Goodbye and Hello: Programming Changes

Jun 23, 2013

Neal Conan
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  June 23, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week is finally here.  This is the last week of NPR’s program, Talk of the Nation, and we are sad to see it go.  Our best wishes to Neal Conan, and we hope to hear from him again.

After 25 years at NPR, 11 of them hosting Talk of the Nation, Neal Conan has been one of NPR's most distinguished journalists.  He brought extraordinary depth, insight and skill to his work. He will leave a legacy of excellence, having carried the nation through some of the most important news of the last decade.

NPR’s decision to end Talk of the Nation led us to create a new schedule that would maintain public radio’s quality and mission.

KGOU carries Here & Now at noon, and it is expanding to two hours.  Starting July 1st, Here & Now will air from noon to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and noon to 1 p.m. on Fridays.

Robin Young
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Emmy and Peabody award-winning Robin Young brings more than 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of Here & Now

Jeremy Hobson
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Co-host Jeremy Hobson worked at Marketplace for six years and was also a producer for NPR's All Things Considered and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! in addition to experience as a reporter for several NPR member stations.

From 2 to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, we will present To the Point.  The host is Warren Olney, and it’s a fast-paced interview program that focuses on the issues of the day.  It is produced by KCRW in Santa Monica, and distributed by Public Radio International. 

Warren Olney
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Warren Olney has been honored with nearly 40 national, regional and local awards for broadcast excellence. Most recently, Olney received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award for his broad achievements in television news, as well as his storied career over 20 years on public radio, both locally and nationally.

Ira Flatow
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Science Friday will remain on Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Please let us know your thoughts about these changes.

Finally, this is the last week of the fiscal year for KGOU.  Please fulfill your pledge online.

Thanks!  From the Manager’s Desk, I’m Karen Holp.