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WMUB FM announces local news changes
OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University's National Public Radio station, WMUB 88.5 FM, announces the first stages of its Local News Project, designed to enhance existing local news coverage and add a new local talk show.
The first changes begin August 17. In addition to spot news reports during the 6-9 a.m. portion of Morning Edition, WMUB news staff will air in-depth local stories, both originally-produced and from Ohio Public Radio.
Similar reports will be added during All Things Considered from 4-7 p.m. beginning in September.
Commentary by local listeners will resume in a few weeks.
In addition, grain reports and locally-oriented stock market reports will again precede the Noon Report.
The most ambitious part of the Local News Project will be a pilot for a local talk show to be built around e-mail questions and comments from listeners. The first broadcast of the show is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, September 18th.
"WMUB News has a history of being an award-winning news gathering operation and a rich tradition of covering local issues," stated news and public affairs director Darrel Gray. "We will work to continue that tradition while still looking to the future.
"As an organization that utilizes students in our news gathering and anchoring, we will be placing a premium on training and offering opportunities that will give students 'real life' broadcast journalism experience."
"I think these changes will have great appeal for our listeners," said Cleve Callison, WMUB general manager. "Study after study has shown that NPR listeners value most of all the unique, in-depth and informative quality that NPR brings to national news, and they want that approach in local news as well."
For details of WMUB's programming schedule, go online at http://www.muohio.edu/wmub/.