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NPR Demographics

January 21, 2016

NPR Demographics

“As NPR came of age in the 1980s, its audience matured with it. Three decades later, that is starting to look like a problem.

Many of the listeners who grew up with NPR are now reaching retirement age, leaving NPR with a challenge: How can it attract younger and middle-aged audiences — whose numbers are shrinking — to replace them?”

— “NPR is graying, and public radio is worried about it,” Paul Farhi, Washington Post

“Though NPR is seeing some listening gains on digital platforms, particularly with podcasts, its broadcast audience has dropped. Average–quarter-hour (AQH) listening during morning drive time has dropped 11 percent in the past five years, and afternoon drive audience has declined 6 percent. The only age bracket that has increased listening to NPR stations is the 65-plus audience.”

— “Drop in younger listeners makes dent in NPR news audience,” Tyler Falk, Current

More:

“Who Isn’t Listening to Public Radio,” Justin Fox, Bloomberg View

“WNYC is leading public radio’s transition to public podcasting,” Jack Murtha, Columbia Journalism Review

“Why I Left NPR,” Stephen Henn, Medium

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Cherry Blossom Webcam

April 7, 2015

Cherry Blossom Webcam

Cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin; that’s springtime in Washington, DC. The National Park Service estimates that peak bloom will be April 11th to April 14th. Keep track of blossom progress on the Cherry Blossom Webcam.

NPS Tidal Basin cherry tree locator map

National Cherry Blossom Festival website.

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Tom Magliozzi, 1937 — 2014

November 3, 2014

Tom Magliozzi, 1937-2014

Tom Magliozzi, co-host of NPR’s “Car Talk” brother act, died on Monday at the age of 77. Besides joking and giving car repair advice, he and brother Ray ran a garage and a self-help car repair facility in Cambridge MRA, their hometown. A graduate of MIT, Tom also taught, worked in industry, and played bass in a Bluegrass band.

Tom and Ray Magliozzi put their weekly Car Talk radio program up on blocks in September 2012, and NPR has been recycling the good parts each week since then. The program ran for 10 years as a local feature on Boston’s WBUR-FM before being picked up by NPR stations nationwide 27 years ago.

Tom and Ray received a Peabody Award in 1992 and have been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. More importantly, they have been honored by the Martin Guitar Company with a special edition Click and Clack Martin Guitar (great muffler inlay on the fifth fret).

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Knishes

June 4, 2014

Knishes

“When Laura Silver‘s favorite knish shop in New York closed it doors, she started to investigate why it shut down. And that led to a years-long research project ….

Her book Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food explores the history of the baked delicacy filled with meat or vegetables and what it means to the people who love it.”

— “The Humble Knish: Chock-Full Of Carbs And History,” NPR

Knishes are big in New York of course, but also in other places with large Ashkenazi (Central- and Eastern-European Jewish) populations, like Argentina:

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Brouhaha Over New NPR Spa-HQ

June 24, 2013

Brouhaha Over New NPR Spa-HQ

NPR (formerly “National Public Radio”) showed off its new 400,000-square-foot headquarters to media rivals last week, and reporters’ attention wandered from the state-of-the-art digital production facilities to the wellness center, employee gym with a trainer, green roof complete with beehives, and the gourmet cafe with its resident chef. Seems pretty luxurious for a nonprofit outfit.

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Car Talk Will Be Towed to the Junkyard

June 8, 2012

Car Talk Will B Towed to the Junkyard

Tom and Ray Magliozzi will put their weekly Car Talk radio program up on blocks in September. The program ran for 10 years as a local feature on Boston’s WBUR-FM before being picked up by NPR stations nationwide 25 years ago. Tom Magliozzi is turning 75 this year and, according to his brother Ray, has decided that even one hour’s work a week is too much.

“Car Guys” Tom and Ray received a Peabody Award in 1992 and have been inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. More importantly, they have been honored by the Martin Guitar Company with a special edition Click and Clack Martin Guitar (great muffler inlay on the fifth fret).

Car Talk’s drive train may be shot but, like any old beater, it’s still got some decent parts. The show’s archivist and editors will bolt them together and test drive them on public radio starting in October.

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NPR Sells Web Services to Stations

June 20, 2011

NPR Sells Web Services to Stations

National Public Radio execs are on a road trip to demo web services to the network’s 268 affiliated U.S. radio stations. The roadshow is also an effort to calm stations upset by earlier indications that purchase of expensive digital services would be required of all affiliates. NPR recently bought the Public Interactive web services company from Public Radio International.

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Juan Time Too Many

October 22, 2010

Juan Time Too Many

Until he was fired yesterday, Juan Williams was a News Analyst on NPR (formerly National Public Radio). Before that, he was an NPR News Correspondent, a reporting position. For the past few years, Mr. Williams has also held a second job as a Fox News commentator. His statements there are more unconstrained, more about opinion than reportage of fact.

We don’t know if Fox commentators have a code of ethics, but NPR journalists do, and it specifically instructs them to avoid public appearances in situations that “encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.” When Mr. Williams crossed that line before, in 2009, he admitted it. He had done it the previous year, too, and NPR responded by changing his job duties from “Correspondent” to “Analyst.” NPR also asked Fox to stop identifying Juan Williams as “NPR Political Analyst” on their telecasts.

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NPR. It stands for … NPR.

July 8, 2010

NPR. It stands for ... NPR.

National Public Radio has announced it will now be known as NPR. The Public broadcaster joins other image-conscious nonprofits in adopting a self-referential abbreviation, chief among them AARP. “Radio” sounds so old-fashioned, just like “Colored People” and “Retired People.” The “just-call-us-NPR” network is trying to emphasize its sizeable mobile, podcast, and web presence because the NPR radio audience largely comprises … retired people.

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Spinning Blues, Spinning Tales

December 6, 2008

Spinning Blues, Spinning Tales

Chicago Blues goes Hollywood next week with the release of a major film starring Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, and Beyonce Knowles.  Cadillac Records is the fictionalized account of Jewish immigrant entrepreneur Leonard Chess and the African American artists who developed urban Blues.

Leonard’s son Marshall Chess has executive producer credit, but he also has reservations about the film, which leaves a Chess co-founder, his uncle Phil, on the cutting room floor. “It’s like you make a movie about flight with the Wright brothers and you cut out one brother,” he told NPR’s Neda Ulaby.

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