Archive for the ‘NPR’ Category

Marimba jobs Americans just won’t do

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Shimon the Marimba bot Working to make Jazz great again

NPR has 24×7 music channels called All Songs Considered heating up the annoyance with your local NPR affiliate, competing for the ear space of Public radio listeners

Your New Robot Overlord Turns Out To Be A Pretty Good Marimba Player

NPR rolls out changes Monday

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

If you are a fan of Morning Edition and All Things Considered, you are in for a rude awakening tomorrow (Nov 17, 2014)

Both shows are going to start to sound a lot more like commercial radio. Both shows are a adopting a new “show clock” that determines when things like station breaks, sponsorship messages (they’re not ads, damn it!) occur. There will be three news breaks per hour, longer sponsorship ads, and more Fox News like features being pushed onto local stations.

Here is a useful story about the changes from a station in Hawaii. Ideally, the show clock should be invisible to the listener, but with hard breaks, content has to be edited to fit into the rigid schedule.