The Future for AM Radio
AM radio audiences are at an all-time low, but Ajit Pai, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, has a plan to try and save AM signals from the static. Pai joins us for the first half of this hour on Focus to talk about why he is pushing for new policies to help AM stations bolster their signals.
Host Jim Meadows also talks with Michael Harrison, publisher for Talkers Magazine, about the evolution of the AM dial from old time radio to music to conservative talk programming and sports. Can AM radio survive as we know it in an era of rapidly evolving technology? We’ll talk it over this hour on Focus.
What roles has AM radio played in your life? Are you ready to give it up? Or do you still think its relevant? We’d love to hear from you this hour on Focus!
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This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Lil Levant, publisher for the Illini Media Company about the future of the Illini student media and how institutions that train young journalists are trying to adapt to new technology. Ron Johnson, Director of Media at Indiana University in Bloomington also joins us. He says the Daily Illini is not alone in its struggle to maintain financial stability, and many schools are instituting student fees to help support student newspapers.
We’ll also talk about student newspapers and the role they play on college campuses and if online publication carries as much legitimacy as print publication for student journalists.
Are you a student and work for a college paper? Is having an article published online as meaningful as having it published in print? Did you work for a newspaper in college? How did working there affect your college experience? Tell us your story!
WILL General Manager Mark Leonard started his career in public broadcasting as a camera operator, getting a start working on documentaries on Native American reservations in South Dakota and has since held just about every job in television production there is. This hour on Focus, Jim Meadows talks with Mark about his career and what he’s accomplished as the leader of WILL’s television and radio stations. Today is his last day with WILL; he’s departing to take a new position as the general manager at NET, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. We’ll talk with him about his career, what’s ahead for WILL and the health of public broadcasting stations through his lens.
Then in the second half of this hour, Mark Jurkowitz, Associate Director of the Pew Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism joins our conversation. According to a new report out recently from his organization, the news landscape continues to shift. Newspapers have been dying a slow death, and in the wake of disappearing resources for reporting, publicly funded and non-profit journalism organizations are starting to emerge. We’ll talk about how that changes where you can expect to get your news and how that could open a whole other can of worms when it comes to funding.
Do you have questions for WILL departing General Manger Mark Leonard? Post in the comments section below or tweet us @Focus580.