Weekly roundup: Serial, Sound Medicine and community radio

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Koenig (Photo: Penn State, via Flickr/Creative Commons)

Koenig (Photo: Penn State, via Flickr/Creative Commons)

• Serial‘s Sarah Koenig discussed the podcast at a Power of Narrative conference at Boston University Sunday. She reflected on her relationship with the show’s subject, Adnan Syed. “Sometimes, as uncomfortable as it is to admit it, there’s a little bit of flirting going on,” Koenig said, as quoted by the Boston Globe. “I’m a little cringe-y looking back. I’m laughing too much. It sounds like we’re friends.”

WFYI in Indianapolis will end production this month of Sound Medicine, a radio show about health that airs on about 40 stations. But the station is working on a CPB-funded collaboration focused on health and wellness reporting, reports the Indianapolis Business Journal. Stations in Rochester, N.Y., and Columbia, Mo., are also involved in the new effort.

The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester, Mass., checks in on community radio station WICN as it observes its 45th birthday. “It always seemed as if we were gonna fall off a cliff,” says longtime host Mark Lynch. “But people were dedicated. It’s a huge volunteer staff. They’re coming in week after week, year after year, and really caring about it. And you get swept up in that.”

Patricia Aufderheide, director of the Center for Media & Social Impact, delivers a dispatch from this year’s SXSW conference. Of PBS’s role at the festival, she wrote, “PBS has a lot of competition in its desire to lure indies [independent filmmakers] to its brand. At the moment, PBS doesn’t even seem to make the radar of Variety, which just did a trend piece on the ‘golden age’ of documentary without once mentioning it.”

Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., expelled three students this week after they made racist comments on the school’s radio station, reports CBS Pittsburgh. At Radio Survivor, a “college media expert” argues that maybe expulsion was an overreaction. Possibly, but saying “black people should be dead” seems just a bit worse than “a joke that didn’t land,” no?

Clickhole asks, How Many Of These NPR Shows Have You Listened To During Your Commute?

And finally, check out this marriage proposal delivered by public radio pledge. Are on-air dedications the next step? “This Radiolab episode goes out to Barbara from Jim, who was listening to it in his earbuds when their eyes first met on the subway.”