Jesse Thorn, waiting impatiently

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What do young, up-and-coming public broadcasters dream about? The retirement of older public broadcasters. That’s one of the many topics that Jesse Thorn, host of The Sound of Young America, discussed during an interview today (April 27) on the Nieman Journalism Lab site. As Thorn says: “I have these conversations with public radio people, and they say, ‘Well, you know, Terry Gross is going to retire, and Diane Rehm is going to retire, and Garrison Keillor is going to retire, and they’re need a show with a proven track record to fill in.’ And I’m like, Terry Gross is only like 50! She’s not 73. And it’s not as though she works at the sawmill where she has to retire because of her aches and pains.” Truth be told, Gross is 60 and Thorn is a huge fan. After Mississippi Public Broadcasting canceled Fresh Air last July, Thorn banned himself from the station — which never ran his show anyway.

2 thoughts on “Jesse Thorn, waiting impatiently

  1. Terry Gross is the f*cking greatest, and I hope she never retires. I sincerely hope that Fresh Air goes to two hours a day, and the second half is hosted by Dave Davies, who I also think is the f*cking greatest. I would never in a million years be doing what I’m doing if it weren’t for TG.

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