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June 2, 2004 | Bruce Kluger and David Slavin
As faithful as the changing of the equinoxes, Warner Bros. will once again go into overdrive this week to promote "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," its newest big-screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling's mind-bendingly popular children's books. As always, publishers, TV programmers and entrepreneurs across the country will try to co-opt the Potter craze, hoping to siphon off riches of their own. Which media outlet will come up with the most lucrative way to latch on to Pottermania?
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2004 | Peter Goodman, Newsday
Despite a perception that National Public Radio is politically liberal, the majority of its sources are actually Republicans and conservatives, according to a survey released Tuesday by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a left-leaning media watchdog. "Republicans not only had a substantial partisan edge," according to a report accompanying the survey, "individual Republicans were NPR's most popular sources overall, taking the top seven spots in frequency of appearance."
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May 16, 2004 | Allan M. Jalon, Special to The Times
The money's in the bank, all $235 million of it. Dick Starmann, advisor to the late Joan B. Kroc, widow of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc and giver of this staggering gift, describes how he just finished sending it to National Public Radio about three weeks ago.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2004 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
Bob Edwards, one of radio's consummate interviewers, has found himself in his final days as host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" in the awkward position of subject rather than questioner. "I'm sick and tired of that, frankly," said Edwards, who today ends a 24-year tenure at the helm of NPR's most popular show.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2004 | Jonathan Taylor
With the tally of e-mails to National Public Radio objecting to the public broadcaster's reassignment of longtime "Morning Edition" anchor Bob Edwards now upwards of 23,000, NPR launched a two-pronged damage control campaign this week. NPR-affiliated stations -- including Pasadena-based KPCC-FM (89.3), which ends its spring fundraising drive today -- sent their members a plea from Edwards to continue contributing.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2004 | Allan M. Jalon and Steve Carney, Special to The Times
The outwardly ordered world of National Public Radio has been upended as station managers, editorial writers and more than 13,000 listeners have reacted with anger and confusion to last week's announcement that the network was removing the highly popular Bob Edwards as host of its flagship show, "Morning Edition," as of April 30.
OPINION
March 29, 2004
Re "All Things Weren't Considered," Commentary, March 26: Bravo to Linda Ellerbee for telling it like it is. It's bad enough when television personalities are put out to pasture, but ageism in radio? Shame on National Public Radio. Carol Hirsch Los Angeles Ellerbee, who champions causes for the young even as she ages (gracefully), said what many of us were thinking: Bob Edwards represents the best in broadcast radio. Lose him, NPR, and you lose my confidence, as well as my contribution.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2004 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
Bob Edwards, whose deep, smooth baritone has been the first voice that millions of National Public Radio listeners have awakened to for 25 years, is being replaced on "Morning Edition" at the end of April, the network announced Tuesday. When asked about the change, Edwards said, "I wish there were no change." "I was there from Day One. That's quite an investment," he said. "I guess some of us have to be dragged off." Edwards, 56, has hosted the show since it premiered Nov. 5, 1979.
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December 23, 2003 | David Folkenflik, Baltimore Sun
When Tavis Smiley does things, he does them big. The talk show host's March 2001 dismissal from cable network BET prompted national headlines. Smiley regrouped the next year by launching a new program on, of all places, National Public Radio. Although his overtly political sensibility is not to every taste, "The Tavis Smiley Show" has enjoyed stirring success in drawing new listeners to more than 60 stations in major cities, including KPCC-FM (89.3) in Pasadena, where it airs weekdays at 8 p.m.
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December 9, 2003 | David Folkenflik, Baltimore Sun
The late Joan B. Kroc loved the news. "If she wasn't on the Internet, she was listening to NPR or watching the cables -- or all three at once," says her friend and advisor, Richard Starmann. In her will, the McDonald's restaurant heiress and philanthropist bequeathed $200 million to National Public Radio, the largest private donation in the broadcaster's history. Kroc died of brain cancer on Oct. 12 and NPR announced the gift early last month.
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