Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Post-Rehm program at WAMU will be "deep, civil conversation"

From DCRTV July 28:
WAMU Plans For Post-Rehm Show - 7/28 - American University public radio news talker WAMU, 88.5, has hired Rupert Allman as executive producer for the program that will replace Diane Rehm, who is retiring later this year. Allman comes from NYC's WNYC, where he has been executive producer of "The Takeaway." Rehm announced last year that she will end her nationally syndicated late morning talk show after the 2016 presidential election. The direction of the new program will be shaped by Allman and a new host who has not been announced, WAMU General Manager JJ Yore tells current.org. He expects the new show, which WAMU is calling "Project X" for now, to be built from the "best of the DNA of The Diane Rehm Show." However, WAMU is looking to "create a show that is more diverse, that is multi-platform from inception and has a more flexible format," Yore says. For example, the successor to Rehm will move away from its current format of one topic per hour. "Some days it may be two subjects, some days we may go longer on one," Yore adds. But "the new format will continue to have a deep, civil conversation, that will be one of the characteristics of the show." Yore says WAMU has a list of about 70 hosts as potential successors to Rehm. The station contracted Madhulika Sikka, who formerly worked as executive editor at NPR News, to assist in the host search, Current adds.....

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