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Washington Post's radio days may be numbered

Posted at 1:02 PM on July 25, 2007 by Bill Wareham

Looks like the Washington Post may be getting out of the radio business, according to Harry Jaffe at Washingtonian.com. As I said in this space awhile back, making good radio is harder than it sounds. Jaffe seems to concur:

Bonneville hoped that Post reporters could provide scintillating radio commentary, which is why the radio company decided to pay the Post to provide content. But most Post reporters couldn’t perform. They might be good reporters, but many lack the gift of gab. In other words, they can be boring.

The few who can tell good radio stories are all over NPR and MSNBC, so Post Radio doesn’t seem special.


This, of course, is the metropolitan market where MPR's parent company is negotiating a bid on a station.