Macomb, IL – The panelists are joined by Alex Degman, who is in his final week on the job as Morning Edition host at Tri States Public Radio.
Degman will begin a job later this month with the Illinois Radio Network, which provides stories to commercial radio stations across the state. Degman will be based in Springfield, where he will report on state government.
Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss CNN's sagging ratings.
A recent column in American Journalism Review refers to CNN as "a network in disarray" and is highly critical of CNN's prime time line up.
The Shop Talk panelists feel Larry King was not nearly as strong on TV as he was on the radio, yet he held down a prime time spot on CNN for numerous years. CNN's new prime time line up lacks much punch.
Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss recent examples of well-reported stories.
Bill Knight cites a pair of local stories. One is TeamThrows Dance for Life by Shawna Richter of the Burlington Hawkeye. It's about a teenager who organized a dance to raise money for finding a cure for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Her brother suffers from the disease.
Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss the findings of a review into the termination of Juan Williams' contract by NPR.
NPR's Board of Directors worked with the outside legal counsel Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP to gather information.
They found Williams' contract was terminated in accordance with its terms. However, the board agreed to adopt recommendations and remedial measures designed to address issues that came up during the review.
Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss claims that heated and divisive political rhetoric might have contributed to the shootings at an event held by Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Pima County (AZ) Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said, "The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous and unfortunately Arizona, I think, has sort of become the capital."