Where We Misspell
10:35 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Who's Tucekr?

Where We Live host John Dankosky.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Every now and then, Where We Live airs a rerun. In order to make shows broadcast-ready a second time around, host John Dankosky needs to record a few things.

On this particular day, John needed to record credits. I spelled my own name, "Tucekr Ives." It was close enough, so I didn't go back and edit it.

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One Year Later
4:05 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

One Year After the Boston Marathon Bombing, a Connecticut Resident Remembers

Chief Operating Officer of the American Radio Relay League, volunteer amateur radio operator who helped with communications at the Boston Marathon.
Chion Wolf WNPR

One year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Connecticut residents who were there are looking back and remembering. Harold Kramer, Chief Operating Officer of the American Radio Relay League, talked about his experience on WNPR’s Where We Live

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Radio Woes
4:55 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

"Hey Guv!" Rowland's Replacement Gets Pranked

Former Governor John Rowland resigned from his radio talk show on WTIC last week.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Trolls waste no time.

On WTIC's afternoon drive show, Pastor Will Marotti shied away from the scandal facing his predecessor, former Governor John Rowland.

Marotti started off the show by talking about UConn basketball and the low attendance at a Hartford Wolf Pack game. Marotti asked his listeners to call in and talk hockey. The first caller didn't get very far.

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Stepping Down
10:30 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Rowland Leaves Radio Talk Show

Former Gov. John Rowland.
Credit WTIC

Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland announced Thursday that he's stepping down from his afternoon talk show on WTIC 1080. He ended his show by saying, “Today will be my last show, as I’m leaving the station to take care of some personal issues.”

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April Fools
4:54 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Anatomy of a Prank: Is the Show Host Fair Game?

Credit viZZZual / Creative Commons

Every April 1, I think, "Why didn't we do a Colin McEnroe Show on pranks?! Next year, it's gonna happen." A few weeks ago, I put it on the calendar, and started researching.

When I searched "professional prankster," I found Joey Skaggs, Tom Mabe, and Jeff Pinsker, who was mentioned in a People magazine article from 1987. He was, at the time, paid to prank CEOs. 

Now Pinsker is the president of Klutz, a much-loved kid's book and toy maker. I emailed and asked if he'd be interested in coming on our show to talk about his process of pranking. He agreed. I exhaled. 

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2:33 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

After 5-Decade Career, NPR's Carl Kasell Will Retire

Doby Photography NPR

After a five-decade career in broadcasting, Carl Kasell announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Carl will record his final broadcast for Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me! this spring. He will, however, remain "scorekeeper emeritus" for the show. Before becoming the official scorekeeper for the NPR news quiz show in 1998, Carl anchored the newscast for Morning Edition.

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Northwest Corner
5:18 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Robin Hood Radio Tries To Save Local Community Radio

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 7:45 am

Morning Edition reports on Robin Hood Radio — a group concentrating on independent local radio.

Host's Diary
4:33 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Why Talk About the (Alleged) Lanza Audio?

Credit Michael Travers/iStock / Thinkstock

Ever since The New York Daily News published the audio of a phone call to the radio show of an Oregon grunge anarcho-primitivist, I've been wondering what the hell to do with what appears to be the sound of Adam Lanza talking, about a year before the Newtown shootings.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
11:46 am
Fri January 3, 2014

The Nose: Originality, Subarus and Sexuality, Anonymity, and Grand Exits

Tracy Wu-Fastenberg.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Today on The Nose, we'll talk about this relatively insignificant bit of Rush Limbaugh peevishness, and the degree to which each of us thinks he or she has (informally speaking) patented something: a word, a phrase, a style we've made our own.

Also, Adam Platt's decision to dispense with the fiction that he, as a restaurant critic, is anonymous. It's not exactly the same as claiming to create, but Platt is talking about the anxiety of influence in a different way. How can one do "pure" work? 

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Live Music
10:13 am
Wed December 4, 2013

The 15-Minute Music Shuffle

Loudon Wainwright III, Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley, Charles Bradley, and Black Joe Lewis (Clockwise, starting from the top-left)

Public radio might be best known for shows like Morning Edition, This American Life, Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and Car Talk, but did you know public radio stations across the country also feature some amazing music?

Thanks to the World Wide Web, many radio stations and shows put out beautiful videos of musical performances from not only local acts, but big-time national names.

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Host's Diary
4:46 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

"I Feel a Great Disturbance in The Force"

Patrick Skahill visits with Santa.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

The Colin McEnroe Show was born in the late summer, four years ago, and everything about it, for a very long time was the work of three people: Patrick Skahill, Chion Wolf and me.

There's no way that any of you could understand the central role Patrick played in giving the show its intelligence, restlessness and consistency because -- now that he's leaving us to become a WNPR reporter -- I see that I didn't understand it myself. However big a figure I thought Patrick was in the identity of the show, he's bigger than that. I thought he was Data, but maybe he was Picard.

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The Wheelhouse Digest
10:53 am
Fri October 18, 2013

A Brother in Photos; a Father Grieves; Best Friends

Chris and Nick Capozziello visited WNPR.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

The Wheelhouse Digest today turns to family matters as we recover from a recent overdose of political craziness. Two brothers from Connecticut visited WNPR to talk about a unique book of photographs to be released on October 30. And Newtown resident Jimmy Greene talked with The New York Times about grieving for the loss of his daughter by continuing his work as a musician. That and more below.

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Farrah Fawcett Hair
2:25 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

What Happens When the Voice of NPR Meets André 3000?

