WYPR-FM in Baltimore has grown since buying its independence from Johns Hopkins University a year ago, but has it been at a cost? “Public radio is increasingly treating its listeners as consumers, including at WYPR,” says consultant John Sutton in The Baltimore Sun.

NPR is protesting the possible addition of a new strip club to its neighborhood, reports the Washington Business Journal. (Fourth item, registration required.)

Missed this one: Carl Kasell tied the knot May 24, reports The Washington Post, with many from his NPR family in tow. (Via DCRTV.)

Like most commercial news shows, PBS’s NewsHour relied heavily on officials and pro-war sources for coverage of the Iraq war and included few anti-war voices, according to a study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).

The board of directors of WSCL-FM in Salisbury, Md., voted against selling the station to Baltimore’s WYPR, reports the Salisbury Daily Times. Officials with Salisbury University, the station’s owner, favor a sale and expect to decide the matter this month.

Sunni Khalid settled a racial and religious discrimination lawsuit filed against NPR in 1997. (Fifth item.) [Earlier coverage in Current.]

Cincinnati’s Xavier University sold public station WVXG to HON Broadcasting Co. of Columbus, a commercial broadcaster, reports the Marion Star.

Fun Fact about Ira Glass No. 483: He is a vegetarian who sometimes gets “obsessed with meat,” reports The Oregonian.

WNED’s third annual Buffalo Niagara Guitar Festival opens June 15 with acts including the Yardbirds, Buddy Guy, Larry and Murali Coryell and Christopher Parkening. Why in Buffalo? The Buffalo News asks and answers the question.

KERA in Dallas may run a city-owned classical station under a plan being considered by city government, reports the Star-Telegram. An Observer columnist (5/29 , 6/5) questions whether the public station is up to the task.

Cartoonist Ted Rall has an idea for PBS’s next reality show.

NPR’s new deal with the online mag Slate to co-produce a daily newsmag uncomfortably smacks of commercialism, say Mark Glaser of the Online Journalism Review and others.

The Weekly Standard takes aim at Bill Moyers for failing to acknowledge that many of his Now interview subjects have received money from the Schumann Foundation, which Moyers heads. Moyers responds on the Now website.

Only NPR and PBS gave serious coverage to the FCC’s revision of media ownership rules in the weeks before the decision, says the Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins.

Boston’s WBUR-FM dropped Fresh Air and has no definite plans for its reinstatement, angering some fans, according to the Boston Herald.

Yankee pitchman, former GBH pres David Ives dies at 84

David Otis Ives cultivated an eccentric Yankee image as a WGBH pitchman that endeared him to New England audiences and helped fuel the Boston station’s emergence as a national production powerhouse. His enthusiasm for the station seemed boundless as he demonstrated pledge premiums, performed songs and skits, and even rode an elephant on camera. Ives

Beneath the madcap persona, WGBH’s fourth president was a stickler for good grammar, deportment and intellectual rigor — standards he set with “great humor and grace,” recalled Brigid Sullivan, VP of children’s, educational and interactive media. Ives, 84, died May 16 after becoming ill while visiting family in San Francisco. Henry Becton, who succeeded Ives as president in 1984, called Ives “a national leader, a Boston institution and a wise and generous mentor.

Following Lou Rukeyser’s act

It’s 8:30 p.m. Eastern time on CNBC, and four chimes are sounded. A series of images follow: George Washington in front of the New York Stock Exchange, the Statue of Liberty, the bronze bull in perpetual snarl at the tip of Manhattan. A few remote-control clicks away, four eerily similar chimes can be heard at the same time on PBS, ushering in a different flurry of stock footage. These images are less “top-down”: businessmen and businesswomen collaborating around a conference table and a spinning globe that morphs into the eye of a woman looking at her computer screen, as if to remind us of the hallucinatory effects of staring too long at stock charts. These two leading business programs — Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street (the one with George Washington), and Wall $treet Week with Fortune (the one with the spinning globe) are as interrelated as inflation and interest rates.