WNYC in New York will launch Gabfest Radio, a one-hour program combining edited versions of two popular podcasts led by editors of online magazine Slate, with two weekend broadcasts.
The move is a fast turnaround for WNYC, which first announced the program and collaboration with Slate in a Tuesday press release. Slate's Political Gabfest, which began in 2005, is hosted by website editor David Plotz, chief political correspondent John Dickerson and senior editor and legal correspondent Emily Bazelon. Its Culture Gabfest, which originated in 2008, is hosted by deputy editor Julia Turner, movie critic Dana Stevens and culture critic at large, Stephen Metcalf. Slate and the Slate Group of online properties are owned by the Washington Post Co.
"Many of the Gabfest panelists have already appeared on our signature local and national shows, so this just seemed like a natural step for WNYC," Chris Bannon, WNYC v.p. for content development and production, said in the release.