NPR's Frank Tavares and Outkast's André 3000.
Credit Chion Wolf/Official Artist Photograph

"Two names you never thought you would ever hear in the same sentence: hip-hop artist André 3000 and NPR's Frank Tavares," said the latter. He's been the voice of NPR for more than three decades. But Frank Tavares is wrapping up his tenure later this year. Not sure exactly who I'm talking about?

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Where We Live
12:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

NPR's Frank Tavares, and Rinku Sen on Race

Frank Tavares
Credit Chion Wolf

If you listen to public radio, you know Frank Tavares. Colin McEnroe called him NPR’s Yoda, but you probably best know him as the voice of NPR.  He’s wrapping up his tenure as the voice that says, “This is NPR” after funding credits.  

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Where We Live
12:00 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Reveal: Addicted Veterans, For-Profit Charities, and Bodycams for Cops

Reveal is a production from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX.

Coming up, we'll air the premiere of a new investigative reporting program called Reveal. It's from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. In the pilot episode:

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Can You Hear Us Now?
6:14 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

WNPR Gets A Shiny New Satellite Dish!

Where We Live
12:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

The Latino Influence in Politics, and a Radiolab Preview

Credit Chion Wolf

In the 2012 election, Latino voters accounted for ten percent of all voters nationwide - a large margin, which will only increase as the Latino population does. Between now and 2030, 40 million Hispanics will be eligible to vote.

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3:26 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Ivor Hugh, Connecticut Broadcasting Legend, Passes

Ivor Hugh at the WNPR studios in July 2013. He died last night at the age of 86.
Credit Chion Wolf

Ivor Hugh went on the air with WCCC in 1947, when the station lived in the Bond Hotel. Radio was king. There was a grand piano in his studio, and every big star who played Hartford stayed at the Bond and dropped in on his show.

That meant that Hugh, who died in his sleep last night at the age of 86, shared the mic with Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, and Eugene Ormandy. 

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12:52 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

NPR To Offer Voluntary Buyouts In Bid To Balance Budget

NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 1:46 pm

Saying that the goal is to balance its budget in fiscal year 2015, NPR announced late Friday morning that it will soon offer "a voluntary buyout plan across the organization that reduces staffing levels by approximately 10 percent."

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3:14 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

NPR CEO Jumps to National Geographic

Oh, Gary Knell, we hardly knew ye. It seems like just yesterday (April 2012) we were meeting him on Where We Live. He was talking about radio "not going away" but "going everywhere." 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:52 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Giants of Poetry and Literature

NicRad on Flickr Creative Commons

Today’s show features two loosely-related interviews. Billy Collins is probably the most popular poet in the United States and this summer he’s guest curating and guest voicing The Writer’s Almanac, a popular Garrison Keillor radio segment which showcases one poem every day and then looks back-- usually because of birthdays—at creators of the past.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:26 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

The Life & Times Of Broadcast Legend Ivor Hugh

Ivor Hugh.
Credit Chion Wolf

Let me tell you, in the bluntest possible manner, why we're doing a show with Ivor Hugh today.

Last year, I had the idea of doing a show that would have been a gathering of some of the voices from the era when radio was king. One of the names in my head was Ivor's. The other one was my friend and former colleague Arnold Dean. Arnold started in radio within a year of  Ivor; and, like almost everybody doing radio in the 1950s, both men then dabbled in the early days of television, because the early tv talent was radio talent.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:09 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

The Life and Times of Broadcast Legend Ivor Hugh

Chion Wolf

Let me tell you, in the bluntest possible manner, why we're doing a show with Ivor Hugh today.

Last year, I had the idea of doing a show that would have been a gathering of some of the voices from the era when radio was king. One of the names in my head was Ivor's. The other one was my friend and former colleague Arnold Dean. Arnold started in radio within a year of  Ivor; and, like almost everybody doing radio in the 1950s, both men then dabbled in the early days of television, because the early TV talent was radio talent.

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11:24 am
Tue July 2, 2013

(I)NTERVIEW: Damon Scott

CPBN Media Lab

 Damon Scott hosts a morning show-style afternoon radio program on 96.5 TIC-FM.  Originally from Hoisington, Kansas, he settled down in Essex, CT.  His ongoing success as the afternoon radio personality on 96.5 has opened the door for many more opportunities.  He owns his own creative services business, providing voiceover services for clients like Madison Square Garden.  He was also the first person to ever introduce a group at the Meadows, now called the Comcast Theater, and has since continued introducing bands and performers on a regular basis.

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Where We Live
9:46 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Movies For Your Ears

Radio Drama is associated with a so-called “Golden Age” of radio in the 30s and 40s, before TV became the dominant medium. Today, Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” is the best known program still presenting this traditional style.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:50 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

The Nose: Pop-Up Radio & Considering Downtown Hartford

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:36 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

The Process: How Can Public Radio Better Engage Younger Listeners?

Chion Wolf

Here's how we see it. We get an hour a day on this amazing medium of public radio.On average, we do about 20 new shows a month, give or take. Do the math and that's about 230 or 240 episodes a year. To do that, we need to go pretty fast, and we started to worry that the countryside was flashing past us.

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12:12 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

Phil Steele on Bob Steele

During the making of the CPTV original documentary, "The 60s in Connecticut" over a hundred hours of interviews were filmed.  We are posting the complete interviews online to share the rich content that wasn't included in the program.

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Where We Live
11:27 am
Thu March 31, 2011

David Folkenflik at CCSU

NPR's David Folkenflik once got into a battle of words with Geraldo Rivera.  It just proves that covering the media isn't always pretty. 

His latest assignment is a perfect example: Cover the corporate meltdown of your own company...go! 

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