Friday, January 25, 2013
I can't believe it's going on five years since I left Birmingham, Alabama, and moved to the City of Angels.
Since then, I spent about 3.5 of those years at Marketplace, hosting the Marketplace Morning Report, along with Scott Jagow, Bill Radke and ultimately, Jeremy Hobson. Good guys, all. And a wonderful learning environment for me. There are so many talented folks who walk those halls in downtown LA. I miss them and call them friends.
More than a year ago, I made the decision to leave Marketplace and join LA's KCRW. It's the original NPR outlet for Greater Los Angeles. We are also a heritage radio station when it comes to groundbreaking music. KCRW has helped launch many a career over the years. And if you take trip down the basement hallway going from studio to studio, you'll see myriad pictures of artists who've graced our airwaves over the years. In the ratio of talent-to-station wattage, I'd say KCRW wins hands-down (and ears-up).
Most exciting to me, however, is KCRW's new commitment to community journalism. We are slowly raising an already-exceptional bar at our place to bring you stories and interviews that are distinctly LA. In addition to our flagship To The Point and Which Way, LA? news programs (there are so many others -- too numerous to name), the station's making great strides in adding more journalists and hosts to our on-air mix.
As we like to say (too often I suppose), stay tuned.
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