News Bites for October 25...
...Michigan Radio and Boston University news/talk WBUR-FM Boston (90.9) are recipients of the Google News Initiative (GNI) North America Innovation Challenge, an international program that funds projects bringing new ideas into the news industry. The Michigan Radio initiative is the “Public Meeting Tracker,” which is designed to enable more comprehensive coverage of local government meetings, while also increasing audience engagement for local news in underserved small towns and rural areas across Michigan. WBUR will embark on a project aimed at enabling public radio listeners to interact and transact with live local news content, using their voice, while driving their car.
...Novelist Kurt Andersen is ending his syndicated weekly public radio program on arts and culture, “Studio 360.” The program, which has run for 20 years, will wrap up Feb. 27, 2020, according to the New York Post. “When we started, there was no other show like it,” Anderson said. “Now everyone is covering it.”
...Forever Media launches urban AC as “Jammin’ 96.9” on WVJJ Wilmington, DE (1510), with the addition of the Wilmington-licensed translator W245CJ at 96.9. The station is utilizing Westwood One’s “The Touch” programming outside of morning drive, which features “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.” The 1510 signal was previously urban gospel as “Faith 1510” WFAI. Forever Media also adds translator simulcasts to “NewsRadio 1390” WRSC and sports WQWK (1440) in State College. WRSC can now be heard on the State College-licensed translator W227DV at 93.3, while WQWK adds an FM simulcast on W279DK at 103.7.