I wanted to break a little news on the ole' blog today: I was just named Executive Producer of Midday here at WBEZ. It's true. What's that, you ask? Well, it's a new position charged with overseeing and developing all of our midday programming, including Eight Forty-Eight, Worldview and, yes, a new afternoon vehicle hosted by Steve Edwards. It's a great opportunity to shape and grow our locally produced shows, to further integrate our radio and digital platforms, and to work with the many talented hosts and producing WBEZ talk programming.
So what does "Midday" mean? Well, it really means the time between 9am and 4pm. Right now we run a series of national programs and our goal is to add more Chicago-originated shows to that mix over the next few years.
What does that mean for my role on the web? Right now, I write a daily blog and I edit the blog network which includes stars like Achy Obejas, Lee Bey and Claire Zulkey. Might I take them with me to air? You know it. And I will find a way to continue to have this space to punch up Chicago's news.
I'd like to give a quote for other media to use:
"I'm excited about taking over programming for a place as legendary as WBEZ.