The Washington Post and WBUR’s “Edge of Fame” podcast breaks one million downloads

The Washington Post and WBUR today announced the jointly produced podcast “Edge of Fame” has reached one million downloads. Launched in February 2018, the podcast delivers intimate, surprising audio portraits of actors, musicians and comedians through in-depth interviews and revealing field recordings hosted by Post National Arts Reporter Geoff Edgers.

WBUR Bids Farewell To David Boeri

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Reposted from The Boston Globe

David Boeri Signs Off at WBUR

By Mark Shanahan GLOBE STAFF  MAY 08, 2018

A fond farewell to reporter David Boeri, who retired this week after 50 years in the news business.

The longtime former WCVB and WGBH television reporter had worked for the past decade at WBUR, reporting on crime, politics, corruption, and, of course, the case of James “Whitey” Bulger. (Boeri authored the e-book “Bulger on Trial: Boston’s Most Notorious Gangster and the Pursuit of Justice” in 2013.)

Listen to WBUR's Murrow Award-Winning Stories

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the winners of its 2018 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. WBUR earned the top honors nationally with 12 wins in the large market radio division, including Overall Excellence, Website, Social Media and Excellence in Innovation.

The awards celebrate WBUR’s diverse, groundbreaking programming on a variety of fronts. The honors include:

WBUR at The I.F.F.

WBUR is a presenting sponsor of the Independent Film Festival Boston 2018, taking place on April 25-May 2.
Tickets are on sale now and the full festival lineup is at the IFFBoston website

  • 7:00 p.m. Erin Trahan, contributor to The ARTery, will moderate a Q&A following the film, “Leave No Trace.”
  • 4:00 p.m. Reporter Bruce Gellerman will moderate a panel discussion following the documentary, “The New Fire.”
  • 12:45 p.m. Karen Given, senior producer, Only A Game, will moderate a Q&A following the documentary, “Life Without Basketball.”
  • 1:00 p.m. Erin Trahan, contributor to The ARTery, will moderate a Q&A following the documentary, “Nothing Is Truer Than Truth.”
  • 2:45 p.m. Erin Trahan, contributor to The ARTery, will moderate a Q&A following the documentary, “Lovesick.”
  • 3:30 p.m. Amelia Mason, music reporter/critic for The ARTery, will moderate a Q&a, following the documentary “What It Takes.”
  • 7:00 p.m. Senior political reporter Anthony Brooks will moderate a Q&A following the film,  “Hearts Beat Loud.”

"You And The Beanstalk" Co-Produced By Earplay and WBUR

Earplay Releases First Interactive Audio Story For Kids, Exclusive To Amazon Alexa On New Echo Dot Kids Edition Or With Freetime Unlimited Subscription

Earplay and WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, have co-produced "You and the Beanstalk," an interactive audio story for kids ages 6-12. The new Alexa skill for Kids releases May 9th, 2018 available to owners of the new Echo Dot Kids Edition or FreeTime Unlimited subscribers with an Alexa-enabled device.

WBUR Takes Home Top Honors with 12 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

News from RTDNA:

On the 110th anniversary of the birth of the father of broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow, RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2018 regional awards honoring his name. From more than 4,400 entries, 785 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 16 categories this year recognize more than 307 local radio, television and digital news organizations across the country and internationally.

“At a time when it’s fashionable to bash so-called mainstream media, it’s more important than ever to recognize the extraordinary work of dedicated journalists who serve communities across our country,” said RTDNA Chairman Scott Libin. “In cities large and small, representing a wide variety of ownership groups, these news organizations show why Americans trust local journalists to report fairly and accurately about issues that matter.”

Taking home top honors this year is public radio station WBUR in Boston, with 12 wins in the large market radio division, including Overall Excellence, Website, Social Media and Excellence in Innovation.

Read the full announcement.

McCormack Graduate School Of Policy And Global Studies At UMass Boston, WBUR, Boston Globe To Host Gubernatorial Debates This Spring

UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, WBUR and The Boston Globe plan to host live debates among the candidates running for governor this year.

The first debate, among the Democratic gubernatorial candidates, will take place on the UMass Boston campus on Thursday, May 17.

It will be conducted as part of WBUR’s Radio Boston program, from 3 to 4 p.m., before a live audience, and live-streamed by the sponsors at bostonglobe.com, wbur.org and umb.edu.

The show’s host, Meghna Chakrabarti, will be joined by a co-moderator Shira T. Center, political editor from The Boston Globe. All three candidates running for the Democratic nomination — Jay Gonzalez, Bob Massie and Setti Warren —  have accepted our invitation to the debate.

Gov. Charlie Baker has also been invited to appear on another segment of Radio Boston that will include questions from WBUR and a Globe reporter.

The sponsors are also planning similar debates and conversations among candidates running for the U.S. Senate this summer, and for the general election in the fall.

"We know voters will want to be as informed as possible when they vote in the primary in September,” said David Cash, dean of the McCormack Graduate School. “We strive to be a catalyst for civic discussions and are delighted to help provide this forum for the public."

“WBUR is pleased to collaborate with UMass Boston's McCormack Graduate School and The Boston Globe on these important public debates because of our firm belief in promoting civic dialogue and public discourse,” said Tom Melville, executive news director of WBUR. “We’re particularly pleased to provide live broadcasts of the debates through Radio Boston, our vibrant daily local afternoon program, and live-stream through wbur.org.”

"These debates not only provide an important public service to Massachusetts, but they're also at the core of the Globe's mission," said Brian McGrory, editor of The Boston Globe. "We're looking forward to our continued partnership, and we invite voters and readers to watch these debates and read about them on BostonGlobe.com."

The debates will be free and open to the public, but registration will be required. A media advisory and additional information will be forthcoming.