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  • New funding expands reach of public radio’s hip-hop/R&B format

    Three more public radio stations will adopt a CPB-backed music format designed to appeal to younger and more diverse audiences. The Urban Alternative format, which focuses on hip-hop and R&B with a dose of local community engagement, will expand next year to 88Nine Radio Milwaukee; WJSU in Jackson, Miss.; and Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current in the Twin Cities, partnering with KMOJ, a local station already serving communities of color.

  • Beth Courtney, CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, will retire

    Beth Courtney, president and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, will retire at the end of January. Courtney Courtney, who has worked in public broadcasting for more than 45 years, has led LPB since 1985.

  • Melissa Harris-Perry named host of ‘The Takeaway’

    Melissa Harris-Perry was named permanent host and managing editor of The Takeaway, WNYC Studios and PRX announced Monday.  Harris-Perry Harris-Perry has been serving as interim host of the public radio news program since July after Tanzina Vega resigned. The appointment is effective immediately.  “Melissa’s north star has always been the impact of world events on the lives of people, often those whose stories have been left out of the media,” said New York Public Radio CEO Goli Sheikholeslami in a press release.