Gone are the glory days of the mainstream radio serials, but the concept has been revived in the form of Welcome to Night Vale. The popular podcast takes the form of a community radio show that describes the unnatural goings-on in the fictional, absurdly humorous desert town of Night Vale.
Early afternoon, this deep New York autumn, there are minute-by-minute decisions to be made. A computer screen divided into quadrants shows four different versions of cable news from the four big American players in this business. Very often, two or three of them are doing the same story. But the fourth, a little different it seems, tends to bring forward more variety and spontaneity, though never, of course, at the expense of hard news, or breaking news.
Shelagh Rogers rules benevolently as queen of the airwaves and den mother to 1.3 million Canadians a week, as host of This Morning on CBC Radio One. This particular morning, after the red “on-air” light went out, we turned the tables on Shelagh by getting her to answer questions instead of asking them.