Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Important News For Black Bloggers - NPR Cancels "News And Notes" - Show End Will It's Run On March 20th

This is a major blow to black media and black bloggers. The Bloggers Roundtable was an extremely important and influential platform for black bloggers. News and Notes and it's host Farai Chideya wholly embraced and strongly supported the black blogosphere.

Where mainstream black radio has failed to engage black bloggers other than the celebrity gossip black blogs, News and Notes opened their airwaves to all. I picked up many a new reader by being listed on the News and Notes website.

I hope that someone will recognize the talent and intelligence of the show's host, Farai Chideya and scoop her up. She's an awesome talent and a gracious individual.

A special thank you to Farai and all the staffers on News and Notes from the bottom of my heart. Your hard work is acknowledged and your show will be missed!


8thlight December 10, 2008 at 5:49 PM  

She is my go to girl for news! This sucks! I like Tell Me More, but I need Farai Chideya.

:( . . .

msladydeborah December 10, 2008 at 6:46 PM  

I am sorry to learn that News and Notes will end.

Was any reason given as to why the program will no longer be aired? I would like to know if it was due to budget concerns or listener numbers.

Claudia December 10, 2008 at 7:17 PM  

This is a real blow. I enjoyed "News and Notes" but I figured something was up when they moved her show to 9 pm in my area. And I'm sorry, I like Michelle Martin, but "Tell Me More" is not a sufficient replacement for all the good work, news, and entertainment that Farai provided. Her show will be missed!

Sassy J December 10, 2008 at 9:27 PM  

I'm, like, devestated. I konw she mentioned that if they are able to get some more programming ideas buy then, maybe. But this might be another graveyard show. I've only recently started listening to "Tell Me More", but it's not on my iPod like "News and Notes".

So disappointing...

Christopher Chambers December 10, 2008 at 10:55 PM  

Can we be frank about the disease, and not go 'round about symptoms? We're plain dummer, so why listen to NPR? We're a nation of Rickey Bobbies, Lil'Jons, Gossip Girls, Video Vixens, Sarah Palins, Real Housewives, Plaxicos, Limbaugh Dittoheads, teenagers, et al. So what's Farai's target dem amount to now--5 people? When folk get their news, "analysis" and investigative reporting from John Stewart/Stephen Colbert, Sean Hannity and Tom Joyner, is there any reason to have an NPR? For too long we've pandered and lowered the river. Perhaps the infrastructure we need to revive is between our ears...

bbgcmac December 11, 2008 at 9:26 AM  

I'm like Sassy - I am honestly quite devastated. I LOVE News and Notes. Its funny that Tavis left NPR because they were not attempting to reach the AA demographic as they promised when he was on there. Then came News and Notes in it's slot with Tony Cox, eventually Ed Gordon and then Farai. Both Tony and Farai were just outstanding - gave great energy, informative interviews, and facinating topics. I am an avid NPR listner. Have been for years. I enjoy many of the programs by white host like Fresh Air with T. Gross, Talk of the Nation with Neal C, but imma have to take a second look at this. This is quite and empty feeling losing a show that speaks to me.

Professor Tracey December 11, 2008 at 10:07 AM  

Everyone -

I completely agree. I'd like to know how NPR was tracking listeners to News and Notes because I knew tons of folks that listened to that show exclusively. Sounds very fishy to me.

Julia December 11, 2008 at 10:42 AM  

I just wrote NPR to express my disappointment at their decision and to attempt to shame then into reconsidering. I urge all of you to do so, too.

It really angers me that, of all of their shows, they chose this one--when it is truly unique in their lineup. (And is such a good show!) And if they have complaints about levels of listenership, etc, I have to wonder how much that has to do with the show, and how much that has to do with WHEN the show is broadcast. Where I live, it's on in the evening around 7, and I'll bet it gets a lot of competition from dinner, homework, and TV.


Divalocity December 14, 2008 at 9:38 PM  

If it’s anything that will inspire, uplift, educate, transform and reflects a different opinion then they don’t want to hear about it nor read about it. Just as long as it continues to ‘dumb down’ the people then their work is done.

Who cares about black radio? What revolution have they incited lately? Who have they transformed lately? Who have the inspired to live their dreams? Who do they educate? Many black blogger’s are a force to be reckoned with, are growing and becoming quite powerful on the web. Ever since President-elect Obama rewrote the election standards the power of the Internet will never be overlooked again.

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