WFPL’s Local Talk Show is Evolving, and 1pm is Changing

by Todd Mundt on April 19, 2011

Julie Kredens announced the end of State of Affairs at the end of today’s show.

The first thing we want you to know is that we’ll have a big celebration show on Thursday at 1pm and 9pm – looking back at some of our most memorable moments – favorite callers, unforgettable guests, life-changing stories – and we want you to join us to let us know if there’s a moment or two that’s stuck with you as you’ve listened.

What’s next? WFPL has been committed to local talk for 14 years, and we’re keeping that commitment. State of the News – the popular Friday roundup of important local and regional news – will continue at 1pm.

We’ll also be launching regular news specials (like tomorrow’s examination of Mayor Fischer’s first 100 days in office), where we devote significant time to discussing local news or other topics that listeners tell us are important.

From day to day, we’ll air Here and Now from PRI, which will provide a framework for local interviews with newsmakers, authors, academic experts, and civic groups. It will be similar in style to Morning Edition and All Things Considered, which provide a framework for our local news and in-depth reporting in the mornings and afternoons.

Why the change? It’s time. Our resources for local talk are limited, so we need to focus on high quality and high impact for the work we do. We also need to align local talk more closely with Louisville Public Media’s goal of increasing its journalistic output to better serve the community.

What’s happening with Julie? We’re working on a concept for a new series of interviews that will showcase Julie’s ability to interact with guests and create really magical radio. Watch for more news about that.

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