KQED seeks applications for its youth advisory board

KQED is looking for high school students who want to join the broadcaster’s new Youth Advisory Board. The board will meet every other week throughout the 2016-2017 school year to hear pitches from KQED staff, discuss how to improve media use in the classroom and provide feedback on KQED media and educational tools. It’s an opportunity to meet other teens, learn more about media and help KQED improve its programming. The board is open to Bay Area students in grades

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KQED news chief Raul Ramirez dead at 67

Ramirez Raul Ramirez, executive director of news and public affairs at KQED and previously an editor and reporter at the San Francisco Examiner and Oakland Tribune, died Friday (Nov. 15) at his Berkeley home following a fight with esophageal cancer. He was 67. The Chronicle said in its obit that Ramirez was a “defining force in Bay Area journalism.” Ramirez, who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in July, died days before the ceremony where he was to receive a Distinguished

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Blogging experiment succeeds for KQED, KAWL

A one-year grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Knight Foundation to pay for bloggers for 12 public radio station websites will expire at year’s end. But what’s called the ARGO experiment has proven to be a success for those stations, including San Francisco’s KQED and KAWL, according to Andrew Phelps of NiemanLab.org. “Really, by hiring just one person, you can build an audience, build engagement, and demonstrate knowledge of a particular topic,” said Joel Sucherman, the project’s

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KQED teams up with four local news sites

KQED-FM 88.5 has formed a news-reporting partnership with four local websites, Berkeleyside, OaklandLocal, NeighborWebSJs and SF Public Press. The four local websites will provide KQED’s radio station and website with broader and more in-depth reporting. In exchange, the local sites will benefit from greater exposure of their work. “Emerging news organizations such as Berkeleyside are vital to the information needs of the Bay Area,” said KQED News Director Bruce Koon. “It’s important for KQED News to support pioneering journalism efforts.

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Goodbye KTEH. New call letters will be KQED+

BANG TV writer Chuck Barney reports that last vestiges of KTEH 54, the San Jose public television station that has served the South Bay since 1964, will be wiped away on July 1 when the station changes its call letters to KQED Plus. Northern California Public Broadcasting, the parent of KQED 9, acquired KTEH in 2006. Research by NCPB found “brand confusion” among the public, with many viewers failing to make the connection that KTEH was managed and programmed by

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Michael Krasny happy with lots of tonnage

Krasny TV-Radio Critic Bill Mann says Michael Krasny’s “Forum” on KQED-FM 88.5 is the most-listened-to local talk show in the country. The low-key, witty Krasny, who’s been on the San Francisco NPR station 17 years, was bounced from his previous job, on commercial radio, for … interviewing too many writers!  The salespeople at 50,000-watt newstalk giant KGO said Krasny’s author-laden show attracted – here’s a charming term – too much “tonnage.”  “Tonnage,” Krasny explains, shaking his head, “Means older listeners.

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While others shrink, KQED expands news

In the past few months, KQED has hired eight news staffers and added 10 newscasts to its FM schedule. Katie Donnelly, writing for PBS MediaShift, says the expansion will continue over the next several months. Among the additions will be a new news blog, she says. The expansion is not without its challenges, however. KQED’s clear strength is in radio news, but, as [KQED vp of digital media and education Tim] Olson noted, “text and images are required for a

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KQED hires more reporters, adds radio newscasts

KQED Public Media announced today that it is making a “significant expansion” of its news services, adding eight staffers and 10 newscasts to its radio schedule. The expansion was detailed in the Chronicle and the SF Business Times. Of the eight new hires, six will be journalists who will work for KQED Public Radio, KQED Public Television and the new online news service KQEDnews.org, officials said. The Chron notes that the additional newscasts — which will air weekdays, mostly in two-minute

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