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Deggans Pundit frenzy: Talking Olbermann and NPR with WUSF, WMNF and Tom Joyner



450-tv_olbermann.sff_.embedded.prod_affiliate.56.jpgHis actual audience was less than half the size of his biggest competitor, but Keith Olbermann drew massive media interest once he left MSNBC.

I actually got a call from a CNN booker at 7 a.m. Saturday, hoping I'd be up for a morning appearance to talk about his last show hours before. (Sadly, family commitments and a deep need to sleep a few more hours on a weekend day kept me from helping out.)

But I did do three separate media interviews on Monday -- a day when I was also figuring out a media story on coverage of the shooting deaths of two St. Petersburg police officers -- on Olbermann's exit and the challenges facing public broadcasting in the post-Juan Williams era.

Now that I have a moment or two, here's links to those interviews. The first, which aired at 7 a.m. Monday, was an appearance on the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show -- an institution in the black community. I've met Tom a few times now -- I appeared with him on a panel about media in Chicago a few years ago -- but this was the first time I'd been on his show.

a6095c58-cb64-5626-f63f-6449b0d9f9f6-news_fb_rolandmartin.jpgContributor Roland Martin and I talked about the need for more diversity on cable TV news, then a story surfaces that Martin may be in consideration for the 6 p.m. slot on MSNBC. Do I have that much power? (joke)

I also talked with Tampa public radio station  WUSF-FM's Florida Matters, talking about the future of NPR and public broadcasting in a discussions paired with an interview of NPR president Vivian Schiller conducted in Orlando. My favorite point: That news outlets are moving too slow to address the reality that more of their employees also need to practice the craft elsewhere -- especially stars who have big opportunities on other platforms like Williams -- and that his biggest transgression was -florida-matters-on-wusf--f34317.jpgprobably embarrassing his employer.

Finally,  Tampa community radio station WMNF-FM called me about Olbermann and the impact of losing one of TV's most liberal voices. I noted that Olbermann started Countdown in 2003 as a more humorous take on the day's news, getting more pompous, political and harsh as the years passed.

So click the links above if you're interested and check out how a day's worth of interviews played out across the media landscape.

Who knew, when I was slaving through journalism school 20 years ago, that you could earn a living doing this? 

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:31pm]


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