More pix on Flickr from the Third Coast Festival.

A weakening focus on core broadcast programming is to blame for public radio’s recent audience losses, writes consultant John Sutton. “Much of the industry’s attention is on reaching new and different audiences through new and different technologies,” he says. “It’s as if a lot of people in public radio don’t want to be in radio anymore.”

Romenesko asks: “Has NPR’s Libby Lewis done any reports yet on Lewis Libby?”

Steve Fentriss, a 19-year-old drummer and composer from Ann Arbor, Mich., has recorded a little ditty called “I Love Public Radio.” You can download it from his website (MP3). (Related article in the Ann Arbor News.)

Ray Suarez will host public radio’s America Abroad and continue as a correspondent for public TV’s NewsHour. Public Radio International distributes America Abroad to more than 100 stations.

See pictures from the Third Coast International Audio Festival on the Public Radio Exchange’s Flickr page.

“Public radio forces too much money out of its on-air fund drives,” writes consultant John Sutton on his blog. “And the problem is likely to get worse.”

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer profiles Seattle’s KEXP-FM. “They’re keeping this hopeful notion of what music is supposed to be about alive,” says a record label president.

WTTW plans to make big changes to its signature news magazine in January when former news anchor and CBS News correspondent Carol Marin signs on at Chicago Tonight. Marin’s hiring, announced Oct. 20, foreshadows the exit of current anchor Bob Sirott, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. “The whole show will be changing,” a WTTW spokeswoman tells Crain’s Chicago Business.