Nov. 16, 2006
Iowa Public Radio Announces Statewide News And Information Network
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa Public Radio announced the creation of a statewide news and information programming service today as the culmination of a listener-driven process. The network, which was created in 2005 to align the stations of the WOI Radio Group in Ames, KUNI/KHKE in Cedar Falls-Waterloo and KSUI/WSUI in Iowa City, is continuing its evolution as a statewide radio service for Iowans, with listener feedback as a critical component.
For the past several months, Iowa Public Radio has sought input and feedback from Iowans as part of a unique "Listening Project." The information derived from these sessions provided the basis for a shared vision for public radio as IPR looks for ways to best serve all Iowans.
"It's not often media organizations seek to listen instead of talk, and that's exactly what we've done over the past several months," said Cindy Browne, executive director of Iowa Public Radio. "Using the feedback we've received from listeners, members, and civic leaders, we're creating a statewide radio network that builds on the strengths of three vibrant radio services while taking advantage of new opportunities available through their collaboration."
Today the network announced details of the new statewide news and information programming service, which will kick off January 1, 2007. Listeners in Iowa will hear new programs, including "The Diane Rehm Show," and Iowa hosts for popular NPR programs "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" will be consistent across the state. Several locally produced programs, once limited to one station's coverage area, will now be available across the network. A full schedule for the news and information service, will be available Nov. 20 at http://www.iowapublicradio.org.
Services to enhance classical and alternative music programming are currently in development and will be released in mid-2007.
Iowa Public Radio's announcement of the news and information service comes six weeks before the official launch, a timeline Browne said reinforces the network's desire to actively engage listeners in its development. "The launch of the statewide news and information service is the beginning, not the end," she adds. "The journey we've started with public radio listeners will continue, as together we create the service we all feel makes the most of this wonderful opportunity." Options open to listeners to participate include engaging with Iowa Public Radio Director of Content and Media Todd Mundt through his regular blog at http://www.iowapublicradio.org/blogs/connecting.
"We want to make sure Iowa Public Radio truly meets our mission to serve Iowans, and we want to hear from listeners about our service throughout this evolution," she said.
STORY SOURCE: Iowa Public Radio
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