The new news and culture program to be hosted by Madeleine Brand on KCRW will debut on Monday, January 27 in the noon to 1 p.m. slot. That puts it between the morning block of music — Jason Bentley's Morning Become Eclectic — and Warren Olney's national news program, To the Point, at 1 p.m. The name of Brand's show will be "Press Play." It will be a talk format focused on the news and culture, a lot like the shows Brand hosted at KPCC and on NPR (you all remember Day to Day, right?) "The World" with Marco Werman is currently in the noon time slot.
In this slot Brand will not go up against her former show at KPCC, now called "Take Two" and co-hosted by Alex Cohen and A Martinez. But she will be on at the same time as the second hour of "Airtalk with Larry Mantle" on KPCC.
The Madeleine Brand program is the first new daily news show to join the schedule at KCRW since 2001. I previously posted who the key producers are: Andrew Walsh, Matt Holzman, Christian Bordal, Anna Scott and Jolie Myers. Maybe others who I don't know about yet. They are all currently squeezed into the same open room in the KCRW basement at Santa Monica College where the staff for Olney's two shows sit and also the station's news producers.