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 “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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Belva Davis recalls violent GOP convention in SF

Longtime Bay Area journalist Belva Davis sat down with KALW to discuss her recollections of covering the 1964 Republican National Convention at the Cow Palace. It was a mean-spirited crowd up in the galleries where we were … there was a speech by former President Eisenhower that was like lighting a match, in which he talked … the words he said could have been interpreted as being racist. And after that, all hell broke loose.  Reporters were being, I mean

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SF school board lends KALW-FM $200,000

AT KALW — Matt Martin, left, visits with Martina Castro and Ben Trefny as Casey Miner, right, readies a report. Photo by the Chronicle’s Lance Iversen. Noncommercial KALW 91.7 has received a $200,000 loan from the San Francisco school board, according to the Chronicle and Bay Citizen. The school board holds the license for the station, but the station runs independently. KALW must repay the loan, with 1.5% interest, by the end of 2012. The Chron said the station has been losing money for

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KQED, KALW join in-depth news experiment

KQED-FM 88.5 and KALW 91.7 are among the outlets picked by National Public Radio to participate in a major news experiment backed by $3 million in support from foundations, according to With editor Joel Sucherman at the helm, each station will focus in-depth on one major issue, such as green energy, health care or immigration, to name a few examples. The coverage will have a strong local focus for each station, but will also have national relevance.

KCBS, KGO, KALW, Chron win Headliners

Bay Area winners of the 75th annual National Headliner Awards, sponsored by The Press Club of Atlantic City, N.J., include: • Newspapers, editorial cartoons, second place: Don Asmussen, SF Chronicle • Newspapers, portrait, second place, Chron’s Mike Kepka, “The Rev. Cecil Williams” • Radio, newscast, first place: KCBS News Team, “Winter Storm” • Radio, breaking news or continuing coverage of a single news event, first place: KCBS, Doug Sovern, “Campaign 2008” • Radio, feature or human interest story, first place:

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