Pubradio speech vehicle runs out of gas

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American Public Media will discontinue Word for Word, its weekly broadcast of notable speeches, effective Aug. 8, the distributor announced today. “Despite our best efforts, the program has not gained significant station carriage,” said Jon McTaggart, chief operating officer. [Program website.] Former APM exec Bill Buzenberg launched the series in June 2006 before moving to the investigative journalism organization Center for Public Integrity. The program’s host has been Melinda Penkava.