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A partnership to promote the future of regional public media

At North Country Public Radio's annual meeting last night in Old Forge, the Adirondack Community Trust announced a partnership with NCPR to help create the next generation of public media professionals. ACT and NCPR will share a $300,000 challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to invest in the future of NCPR's ability to expand regional broadcast and digital news and information services. Martha Foley talks with NCPR Station Manager Ellen Rocco and ACT Executive Director Cali Brooks about the grant announcement.  Go to full article

SLU hosts screening of "Mrs. Goldberg" documentary

She won the first "Best Actress" Emmy Award, garnered a Tony Award and was a broadcasting pioneer. Gertrude Berg is credited with inventing the first television sitcom in 1949. She was principal writer and star of "The Goldbergs", a popular radio and TV show in the 1940's and 50's. Todd Moe talks with filmmaker Aviva Kempner, whose work investigates non-stereotypical images of Jews in history and celebrates the under known stories of Jewish heroes. Kempner says Berg was the Oprah of her day, but many of her contributions to show business have been forgotten. Aviva Kempner will host a screening of the documentary film "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg," at St. Lawrence University tonight at 7 p.m. in Room 218 of Hepburn Hall. Free admission.  Go to full article
Noah John Rondeau
Noah John Rondeau

Adirondack Attic: vintage radio chat with the Hermit of Cold River

Andy Flynn's "Adirondack Attic" series continues with the story of a 1959 radio interview with Noah John Rondeau - the Hermit of Cold River. It's in the audio archives at the Adirondack Museum. You may know Andy from his series of "Adirondack Attic" books on local history. He uses the objects people make, use and leave behind to tell stories about the life and times of the region. NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring these stories to air.  Go to full article

Comparing ?community? and ?public? radio

Ginny Berson, vice president of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, is in the North Country this week. Her radio roots go back to Pacifica Radio. Now she advocates for a broad alliance of community-based radio stations and producers. She talks with Martha Foley about similarities and differences between public and community radio.  Go to full article

FROGGY nominated by Country Music Academy

A neighbor of ours on the North Country's FM dial was nominated this week for small-market station of the year by the Academy of Country Music. It's the second nomination for Froggy, or WFRY, in two years. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

NCPR, gospel station in talks over Lake Placid frequency

North Country Public Radio and a gospel broadcaster based in Rennselaer County may be close to settling an ongoing dispute over a Lake Placid radio frequency. The two stations had filed applications for the same Lake Placid frequency, 91.7 fm, during a rare window the Federal Communications Commission opened last fall for non-commercial broadcasters. NCPR has been broadcasting on 91.7 fm with a lower-power translator for more than 20 years. But it was the only possible frequency the FCC made available in Lake Placid. As Chris Knight reports, Northeast Gospel Broadcasting and North Country Public Radio are trying to meet a deadline imposed by the FCC.  Go to full article

NCPR and WAMC resolve Lake Placid dispute

A tense dispute between North Country Public Radio and WAMC Northeast Public Radio over a Lake Placid radio frequency came to an end yesterday when WAMC agreed to withdraw its application for 91.7 FM. But the battle isn't over yet. A religious broadcaster based in Rennselear County is also seeking the frequency and says he has a stronger application than NCPR. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Radio producer Shea Shackelford
Radio producer Shea Shackelford

Big Shed: Radio for, by the people

Radio producer Shea Shackelford is an audio zealot. He's done stories for NPR and Public Radio International. He also hosts an independent podcast called Big Shed. It features more experimental kinds of radio than what you usually hear on Morning Edition or All Things Considered. A reminder - podcasts are basically radio shows that you download onto your computer or iPod. Shackelford spoke to a lecture room full of students at SUNY Potsdam a couple weeks ago. His message was simple. Sound is really cool and everyone should grab a microphone and recorder and try their hand at making radio. After the lecture, he and David Sommerstein ducked into a stairwell to escape the rain and chat about why he prefers radio to other media.  Go to full article

Ask the Station Call-in

NCPR Station manager Ellen Rocco, program director Jackie Sauter, and news director Martha Foley answer listeners' questions about NCPR and public broadcasting.  Go to full article

Books: Public Radio: Behind the Voices

Lisa Phillips is the author of a new book that digs into the lives of more than 40 of public radio's most cherished personalities. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

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