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August 6, 2003

WBAA-AM to broadcast NPR's 'Day to Day'

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – WBAA-AM 920 will debut a new National Public Radio weekday radio newsmagazine beginning at noon on Monday (8/11).

"Day to Day" is a one-hour program from the creators of the morning and afternoon radio newsmagazines "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." The program, designed to serve listeners in the middle of the day, will be hosted by principal NPR correspondent Alex Chadwick. It is based at NPR's new West Coast facility in Los Angeles.

"'Day to Day' will give listeners of NPR substance with a twist: smart, funny, thoughtful, quirky material – a great break and refresher in the middle of a busy day," Chadwick said. "Listeners will hear updates on key news, original stories and provocative ideas about the attitudes and trends that shape our world."

WBAA station manager Dan Skinner said he anticipates a strong following for the program.

"We're happy to be able to bring this new program from National Public Radio to our listeners," Skinner said. "NPR has a strong reputation for quality in-depth news reporting and now WBAA-AM 920 listeners will also have access to that reporting each weekday over the noon hour."

The program will deliver NPR news and information content in shorter segments, with more stories and frequent news updates, along with features and commentaries. Listeners will hear familiar voices from an array of NPR News correspondents and commentators, as well as contributors from partner Slate Magazine, station-based reporters and independents.

Chadwick has spent more than two decades in a variety of roles at NPR, both on and off the air. He is currently host and chief writer for the award-winning series "Radio Expeditions." The series, co-produced with the National Geographic Society, explores the natural world and different cultures. Chadwick came to NPR in 1977 as host and producer of NPR's morning news service and has hosted and prepared reports for public radio's most listened to newsmagazines, "Morning Edition," and "All Things Considered," as well as "Weekend Edition."

Chadwick has reported from Central and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He recently earned the Sigma Delta Chi Award for investigative reporting and has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for foreign reporting, along with an Emmy, a Peabody and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for reporting on the disadvantaged.

CONTACT: Skinner, (765) 494-3960, dskinner@purdue.edu.

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: A publication-quality photo of Alex Chadwick is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/chadwick.a.jpeg.

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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