Michigan Radio PD will join NPR to focus on ‘local experience’ of streaming app

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Tamar Charney, program director at Michigan Radio, will join NPR next month to work with the network’s NPR One app, the network announced Wednesday.


Charney will be the local editorial lead for NPR One, a new position at the network. According to a memo sent to stations, Charney will work to “improve the local experience for Member stations and audiences alike.”  The memo was signed by Chris Turpin, v.p. of news programming and operations; Zach Brand, v.p. of digital media; and Sara Sarasohn, NPR One’s managing director.

“She will work with stations to make sure that NPR One feels local, better represents local news and shows, and directs NPR One’s growth to support station priorities,” the memo said.

Charney leaves Michigan Radio after a 19-year career at the station. She also serves as board chair for the Public Radio Program Directors Association and has been on the board since 2010. She has also worked for WDET in Detroit and WEMU in Ypsilanti, Mich.

“NPR One is still at the beginning of what it can be for stations and local communities,” the memo said. “In addition to being a powerful new listening experience for the public radio audience, NPR One is proving to be a truly unique tool for innovation, testing and learning. Tamar will make sure that stations can experiment in meaningful ways as we collectively build a digital future for public radio.”

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