Some new faces are coming to WNYC-AM/FM as the New York Public radio station announced the arrivals of Steve Smith and Ann Givens.
“I’m thrilled to announce that two more talented editors will be joining our newsroom: Steve Smith and Ann Givens will be starting new roles at WNYC in the coming weeks,” Deputy Editor Stephanie Clary wrote in a staff memo. “Each will lead a desk and be charged with developing essential multi-platform journalism.”
Smith arrives at the radio station following a stint with NPR and will take over as the Culture & Arts Editor. He also spent 13 years as a music editor at Time Out New York and doubled as a classical music critic for The New York Times. The former NPR employee’s first day with WNYC will be Jan. 24th.
Meanwhile, Givens joins WNYC as the Public Safety Editor. One of the marquee positions she has held in her career was as an investigative producer at NBC New York, winning two New York Emmys for stories on government corruption and housing discrimination.
“We are excited to start the new year off strong with Steve, Ann, and other recently announced new hires Herb Pinder, Tiffany Hanssen, and Consider This host Janae Pierre joining our team. Please join me in welcoming our new colleagues to WNYC!” the memo concluded.
NPR Names Collin Campbell New Podcast Chief
“We have to really look at ways to stand out.”
NPR is making changes to its podcasting department as the public radio company announced that Collin Campbell will be their new podcast chief.
Furthermore, the reason for Campbell’s promotion is to stabilize NPR’s position as a critical player in a crowded field. The podcasting industry has become increasingly crowded, causing the once-innovative outlet to lose its leading status.
“People who are looking for news and information on topics are just facing a really confusing mix,” Campbell said in an interview ahead of the announcement (h/t Podcast News Daily).
“You can’t sort between the output of a group of journalists that have the goods and have the boots on the ground and a bunch of people [simply] talking about it. We have to really look at ways to stand out and show what we do and how we do it.”
Campbell pledged to strengthen the public radio network’s journalism, connect more with listeners, and leverage its local member stations. Additionally, NPR’s acting chief content officer, Edith Chapin, selected Campbell after a national search. He will start his new position next month.
Bill Handel: Elon Musk ‘Has Done Everything He Can to Destroy’ X
“He has done everything he can to destroy that company, and he has done a brilliant job.”
X owner Elon Musk elevated eyebrows around the media world Wednesday by declaring that advertisers who are boycotting the social media platform can “go f–k” themselves. KFI AM-640 host Bill Handel believes the move is another in a long line of bad decisions by the billionaire.
While discussing Musk’s comments, Handel argued that the comments won’t be overly helpful as Musk attempts to regain advertising dollars that left the platform after charges he posted anti-Semitic content. A Media Matters report detailed that large advertisers saw their advertisements placed directly next to other anti-Semitic content on the platform also led to the boycott.
“That’s an interesting move, by a CEO telling advertisers who are either about to leave or leaving because of controversy about the CEO of the company they’re advertising with. I don’t believe that’s a particularly good move,” Handel admitted. “It’s been at least 10 days, two weeks, since he posted the anti-Semitic comments and advertisers said ‘Thank you, we’re done’, up to this point.”
Handel continued by noting that a simple apology from Musk would have likely ended any pushback before other advertisers pulled their money.
“I think so. ‘Oops, I made a mistake. I’m sorry’, I don’t know,” Handel said before joking that Musk’s purchase of X was equal to an average person seeing candy bars at the checkout of a grocery store.
“He grabbed it without thinking. He has done everything he can to destroy that company, and he has done a brilliant job.”
NewsNation’s The Hill to Begin Airing on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S.
“We think The Hill is a perfect start and look forward to listeners getting a taste of the NewsNation product.”
NewsNation announced on Wednesday that it will offer an audio broadcast of the network’s 5 p.m. political program, The Hill, on SiriusXM’s bipartisan P.O.T.U.S. Channel.
The audio broadcast on SiriusXM will begin on Monday, December 4, and will air each weeknight on SiriusXM channel 124 at 6:00 PM ET, following the original live broadcast on NewsNation.
“As NewsNation continues to grow and expand the brand, we are searching for new ways to meet our audiences wherever they are, and our agreement with SiriusXM will do just that,” Michael Corn, President of News at NewsNation, said.
“We think The Hill is a perfect start and look forward to listeners getting a taste of the NewsNation product whether they’re in their cars or on-the-go listening to the SiriusXM app.”
Blake Burman, The Hill’s chief Washington correspondent, moderates this program that provides an insider’s perspective on the most important news headlines emerging from Washington.
The program focuses on the individuals actively shaping today’s political landscape. Furthermore, Burman and panelists analyze critical issues and ask essential questions.