PRPD names Jody Evans president

The Public Radio Program Directors Association named Jody Evans as its new president and c.e.o. Monday. Evans will step into the position Jan. 1. She is currently c.e.o of Western North Carolina Public Radio Inc., the community licensee of WCQS-FM in Asheville, N.C. She joined WCQS as c.e.o. in 2010. Prior to joining WCQS, Evans was p.d. at Vermont Public Radio and at KUT in Austin, Texas.

NPR delays implementing new program clocks until at least November

NPR will postpone implementing new clocks for its flagship newsmagazines until at least November after hearing concerns that an earlier transition could interfere with stations’ fund drives and coverage of midterm elections. The network initially proposed starting the new schedules for Morning Edition and All Things Considered Sept. 22. But stations and the board of the Public Radio Program Directors Association asked for more time. When setting the initial date for implementation, NPR “did a good job of trying to find a time not in the middle of fundraising,” said PRPD President Arthur Cohen.

‘If we can imagine it, why don’t we do it?’

It was raining in Baltimore Sept. 23 when independent producer Jay Allison delivered his “benediction,” the traditional closing speech of the Public Radio Program Directors annual conference. The bleary, conferenced-out audience listened closely. Allison, who learned the nonfiction radio craft when NPR was a startup and went on to start up a few radio institutions himself, reminded attendees why perseverance matters. They gave Allison a standing ovation before dispersing under the dark sky.