Thursday, July 26, 2012
Give Q A Listen
Listen next week for Q, a new program we're piloting on VPR. Q is a lively arts, culture, and entertainment magazine hosted by Jian Ghomeshi. We’re testing it out for a few days at 8 p.m. beginning Monday, July 30th. We’re asking you to give it a listen and let us know what you think.
Q explores our cultural landscape, bringing you new ideas from the people who are paving the way. Ghomeshi has interviewed an array of prominent international figures from prime ministers to sports stars and cultural icons. He offers his own editorial insights on the day's events and laces the show with insight and wit. You’ll also hear live music that runs the gamut from R&B to folk-punk. Produced by the CBC, Q is the most popular arts and entertainment program in Canada and is increasing in popularity in the U.S. The program was profiled in the New York Times July 22nd.
The retirement of Tom and Ray Magliozzi from Car Talk has prompted an important discussion about innovation in public radio. VPR strives to give you the opportunity to hear the best public radio programming being produced today – by stations, networks and independent producers. The TED Radio Hour, Snap Judgement, The Moth Radio Hour, State of the Re:Union, American RadioWorks, and Radiolab are all programs that started out ‘new’ and are now favorites. Piloting Q is a continuation of VPR’s commitment to trying new things.
I hope you’ll give Q a listen and let us know what you think. We’re testing it out for a few days at 8 p.m. beginning Monday. Learn more about Q here.
For more about innovation in public radio, listen to Vermont Edition from July 20th, which featured conversations with VPR President Robin Turnau and Ira Glass of This American Life.