Congratulations to National Public Radio's Maria Thomas, Sr. V.P., NPR Digital Media, and her team for the launch last week of the NPR Music beta. I was there for a launch celebration at NPR Hq on Tuesday. From the news release:
... NPR Music is a creative collaboration with KEXP and KPLU Seattle; KUT Austin; WBGO Newark; WDUQ Pittsburgh; WFUV and WNYC New York; WGBH Boston; WGUC Cincinnati; Folk Alley.com (WKSU) Kent, Ohio; WXPN Philadelphia, and Minnesota Public Radio. With their deep connection into local arts communities, their incredible music libraries and archives, and their respected on-air hosts and DJs, these stations have invested real energy and resources into the communities they serve. NPR Music allows you to move beyond the geographic boundaries of radio signals and discover the authentic sense of place created by stations across the country. We expect additional NPR stations and public radio producers, as well as other contributors, to join this collaborative effort in the coming months and years. ...
Link: NPR. Early reaction from listeners has been very encouraging.
Disclosure: I'm on the NPR board of directors and on Wednesday was elected as its chairman for the next 12 months.
Also see Rob Paterson's, The New NPR Music Site - A Model for Social Media. Link: FASTforward. --Dennis