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Telling the Story - Programming
(2008-12-03)
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In this section, you will find the answers to the following questions:

What's the management structure as far as the News Director and the Program Director?
Does the Program Director have some news experience in his or her background?
Describe locally-produced news and information programs - talk shows, news magazines.
Are they housed in the news department or a different department?

What's the management structure as far as the News Director and the Program Director?

KQED- The GM is also the Program Director. KQED has an Executive Director for News and Public Affairs. The News Director reports to him.
KUOW- News Director Guy Nelson reports to Program Director Jeff Hansen who is basically the public affairs director. He and Nelson work together to integrate the news with the station's talk shows.
KWMU-they are essentially equals who both report to the Administrative Manager
KOPB- OPB has a vice president of news and public affairs (responsible for radio, TV and web) and a vice president of radio programming. They work collaboratively and each reports to the CEO.
WPLN - News Director reports to Program Director
WKSU- News Director reports to Program Director
WEVO -The News Director answers to the Program Director KSKA - They work together. PD doesn't have news oversight role but does have
input in the sound of the station.
KBIA - The News Director reports to the General Manager not the Programming Director, though the two do work together for series scheduling, etc.

Does the Program Director have some news experience in his or her background?

KQED- yes Joanne Wallace has 25 years experience in public broadcast management. She also served 9 years in National Public Radio's news and information programming division. During her tenure it acquired Fresh Air and Car Talk, created Weekend Edition and saved Weekend ATC from the chopping block.
KUOW- yes, Jeff Hansen was once a reporter and a talk show host
KWMU-no, Mark Schrand was a production intern, traffic director, weekend announcer and an ME engineer before becoming PD
KOPB-only insofar as her work at OPB
WPLN - yes, Henry Fennell grew up reporting for his small town radio station and then served as a reporter at a larger commercial station for several years. He's also hosted both Morning Edition and ATC for WPLN.
WKSU- yes, as a former reporter who still does the occasional story, PD Mark Urycki served a short stint as News Director and still fills in as an anchor on ME and ATC.
WEVO -no
KSKA - no
KBIA - yes, PD John Bailey attended broadcast journalism school at Columbia.

Describe locally-produced news and information programs - talk shows, news magazines.

KQED- The California Report - half-hour statewide news magazine that airs each Friday evening on 22 stations. Daily statewide coverage - a mini-California report - that airs twice each morning at 6:50 and 8:50. Forum - a call-in talk show that airs weekdays at 9:00am. Quest - a multi-media program that focuses on science and environmental issues, airs Monday mornings at 6:30 and 8:30.
KUOW- four hours of local shows daily - Weekday - public affairs show 9-11am, The Conversation - news oriented talk show 1-2pm, Sound Focus - magazine show on the flavor of the Puget Sound- 2-3pm
KWMU- two locally produced 1-hour call-in talk shows = a regional news and issues show called St. Louis on the Air Mondays through Thursdays and an arts program called Cityscape on Fridays.
KOPB- On weekdays, locally-produced newscasts air twice an hour from 5 to 9 AM, once an hour from 9 to 4, and then twice an hour from 4 to 6 PM. There are weekend newscasts at the top of the hour from 6 to 10 AM. OPB covers Morning Edition's "E" segment at 6:50 and 8:50 to air feature reports and host two-ways. Traffic and weather information is delivered at other times during the program. OPB also just recently created its own daily talk show titled Think Out Loud which airs 9-10 AM, Monday-Friday, with a re-broadcast daily at 9 PM
WPLN - no locally produced news programs, only features and newscasts inserted into ME and ATC
WKSU- no, the station eliminated a half-hour nightly show to free up reporters to be more thoughtful and produce more in-depth features.
WEVO -NHPR has two locally produced interview/call-in talk shows, Word of Mouth and The Exchange.
KSKA -weekly "AK" program
KBIA - Week night, 8-minute "mini-programs" produced by the news room on education, business, science, the arts, and politics. Week night, half-hour talk programs.

Are they housed in the news department or a different department?

KQED- news
KUOW- talk shows are housed under the Program Director
KWMU- their one talk show has a talk show producer who falls under the Program Director
KOPB-On-air hosts are part of the news department
WPLN - n/a
WKSU- n/a
WEVO -Talk show producers report to the Program Director.
KSKA - On-air hosts are part of the Operations and Programming departments.
KBIA - three produced by the Morning Edition host on arts, campus issues, general interviews and two produced by faculty at the Columbia Schools of Journalism: The Global Journalist and Views on The News.
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