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Catalyst Radio: PaleoRadio seeks critical conversation without being divisive

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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speach issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

THE FEED

WPRR's PaleoRadio is using new media to take its reach beyond Grand Rapids, across the country and to other continents

Jeremiah Bannister said he spends two hours of research time for every hour of on-air time

Jeremiah Bannister said he spends two hours of research time for every hour of on-air time /photo provided by Jeremiah Bannister

PaleoRadio host Jeremiah Bannister (left) and producer JD Sullivan on air in the WPRR studio

PaleoRadio host Jeremiah Bannister (left) and producer JD Sullivan on air in the WPRR studio /photo provided by Jeremiah Bannister

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INTERVIEW

This episode of Catalyst Radio explores a new radio program called PaleoRadio, airing on fellow Grand Rapids nonprofit radio station WPRR. PaleoRadio is just over 30 episodes old, but already has a national, and at times, international reach.

The first PaleoRadio show hit the airwaves on WPRR on Dec. 19, 2011 in the mode of a talk radio show, but some of the first seeds of the program started with cable access TV in Battle Creek. Since the launch of PaleoRadio, now broadcasting live 15 hours per week, a growing audience is taking part in the conversations by phone, live stream, and chat technology.

We visit with both the Host and Producer of the program -- Jeremiah Bannister and JD Sullivan -- about the show’s format, its genesis, and even the state of media in general, and how that played a role in the development of PaleoRadio.

 

MUSIC

Music featured this week on Catalyst Radio is from They Might Be Giants, the 2009 disc Here Comes Science, with the song “I Am a Paleontologist.”


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