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“You’re Listening to Transitions on New England Public Radio”…

UPDATED 1:05PM 5/1/2017: To add comment from WGBH on hiring former NEPR host Susan Kaplan. New England Public Radio, the National Public Radio affiliate licensed to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has long been a fixture in Pioneer Valley Media. However, it has sought a more prominent

Briefings: Springfield Republican’s Sheriff Endorsement Leaks Early…

UPDATED 11:04PM: To reflect comments from Republican executive editor Wayne Phaneuf and reflect the editorial’s posting. The Republican newspaper’s endorsement in the Hampden Sheriff’s race got out ahead of schedule, revealing the paper choice in the fiercely contested Democratic primary. Not altogether surprisingly, the editorial

Falling from the Fourth Estate of Grace in the Valley?…

This post is the first in a series on the state of media in the 413. The economic crisis throttling media has hardly bypassed the Pioneer Valley. Big papers like The Republican have thinned considerably. Television news continues its drift to sensationalism. Alternative papers struggle,

Briefings: Attention Massachusetts…The Politico Has Landed…

Four months after the first rumblings of its expansion began, Politico, now the preeminent publication for inside the Beltway politics, has made its move. As part of a national strategy to replicate in state capitals what it did in Washington, Politico announced plans in April

By the Power Vested in the FCC, We Declare You Western Mass News…

UPDATED 4/24/15 3:28PM: For clarity & grammar and to include a new picture and to include info on WWLP’s newscast on its CW subchannel. Hailing its combined newsgathering operation as “an exciting, new concept” Meredith Corporation unveiled a new brand and a revised lineup for its

Analysis: Coming Soon…We Are Politico. We Are Legion…

Perhaps Politico is not legion yet, but its decision to start Playbooks for other states suggests they are prepared to greatly expand their footprint well beyond the grossly over-reported national political scene. What Politico is proposing is only a start, but if successful, in states like Massachusetts

Analysis: Groundbreaking Made for TV, Edited for Language & Content…

SPRINGFIELD—It was a made for TV moment: the confetti, the standard mound of dirt, and the construction equipment. With great fanfare, gushing speeches and conveniently clear weather, MGM Springfield had its groundbreaking in the South End with the damaged Zanetti School as a backdrop. The

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Briefings: WSHM to WGGB: Welcome to the Family…We’re Moving in!…

UPDATED 2/27/15 4:49PM: For grammar and clarity. Changes are afoot in Greater Springfield’s media following the purchase of one of the region’s major television broadcasters by a media company that already had a foothold in the Valley. Last year Des Moines-based Meredith Corporation, the owner