. as Science Friday continues to air at 2:00 p.m.
NEXT from the New England News Collaborative (NENC) is adding an additional rebroadcast at 9:00 p.m. Thursdays to replace A Way With Words. New Yorker Radio will also be rebroadcasting at 10:00 p.m. Tuesdays, replacing WNYC Studios’ Snap Judgement.
Speaking of NEXT, the program is moving to a new timeslot on New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR). The program is now on Fridays at 3:00 p.m.
There are also many programming changes coming to 88.5 KNKX-FM in Tacoma as well and its coming in October too. There are too much to detail now so check out this tweet below for more information.
If not, then check out this link below:
New Programming Coming To KNKX!
We are excited to announce several new additions to our weekly broadcast schedule. Listeners have told us -- now more…
Last minute programming changes have taken place at Vermont Public Radio (VPR) on Sunday. After airing All Things Considered as normal at 5:00 p.m., it went to special NPR News coverage of Hurricane Irma from 6:00–9:00 p.m. Many similar stations have done the same, possibly outside of Florida.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) has once again suffered technical problems. It’s TV and FM stations in Beckley (WSWP-TV 9 and 91.7 WVBY) as well as its TV station in Huntington (WVPB-TV 33) went off-air for six hours on Monday. It was a power outage but after that long while, they did come back up and running.
90.7 WMFE in Orlando went off-air for about 45 minutes (not 30 as originally thought) at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday as they finished work on its brand new antenna and get it up and running. As of now, WMFE is broadcasting in a brand new antenna and the HD2 Classical service has returned to the air-waves and this has expanded its coverage area to the station.
South Carolina Public Radio (SCPR) had yet another technical problem. This time, its news/talk stations had an interruption of its feed from NPR. The news/classical service was broadcast on those stations until the news/talk service was able to resume.
As I’ve said, the news/talk stations came back up and running and all is normal again at SCPR.
Rochester’s NPR News station, AM 1370 WXXI, briefly went off-air on Wednesday. No word as to why but it did come back on air shortly after it went off and Marketplace was heard when it did come back to the airwaves. The brief outage lasted just 7 minutes.
For about two hours on very early Thursday morning, WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago went off air but its just due to transmitter maintenace. It did come back on-air after those two hours.
90.3 WBHM in Birmingham experienced some technical problems as well, but with its website and its internet stream this week. We’ve yet to receive any word from Twitter but the streams are back up and running.
91.3 WLRN-FM in Miami has been hit hard during Irma. So much so that their over-the-air signal has been on and off all day. However, they do recommend listeners to listen online at WLRN.org or through the WLRN, Florida Storms or NPR One apps.
Weather World from WPSU has turned 34 on Tuesday and is one of the longest-running public TV weather programs in the country and is one of a few left as well alongside Alaska Weather from Alaska Public Media.
A busy week of this week’s news in public media indeed and that’s due to Irma and its potential impacts across Florida. If you miss anything, please let us know by emailing to me — firstname.lastname@example.org as well as replying or D.M. us on Twitter @PubMediaFans. Have a great week and stay safe to those in Florida who are affected by Hurricane Irma.