Wednesday roundup: WQED looks for alums; St. Louis newsroom ‘reborn’ with Ferguson coverage

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Are you among the snappy dressers in this photo? Then you should plan on attending the WQED Family Reunion next month. (Photo: WQED)

Are you among the snappy dressers in this photo? Then you should plan on attending the WQED Family Reunion next month. (Photo: WQED)

• WQED in Pittsburgh is calling all alums for its first-ever “Family Reunion” next month. Among former staffers returning: Tom Cherones, who went on to direct 86 episodes of Seinfeld, and Chuck Hauck, who later wrote for series including Maude, M*A*S*H, Home Improvement and Frasier. Sign up at the WQED Family Reunion website.

• St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon merged last December. Now, after a summer covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo., the combined newsroom is hitting its stride. “We were born as a merged organization in December, but we were really reborn this month in the heat of this story,” St. Louis Public Radio editor Margaret Wolf Freivogel, the founding editor of the online Beacon, tells Nieman Lab.

• Comic Paula Poundstone, a regular on NPR’s Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!, sees NPR listeners as “well-informed, or seek[ing] to be,” she says in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “They’re polite and fun. There’s not a lot of head-bangers. I’m sure there’s some tattoos, but not as many as some might think.”

• Roger LaMay, g.m. at WXPN-FM in Philadelphia, discusses with Fred Jacobs how his station is taking on Pandora in its upcoming Vinyl At Heart marketing campaign.

• Diane Ravitch, a historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University, writes on her blog that “aside from Bill Moyers, PBS has paid little attention to the astonishing, destructive, breath-taking assaults on the very principle of public education” — a statement that prompted a host of interesting comments.