“My challenge is to develop a public radio sound that’s different from NPR but compatible,” says American Public Media’s Jim Russell in a Minneapolis Star-Tribune interview.

A Washington, D.C., radio listener bemoans recent format changes, including WETA’s: “[I]t seems like radio used to be so much better.”

Independent producer Benjamen Walker discusses his show and podcasting with Pitchforkmedia.com: “Where do I see myself as having more of a future, the Internet or NPR? I’d pick the Internet, definitely.” Also at Pitchfork, a profile of KCMP, Minnesota Public Radio’s new eclectic station.

Podcasting has doubled the online audience for WNYC’s On the Media in just four weeks. And Tod Maffin has started PublicRadioFeeds.com, a directory to podcasting pubcasters that is similar to ours.

“I think there’s a lot of fear in the air out there,” KCPT President Bill Reed tells the Kansas City Star, in an article about “A Company of Soldiers,” a Frontline documentary that includes profanity spoken by American soldiers under fire. “That’s how the climate is now. You have to go back to the McCarthy era to get a feel for how far this has gone.” [Via TV Barn.] KCPT is one of 40 public TV stations that will air the documentary tonight with the unedited language.

Pittsburgh’s WQED-FM aims to remain a localized classical music station, “[b]ut the community is not holding up its part of the deal,” says president George Miles Jr. in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. As Current recently reported, other stations have also been having trouble with classical.

Listen to Current Senior Editor Karen Everhart’s Feb. 18 appearance on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (RealAudio).

“We like to have fun with the show and we like to be adventurous, but at bottom, we want to urgently illuminate what the hell is going on in this world,” says On Point host Tom Ashbrook in the BU Bridge.

Minneapolis Public Schools has rebuffed offers from Minnesota Public Radio to buy KBEM-FM, the school district’s financially troubled jazz station, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.