Press Releases

Ilan Stavans and Ray Suarez
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

On October 15, 1958 -- sixty years ago next week -- Edward R. Murrow, the distinguished CBS newsman, delivered his famous "wires and lights" speech in Chicago at the Radio and Television News Directors Association convention. In it, he criticized American media for abandoning its responsibility to enlighten the audience on the crucial issues of the day and instead falling prey to facile entertainment that was shamelessly driven by profit.

Marie Betts Bartlett
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

The colorful artwork of Marie Betts Bartlett will adorn New England Public Radio's 2018 "Art Mug" available to contributing listeners as a thank you gift beginning with station's fall fund drive which is underway now.

The mug is number thirteen in a series that has continued to be popular with NEPR's listeners over the years. Bartlett's design was selected from dozens of entries received by the station this year during an open call for submissions that began in July.

Steve Petke
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

New England Public Radio is adding more locally produced classical music to Saturday afternoons on 88.5FM. Beginning September 15, Steve Petke will host a live program from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. every Saturday afternoon, featuring the best in classical music from Bach to Beethoven, Handel to Haydn.

Nancy Eve Cohen
Matthew Cavanaugh

Nancy Eve Cohen will cover Berkshire County for New England Public Radio. Nancy has been a freelance reporter with NEPR since 2012 and has produced an impressive body of reporting for the station including recent pieces on the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, local farming and school safety from the perspective of students and teachers.

"Nancy is an experienced and accomplished reporter," said NEPR news director Sam Hudzik. "She has a particular interest and expertise in environment and agriculture stories -- and has produced some brilliant ones for us."

On Thursday, September 13, beginning at 7:00 p.m., New England Public Radio and Radiotopia will host a podcast listening event at Gateway City Arts,