Posted at 1:27 PM on March 9, 2010
by Jeff Horwich
Could I ramble unproductively about this? You bet! So here's a handy FAQ to keep things under control:
Q: Wait...you're really ending? When?
A: We'll do one more show, probably coming out around March 19.
Q: What??? WHY???
A: There's no simple answer to this, and accounts would surely vary. But basically MPR looked at all of its many priorities going forward, and In The Loop is not one of them. A year ago, as most of you know, we left the radio and reemerged as a podcast/Facebook thing. While we grew steadily in Digi-Land, we did not build the size audience we needed to make an airtight case for our continued existence.
Q: Will you emerge again in some other form?
A: Unlikely this time, though we are thinking about how to continue relating to the strong community around the show, including here on Facebook.
Q: Weren't you just asking people to support you through some kind of membership thing in the latest drive?
A: Yes...that's unfortunate timing. We didn't know.
Q: What's happening to you and Sanden? Did you lose your jobs?
A: No. We're remaining with MPR, working for Public Insight Journalism (the department where our show was based). We'll be working on various projects going forward, most of which are still undetermined right now. We're both on Twitter: @jeffhorwich and @sandentotten.
Q: If I don't have you guys, how else can fill the void?
A: MPRNewsQ is here on Facebook, as are The Current and a page for Public Insight Journalism. Other APM/MPR programs are moving into the social media space all the time. Fans of ITL might like a podcast from our colleagues in California called Dinner Party Download.
Q: I'm completely confused/infuriated/overjoyed by this news. Aside from sharing my feelings with you guys, where can I communicate my thoughts?
A: Here is MPR's contact page. Be aware that comments about In The Loop are generally just sent to me - maybe not what you have in mind. If you would like it to reach someone else, please specify that in your message.
Q: What's up with your cold-hearted "FAQ"? Good God, man, have you no emotions?!?
A: We feel very strongly about the show, of course. I've been doing it for five years, Sanden for four, and we can't help but mourn for it -- and celebrate it. We're very proud of In The Loop. And we'll be on to bigger and better things.
I'll try to address any other questions you post on the page or tack on as a comment here. Thanks, everybody, for the wonderful thoughts that have already appeared on our page.
I'm grateful, more than I could ever say, for each and every listener we've ever had, and to the humbling number of people who have given something of themselves to help In The Loop succeed.