Summers are, in theory, quiet times. And, more often than not, busy, busy, busy:
WGBH in Boston, top Public TV program producer, acquires Public Radio International (PRI) in Minneapolis, major distributor of Public radio programs.
What does it all mean?
As Boston’s primary public radio service, WBUR’s General Manager Charlie Kravetz said, (producers of the PRI distributed program, “Here & Now,”) “We will take our time to examine the meaning of this ownership change.”
One would wonder what the now retired President & Co-Founder of Minnesota Public Radio and founder 28 years ago of PRI (to distribute A Prairie Home Companion – NPR wasn’t interested) Bill Kling is thinking of this deal. For us in classical music radio-land, what will now happen to the nationally syndicated classical music service, Classical 24 (C24), co-owned by MPR and PRI? Wrinkles. Staus quo for the near term, then what?
These are interesting times. When you consider that “public radio” is really only an adolescent when it comes to other media, is it any wonder that the pressures of reinventing radio as a public service model, coupled with an aging pool of early contributors, a heavily politicized environment, rapidly evolving media landscape, difficult economic times…well, it’s only natural to have seismic shifts. Let the fun begin.