Tuesday roundup: Reveal comes to public TV; new classical blogger takes the reins

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Reveal, a series of reports from the Center for Investigative Reporting, will come to public TV next month with four hourlong episodes presented by Oregon Public Broadcasting. Episodes will cover issues including teens held in solitary confinement, a Mexican drug cartel’s recruitment of children, and high-school slam poets in Stockton, Calif. The National Educational Telecommunications Association is distributing the series.

• Joe Goetz, music director for WFIU-FM in Bloomington, Ind., has taken over at Scanning the Dial, a blog about classical music broadcasting. In his introductory post, Goetz says he plans to share his thoughts on last week’s Public Radio Program Directors conference, where the “doom and gloom” surrounding classical music at 2012’s PRPD conference “was replaced by a fresh wave of optimism and some compelling new survey data.”

• Meanwhile, Goetz can find cause for even more optimism in Wilmington, N.C., where a full-time classical FM station goes live today. The city’s WHQR, which currently airs a mix of news and classical on its existing signal, will move classical to a new signal and go all-news on 91.3 FM. At WHQR’s studio this afternoon, “local political dignitaries, WHQR board and staff members, and individual and corporate supporters will gather to toast the new signal and flip a giant ceremonial switch,” according to a post on the station’s website.

• The New York Times peeks inside the Greenwich Village apartment of Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! panelist Mo Rocca. The two-bedroom co-op features items from Rocca’s collection of presidential memorabilia, including “a framed ticket to Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial; a framed letter of thanks from Richard M. Nixon to the helpful individual who organized his trip to the funeral of the deposed Shah of Iran and a neckerchief given out during the campaign of Benjamin Harrison.” There’s also a large bust of Grover Cleveland: “I love a president with meat on his bones,” Rocca says.

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