MEGS sm Pilot Project

April 2007 Update - Background

To lay the groundwork for the project, the MEGS sm team analyzed how Morning Edition® is presented on almost fifty stations around the country. This analysis showed there is a wide range of how the program is presented by stations.

Two MEGS sm workshops were conducted in August, 2006 with twelve invited stations. The stations were:

  • WABE, Atlanta
  • WGLT, Bloomington/Normal
  • WLRN, Miami
  • WMUB, Oxford
  • WMFE, Orlando
  • WGBH, Boston
  • WVTF, Roanoke
  • KSTX, San Antonio
  • KCUR, Kansas City
  • KNAU, Flagstaff
  • KUHF, Houston
  • KXJZ, Sacramento

The three updates below report on lessons learned and actions taken as a result of the Pilot Project.

March 2007 Update - Lessons Learned/Actions Taken @ WLRN

Peter Maerz is Director of Programming and Operations at WLRN in Miami, one of 12 stations that participated in the MEGS sm pilot project. In this update, Peter talks about what he and his station gained from their MEGS sm experience.

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February 2007 Update - Local Presentation Report

Listeners describe public radio journalism with phrases like "in-depth", "issues-oriented", and "compelling storytelling." Does the local news in Morning Edition® deliver those qualities? MEGS sm local journalism consultant Tanya Ott has this report from the pilot phase.

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December 2006 Update - Common Challenges and Problems

"What the MEGS sm workshop did for us is bring some friendly outside pressure on our station's operations. We know that there are problems with our presentation of Morning Edition®, but because we don't want to hurt some people's feelings, management has let it slide. So the main benefit of MEGS sm was to hold up a mirror and allow us to see that our local radio product is nowhere near NPR standards. And the excuses that we tell ourselves for this are unacceptable." - MEGS sm Pilot Station

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