The Boston Globe profiles Peter Fiedler, interim g.m. at WBUR-FM.

Tavis Smiley will leave his NPR show Dec. 16. In an e-mail to stations, he appears to blame NPR for failing “to meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio, but simply don’t know it exists or what it offers.”

Milwaukee’s school board voted unanimously last week to outsource management of WYMS, their noncommercial station, to local nonprofit Radio For Milwaukee.

“The common thread for us is secrets, that sense of revelation,” says Kitchen Sister Nikki Silva in a New York Times profile.

A Minneapolis Star-Tribune columnist draws a distinction between the “corporate” nature of Minnesota Public Radio and the “small, funky and extremely local” stations in the state that are banding together to raise their profile against MPR’s.

“Just how many conservatives does it take to balance out one wily progressive?” asks the Village Voice as it observes Bill Moyers’ departure from public TV. “And now that Moyers is gone, do they really need all this firepower to balance out . . .

Vic Sussman, a longtime journalist and recently senior editor of Marketplace, died yesterday at the age of 65. The Washington Post remembers his curiosity and restlessness.

FCC Auction 37 has closed, with WGBH in Boston apparently the only pubcaster to emerge as a top bidder. The station is in line to pay more than $3.9 million for an FM signal on Cape Cod.

The Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz profiles NPR Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin and also notes the growing audience of the network’s On the Media (last item). (Via Romenesko.)