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Tyler Falk

Chicago, IL
Assistant Editor, Current.org
As seen in: ZDNet, SmartPlanet, Grist

I cover public radio and podcasts for @currentpubmedia. Formerly @SmartPlanet, @AtlanticCities and @grist.

Podcast audiences look increasingly like America

current.org — New data shared by Edison Research and Triton Digital shows that the audience for podcasts has become more ethnically diverse in the past five years. Based on results from their 2016 Infinite Dial study, which surveyed by phone 2,001 people 12 years of age and older, the share of African-American podcast listeners had increased 2 percent compared to the 2011 Infinite Dial study, from 14 percent to 16 percent.

StoryCorps announces 2017 destinations for mobile recording studio

current.org — StoryCorps will collect stories in 10 U.S. cities next year in its Airstream trailer turned recording studio, the organization announced Thursday. The MobileBooth, which gathers 40-minute interviews between friends and relatives, will stop for a month in each city. A copy of each interview is given to the participants and archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

CBC replaces ‘q’ host

current.org — The Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s q will get a new host, the CBC announced Monday. Tom Power, host of the CBC's Radio 2 Morning, will replace current host Shad on the pop culture interview program. Shad, whose full name is Shadrach Kabango, will stay on at CBC and "explore new creative opportunities including a new radio show with CBC," according to a press release.

NPR to end website comments

current.org — Users of NPR's website will no longer be able to comment on story pages starting next week, the network announced Wednesday. NPR has allowed comments on its site for eight years, but after "much experimentation and discussion, we've concluded that the comment sections on NPR.org stories are not providing a useful experience for the vast majority of our users," said Scott Montgomery, NPR's managing editor for digital news, in a post on NPR's site.

NPR, stations credit audience gains to range of factors

current.org — The audience for NPR's newsmagazines and its member stations has been growing, and the network hopes to capitalize on the gains by accelerating the system's fall fundraising schedule. According to Nielsen data shared with Current, average-quarter-hour listening to Morning Edition and All Things Considered grew among all age groups, except for listeners aged 55-64, from spring 2015 to spring 2016.

WBUR’s BizLab begins testing innovations for public radio

current.org — BizLab, an initiative of Boston's WBUR to develop new digital business models for public radio, is unveiling its first projects nearly two years after receiving startup funding from the Knight Foundation. It's working on an analytics dashboard for public radio stations that will track donations, social media and podcast metrics to brief staffers on up to 180 key metrics.

Lacking a buyer and short on funds, KUSP goes off the air

current.org — KUSP-FM in Santa Cruz, Calif., ended on-air and online broadcasting at midnight Sunday, struggling under a massive debt load and unable to find a buyer. "This decision reflects the reality of the station's financial situation; we simply cannot afford to broadcast any longer," said Matt Farrell, president of the station's board, in a press release.

KCRW adds donated signal

current.org — KCRW in Santa Monica, Calif., is adding its sixth full-power FM signal. The signal, 101.3 FM in Los Osos-Baywood, Calif., was donated by El Dorado Broadcasters and previously aired adult contemporary music, according to Radio Insight. The station's intellectual property was sold in June to a commercial radio company.

WAMU hires EP for ‘Diane Rehm Show’ replacement

current.org — WAMU made its first big move Tuesday in rethinking its successor to The Diane Rehm Show by hiring Rupert Allman as executive producer for a new program to be piloted this fall. Allman comes from New York's WNYC, where he has been executive producer of The Takeaway.

Public radio host signs professional basketball contract

current.org — Public radio talent has been leaving the system for the likes of Gimlet and Audible, but KUNC in Greeley, Colo., has lost a local host to professional basketball - in Poland. Local All Things Considered host Kareem Maddox will leave next month for Eastern Europe, where he will play for Miasto Szkla Krosno.
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Aug 17, 2016

@CreativeNewman you're right! thanks for pointing that out. I'll update.

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