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North Country Public Radio Announces New Mid-morning Program (8/1/05)

A new national news and information program, On Point, will air on North Country Public Radio, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, beginning Monday, August 8. The new offering replaces The Connection, which is no longer in production. "The Connection has been one of the most popular programs heard on our station, and we are very sorry to see it come to an end, said NCPR Program Director Jackie Sauter. Dick Gordon is a world-class journalist with wide appeal as host, and will be very much missed by our listeners." The Boston-based public radio station WBUR cancelled the program as part of a cost-cutting effort. As a replacement, WBUR is moving the evening news and information program, On Point, into the mid-day timeslot and is offering it to public radio stations around the country.

On Point is hosted by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook. He was raised on an Illinois farm, attended Yale University and worked as a surveyor and dynamiter in Alaska's oil fields before turning foreign correspondent. He spent ten years in Asia, based in India, Hong Kong and Tokyo. At the Boston Globe, Ashbrook directed coverage of the end of the Cold War and of the Gulf War, serving as deputy managing editor until 1996. He was awarded the Livingston Prize for National Reporting and named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Ashbrook was enlisted to host emergency coverage of the 9/11 attacks and world response for National Public Radio through WBUR, Boston.


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