Wednesday, July 16, 2008

bryaNt PaRk project: RIP

NPR is canceling their new show, the Bryant Park Project

To add my two cents. This sucks. I just got hooked on the podcast. I would definitely donate money to save it, if there was a way to target my donations to this show. Instead, I'm left in this limbo, of wanting to donate money to npr but having no venue, since they only accept money by radio station, and until moving back to New York City, there was no station I'd really donate to. (The Ithaca NPR is rabidly marxist, and I only tune in to podcasts anyway. I don't listen to WNYC directly either, but do listen to radio lab on On the Media).

As an avid listener to npr podcasts, I already listen to hours each week. But as soon as I started listening to BPP, it quickly became part of my daily routine.

I was skeptical when I heard about NPR's efforts to innovate and target a "younger" demographic with more unedited fare. Their new show, the Takeaway, is boring. I thought I liked the normal ultra-polished NPR style. But I was impressed that BPP actually worked for me. Basically, it has the banter of the typical rock station morning show (which I like), but on npr topics. Good stuff.

Sad to see it go.

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