The Takeaway

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The Takeaway
The Takeaway logo.png
Genre News: Global news, National USA News, analysis, commentary, interviews, discussion, perspectives, breaking news, UG content
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Home station WNYC New York Public Radio
Syndicates PRI Public Radio International
Hosted by Todd Zwillich
Created by PRI Public Radio International & WNYC New York Public Radio
Executive producer(s) Arwa Gunja
Recording studio New York, NY
Original release 2008 – present
Audio format Stereophonic
Website www.thetakeaway.org
Podcast feeds.wnyc.org/thetakeaway

The Takeaway is a morning radio news program co-created and co-produced by Public Radio International and WNYC. Its editorial partners are The New York Times, and WGBH-FM; at launch the BBC World Service was also an editorial partner. In addition to co-producing/co-creating the program, PRI also distributes the program nationwide to its affiliated stations. The program debuted on WNYC in New York, WGBH in Boston, and WEAA in Baltimore.[1]

Mission[edit]

The program's stated intent is to deliver "national and international news and cultural stories through a conversational and unprecedented personality-driven format."[2] The program launched on April 28, 2008, initially airing in two separate live feeds -- from 6-7am on WNYC 93.9 FM and from 8-9am on AM 820.[3] [4]

On January 25, 2010, as part of WNYC-FM's new schedule the show was moved to WNYC-AM, a later hour, and expanded to four hours.[5] On September 3, 2012, the show was reduced to one hour.[6]

Presenters[edit]

The show initially launched with Nigerian-American broadcaster Adaora Udoji and John Hockenberry as co-hosts. Udoji left the show after eight months,[7] and was replaced on an interim basis[8] by African-American journalist, Farai Chideya, who left four months later.[9] After several stints as guest co-host, Celeste Headlee joined the show as permanent co-host September 21, 2009[10] until her departure August 17, 2012.[11]

Hockenberry anchored until August 2017, stepping down without an appointed replacement.[12] Currently, the show is anchored by interim host Todd Zwillich.[13]

Support[edit]

The program has received major philanthropic support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,[14] the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,[15] Rockefeller Foundation, and the Skoll Foundation.[16]

Format[edit]

With the program's debut, public radio had more than one program available throughout the morning drive across time zones for the first time. The format of the program was influenced by discussions at the Stanford Joint Program in Design.[17] It has a different tone and approach from NPR's Morning Edition, delivering national and international news and cultural stories through a conversational and personality-driven format rather than a magazine, packaged pieces format like Morning Edition. The web presence of the program allows listeners to respond immediately to news and participate in editorial decision-making, as well as building a significant online community around the content.

Effective September 2012, with an expiration of a Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant and limited uptake at public radio stations, The Takeaway was reduced to one hour, feeding at 9 a.m. Eastern with an updated hour feeding at 12 noon Eastern for the Pacific Time Zone and midday Eastern markets. WGBH Boston airs the program every weekday at 10 am and 2 pm Eastern.[18]

Feedback[edit]

The difference between the expectations of public radio listeners and the tone of the program initially led to a negative response from some listeners.[19][20][21][22] However, the program has attracted a more diverse audience, with African American listenership exceeding public radio averages by 60%.[23] It's also received multiple awards, including The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Community Lifeline Award (shared with WNYC for coverage of Hurricane Sandy in 2012) and the 2011 Radio and Television Digital News Association/UNITY Award (for their series "Fluid Identities").

Broadcast partners[edit]

To date, the program has approximately 200 carrying stations across the country.

Controversy[edit]

In 2011, The Takeaway dismissed part-time freelancer Caitlin Curran, after she'd participated in the Occupy Wall Street protests. According to WNYC's company guidelines: "Individuals may not participate in an advocacy manner in events involving causes or issues that New York Public Radio covers or may cover." At the time, The Takeaway was covering the protests extensively. The dismissal was widely criticized.[24]

On December 1, 2017, New York Magazine published journalist Suki Kim's story alleging that John Hockenberry had created a toxic work environment for his co-hosts and lower-level co-workers and had even crossed the line of sexual harassment.[25]. In WNYC's own reporting about the story, journalist Ilya Marritz stated that four women had "approached WNYC News to say they recently filed harassment complaints with the station and have been dissatisfied with the response from human resources."[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PRI and WNYC Radio's The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji to Launch On Air and Online on Monday, April 28". WNYC. March 25, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ "PRI and WNYC Radio's The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji to Launch On Air and Online on Monday, April 28". WNYC. March 25, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ "PRI and WNYC Radio's The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji to Launch On Air and Online on Monday, April 28". WNYC. March 25, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ Joe Nocera (May 3, 2008). "An Upstart Up Against a Jewel". The New York Times. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  5. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (December 21, 2009). "Takeaway takes on FM status quo". The Denver Post. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  6. ^ Janssen, Mike (July 9, 2012). "Takeaway shifts to middays in bid for broader carriage". Current.org. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  7. ^ "Public Radio Icon John Hockenberry Accused of Harrassing Female Colleagues."". NY Magazine. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  8. ^ "Harassment and Bullying Allegations Rock WNYC After Departure of Celebrated Host". WNYC News. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Public Radio Icon John Hockenberry Accused of Harrassing Female Colleagues."". NY Magazine. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  10. ^ "WNYC and Public Radio International Announce New Co-Host for The Takeaway". WNYC News. September 16, 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  11. ^ "Izzi Smith joins NPR programming, Headlee leaves The Takeaway, Brooks heads project for deaf/blind". Current. September 10, 2012. Retrieved 2017-12-04. 
  12. ^ "'Takeaway' host Hockenberry to step down in August". Current. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  13. ^ "Celeste Headlee on Twitter: "@silouette74 I left the Takeaway -- my last day was Friday."". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  14. ^ CPB: Corporation for Public Broadcasting Announces Funding Support for PRI and WNYC Radio's The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji
  15. ^ PRI.ORG | PRI receives Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant
  16. ^ PRI.ORG | PRI partners with Skoll Foundation
  17. ^ ""Fast Company"". Fast Company. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Current.org - Retreats from Morning Edition turf, 2012". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  19. ^ ""Nostalgic Rumblings - a radio blog"". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  20. ^ ""Commentary by Skipp Porteus"". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Axolotl.com"
  22. ^ "The Errant Aesthete"
  23. ^ "Current.org - Retreats from Morning Edition turf, 2012". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  24. ^ On the Media.
  25. ^ "Public Radio Icon John Hockenberry Accused of Harrassing Female Colleagues."". NY Magazine. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  26. ^ "Harassment and Bullying Allegations Rock WNYC After Departure of Celebrated Host."". WNYC News. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 

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