AirTalk for March 29, 2013

NPR pulls the plug on Talk of the Nation, questioning the relevance of call-in radio shows

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"Here and Now" will become NPR's new national show, replacing "Talk of the Nation."

NPR has decided to cancel “Talk of the Nation,” a 21-year-old call-in show produced by Boston affiliate WBUR. Starting July 1, “Talk of the Nation” will be replaced by “Here and Now,” which falls into the increasingly popular “news magazine” style.

Bedrock NPR programs like “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” operate as news magazines, and in recent years, traditional call-in shows have often been replaced with co-hosted shows with pre-produced segments.

Which style of programming do you prefer? Would you rather call in and engage on the air, or listen to more pre-produced content, magazine style? Are call-in shows becoming obsolete in the era of the online comment? What is the listener’s place in news radio dialogue?

Guest:
Gabriel Kahn, Professor of Professional Practice & Co-Director of Media, Economics and Entrepreneurship (which studies business-model disruption in media) at the School for Communication and Journalism at USC (University of Southern California)


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