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By - 11/6/14 - 3:12 pm
Saying farewell to Tom Menino on the Red Line

Hand-lettered farewell on the Red Line. Photo by Dan Meade.

Almost 10 years ago, I took a position as a newscast writer for WBUR. Mine was the early morning shift, and my job was to arrive at 4 in the morning and start putting together the local news portion of Morning Edition. The other part of my job was to call some of the people about whom I was writing - local lawmakers, state officials,... Read more

By - 11/3/14 - 3:29 pm
Tom and Ray Magliozzi

Tom (c) and Ray Magliozzi at Honk in Somerville in 2007. Photo by Greg Cook.

WBUR reports that Tom Magliozzi, co-host of Car Talk with his brother Ray, has died at 77. Greg Cook reports the cause was complications of Alzheimer's.

In a statement, the station says:

No one could have imagined, when two native Cambridge guys came into the WBUR studios in 1977 and started taking listeners’ calls about cars, that they would change public radio forever. But

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By - 3/25/14 - 10:16 am

Bill Marx pledges his support for an FCC effort by the Committee for Community Access to get 'GBH's radio license pulled over the way it dumped jazz and other musical programming when it decided to try to bust WBUR's near monopoly on the giant local market for NPR news and information:

Has the duplication of reporting muscle brought about a cornucopia of investigative

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By - 3/6/14 - 7:48 am

The Boston Business Journal interviews Charlie Kravetz, WBUR general manager.

By - 3/29/13 - 9:56 am

NPR and WBUR are announcing that the locally produced "Here and Now," hosted by the locally grown Robin Young, is expanding to four hours on July 1 - although she'll be joined by a co-host:

When the expanded program launches July 1, she will have a co-host, Jeremy Hobson, currently host of Marketplace Morning Report. Hobson began his career in journalism at the age of

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By - 3/21/13 - 9:25 pm

Robert Ambrogi reports that WBUR's Open Court is no longer streaming live video from Quincy District Court. No money, natch.

By - 7/27/12 - 8:15 am

Joel Brown analyzes the local context of WGBH's purchase of Public Radio International, which distributes shows such as "This American Life" and the 'BUR-produced "Here and Now."

Despite all the nice talk abut how the WGBH deal isn't going to affect [WBUR's relationship with PRI], it's impossible to believe that 'GBH won't have an inside track to get national shows like "This American

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By - 6/8/12 - 11:21 am

NPR reports Tom and Ray Magliozzi are retiring this fall from the locally produced show that gave them - and their accents - national prominence.

"Car Talk" will continue to air, but only with repeats from 25 years of car-advice call-ins, recorded at WBUR's studios. Hopefully, they'll keep their Dewey, Cheetham and Howe offices in Harvard Square.... Read more

By - 9/29/11 - 12:03 pm

Allen Rines reports Robin Young's segue from a Sox report on her "Here and Now" show this morning:

Well that's over, let's talk about sperm banks.

Meanwhile, what are the odds these bus ads will stay up as long as that Coraline thing on the Red Line?... Read more

By - 5/2/11 - 8:22 am

Starting today, WBUR is livestreaming proceedings at Quincy District Court. OpenCourt.us is an experiment in further opening the court system to the public:

Putting a live-streaming camera in a courtroom is a touchy subject. While we have a goal similar to C-SPAN to provide government transparency, the judicial branch affects the lives of ordinary citizens in a way than the legislative doesn’t. So we’ve

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By - 2/4/11 - 11:43 am

The Hack reports on the WBUR reporter who rode with him one night for a story about Boston cab drivers:

All this chatting distracted me. I found myself driving aimlessly. Other cabs had cut in front of me to pick up fares I should have stopped for. I was getting frustrated.

"What about the airport?" Adam asked. "You must get a lot of

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By - 10/24/10 - 2:35 pm

WBUR's Andrew Phelps tweets:

WBUR is now allowing donors to specify their money not go toward NPR programming.

By - 8/17/10 - 3:08 pm

Mike Ball listened to 'BUR's Deborah Becker grill Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral on Philip Markoff's suicide and thinks Becker ran amok:

Becker started out like a real journalist and quickly went tabloid on Cabral. She clearly came in with her conclusions and was not about to let truth or knowledge interfere.

Judge for yourself.... Read more

By - 6/16/10 - 5:18 pm

WBUR's won a $250,000 Knight Foundation grant to work with Quincy District Court to set up a way for bloggers and reporters to report on court cases as they happen - and to develop standards for other courts to use. Laura McGann interviewed 'BUR's John Davidow on the Order in the Court 2.0 project.

By - 5/22/10 - 12:42 pm

Boston Music Intelligencer takes a peek at the latest Arbitron numbers for WGBH (and WCRB) and WBUR.

By - 5/6/10 - 12:07 pm

Will air from 3-4 p.m. with host Meghna Chakrabarti and Adam Ragusea doing reporting. Their first week will features interviews with all five people running for governor (quick, can you name 'em?).

By - 3/1/10 - 3:51 pm

Dan Kennedy gets the scoop on WBUR's plans for the newly expanded show, whose "lead host" will be 'BUR reporter and producer Meghna Chakrabarti.

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