Thursday roundup: NPR drops Krulwich blog, VPR A Go Go is back

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Radiolab‘s Robert Krulwich announced Wednesday that Krulwich Wonders, his blog on, will end this month. The reason? NPR “needs to cut costs and — you know the phrase — it has chosen to go ‘in new directions,’ ” he writes.

• Steven Kray, head audio engineer at Oregon Public Broadcasting, took first prize at the Atari Battle Royale Video Game Championship Tuesday in Las Vegas. He won a trip to the national competition by getting the second-highest score out of 38,000 players nationally.

• U.S. INPUT is accepting public media programs for entry into the annual international competition, coming up May 11-14 in Tokyo. All genres are encouraged, and South Carolina ETV is once again serving as U.S. secretariat to coordinate the first round of judging. Deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern time Nov. 7. More information and guidelines at ETV’s INPUT page.

• VPR A Go-Go, Vermont Public Radio’s 1960s dance party and fundraiser, returns Saturday. “I’m looking forward to boogieing the night away with the Twist, Mashed Potatoes, the Stroll and more,” Joel Najman, host of VPR’s My Place rock ‘n’ roll history program, said in an announcement. Last year’s VPR A Go-Go celebrated Najman’s 30th year hosting My Place; the venue was filled within a half hour and a line formed outside. Here’s some of that fun:

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