Along with putting on a darn good daily radio hour these past five-plus years, the folks losing their jobs today at NPR's "Day to Day" have been doing a nice job of saying goodbye. Their public process of coming to grips and regrouping since December mirrors what a lot of people are going through these days. Here's the staff blog, Daydreaming, where I kiped the photo of host Madeleine Brand (the headline is from her Facebook page) and this post from senior producer Steve Proffitt:
Working on a radio show like this one is very much like being a member of a tribe. We share joy and tears, coo over our babies, and sometimes dance together around a fire. We have our own lingo, our own history and our own legends.
But now, the sharp blade of the recession has cut down all the trees in our forest, and we are being scattered to the four winds....
He invites fans to visit the staff's Facebook group, Life After NPR's Day to Day. I'll be away from the radio this morning when they sign off, but I'll definitely go back and listen to the last show on the web. I also want to hear Tony Cox mark the end of News & Notes, produced in Culver City as well but not aired in L.A. The "News & Notes" staff has been publicly winding down too — here's a four-minute audio piece where Cox and editor Sasa Woodruff react to listener email about the show ending. Cox, who became the host in January after the departure of Farai Chideya, has been around radio in Southern California for a long time.
* KPCC note: For now, KPCC will run the BBC news for an hour at 9 a.m. weekdays.