Director Robert Altman is bringing his trademark improvisational style to the Prairie Home Companion-inspired film, Time reports. “When I go home at night, I know we’ve got something, but I don’t know what,” Altman says. “It’s going to be a very weird movie.”

NPR Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin questions whether Jonah Goldberg, a conservative commentator, was a suitable fill-in for Daniel Schorr on a recent Weekend Edition Saturday.

Here it is: public radio’s new mega-directory of podcasts, at NPR’s site. It should soon appear on other station and network sites.

“Journalism can teach you a lot about narrative and detail to carry a story. But a novel has to take on its own life,” says Scott Simon as he discusses his new novel, Pretty Birds.

Listeners have been complaining that NPR is airing a glut of stories about religion, and Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin says the network should consider keeping track of the airtime devoted to the subject.

WLVT-TV in Bethlehem, Pa., is still looking to expand into radio, reports the Express-Times. An earlier effort to merge with nearby WDIY-FM failed last November.

Mary Anne Alhadeff, chief executive of Maine Public Broadcasting for three years, has been hired as the next president of KERA in Dallas.

Seattle’s KEXP-FM reportedly plans to start broadcasting to cell phones and handheld organizers later this month, according to FMQB. (Via Technology360.)

Staff and fans of Cincinnati’s WVXU-FM are mourning the station’s switch to an all-news format under its new owner, WGUC-FM. “This is like a family member passing away,” an employee tells the Cincinnati Enquirer. (More coverage in the Cincinnati Post.)