Today, WBUR announced Anjimile as the local Tiny Desk contest favorite, a competition judging Massachusetts musicians who entered NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest earlier this year. Named the Wicked Good Boston Favorite, Anjimile now will perform at the inaugural Wicked Good Festival from WERS 88.9 FM, Emerson College’s public radio station, on August 18 on the Boston Common.
The annual meeting of Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) took place in Philadelphia this past week. PRNDI capped its meeting with the annual PRNDI Awards on Saturday night, honoring the best work in public radio this year. WBUR won four PRNDI Awards in the large station division:
WBUR announced today McSweeney’s Presents as the winner of the Next Great Show Contest. WBUR selected McSweeney’s Internet Tendency editor Chris Monks’ pro-posal to bring the popular online magazine’s humor and insight to radio, combining it with original ma-terial in a show that is sure to make the next generation of public radio listeners laugh.
The Radio Television Digital News Association announced today the 2018 National Edward R. Murrow Award recipients, and WBUR won two awards in the large market radio division.
The WBUR Newsroom (with social media producer Liz Gillis) was honored for its social media coverage last summer of the “Free Speech” rally on the Boston Common. That body of work won the Excellence in Social Media award.
- Watch the winning piece on YouTube: “Boston's Free Speech Rally
Only A Game (with producer Gary Waleik) won for Best Sports Reporting in the network radio division for a feature story on archer Matt Stutzman, who was born with no arms.
- Listen to the winning piece: “Armless Archer Makes His Mark Among the World’s Best”
The winners will be honored at the Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala, October 22 in New York.
WBUR is proud to introduce a special weeklong news series in Morning Edition from EDify, WBUR’s Education Reporting team.
Twenty-five years ago, Massachusetts lawmakers made a “grand bargain” which ushered in dramatic changes to schools across the state. The 1993 Education Reform Act ushered in controversial tools to improve public education — the MCAS test, charter schools — in exchange for a huge influx of funding. Today, Massachusetts’ public schools are considered the best in the nation, in part because of those changes. But the state still faces a large, and growing, achievement gap between student populations. All week, we look at the promise and the legacy of the 1993 education reform when it comes to achievement and equity.
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WBUR’s CommonHealth presents "BioBoom" – a weeklong news series exploring how the thriving biotech businesses in and around Kendall Square are impacting the local community and the cultural fabric of Boston. The series airs at the same time nearly 20,000 biotech types are gathering in the city for BIO, the industry’s biggest convention. WBUR explores the what, the who and the why of biotech, the fast-growing new sector that is increasingly a signature force in Boston.
Listen to WBUR’s Morning Edition from 5 a.m. – 9 a.m. all week, and explore the whole series online at www.wbur.org/bioboom
Funding for the series provided by Charles River Discovery.
Littlefield’s final broadcast as host will be on July 28, 2018.
“After nearly 35 years in public radio and 25 years of hosting Only A Game, Bill has served as an invaluable player on WBUR’s team,” said WBUR general manager Charles Kravetz. “As the only national NPR sports show, Only A Game helped to establish WBUR early on as one of the leading stations in the country, and we are grateful to Bill for his role in that. His incredible wit and way with words managed to capture the hearts of millions of public radio listeners across the country for decades.”
Prior to hosting Only A Game, Littlefield wrote weekly commentary on NPR’s Morning Edition beginning in 1984. He has authored numerous books including “Take Me Out,” a collection of sports-and-games-related verse, and "Only A Game," a collection of radio commentaries and magazine articles. Littlefield graduated from Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He taught English at Curry College for 39 years and served as writer-in-residence.
Only A Game, which launched in 1993 with Littlefield as host, today remains the only national NPR sports program. The show airs on more than 250 stations across the country, reaching more than 417,000 listeners each week. It is also the only nationally syndicated radio sports program based in Boston. The hour-long weekly program has transformed over the years from a program focused largely on sports related news of the week to a long form, narrative based program featuring unique people and stories within the world of sports.
Notable guests have included: NBA Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Phil Jackson; legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa, former Cy Young Award winner Dwight Gooden, and Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield; Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas; tennis greats Billie Jean King, Jimmy Connors, and Serena Williams; golfer Annika Sorenstam; and Pro Football Hall of Famers Larry Czonka and Carl Eller.
Littlefield recently shared a story he did about Zippy Chippy, a horse who holds the record for most races ever run — without ever winning, for a live audience in Boston. (It originated as part of a special “Sports Cliches Show” in 2013.) Other favorite segments during Bill’s tenure as host include the Annual Super Bowl Haiku, in which listeners and Bill shared their best poems, and The Week in Sports review with analyst Charlie Pierce.
WBUR is currently conducting a nationwide search for a new host. For more information about the show, visit wbur.org/onlyagame.
WBUR is pleased to launch the second season of Circle Round, the popular storytelling podcast for children ages 4-10. Circle Round is also now available as special “road trip reels,” featuring one-hour, 90-minute, and two-hour pre-packaged installments for continuous listening—ideal for summer travel.
WERS 88.9 FM, Emerson College’s public radio station, has announced its first-ever Wicked Good Festival, featuring free performances from Bleachers, Buffalo Tom, Juliana Hatfield, Air Traffic Controller, and more to be announced.
The festival is free, open to the public, and will be located at the Boston Common Parade Grounds on the corner of Beacon and Charles Street. Families are encouraged to attend this daylong event.