Jonathan Blakley Joins MPR As PD
October 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM (PT)
MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO has tapped JONATHAN BLAKLEY, formerly of NPR, as its new PD, beginning next week. He will oversee radio programming and audio content development within the newsroom. Part of his new portfolio will include a variety of new podcasts that will showcase new voices discussing a range of topics.
“JONATHAN’s radio roots run deep. He tells wonderful stories about growing up in a DETROIT house with different radio shows resonating throughout,” said MPR NEWS Managing Director CHRIS WORTHINGTON. “We welcome his passion for radio and his breadth of news reporting experience to our newsroom.”
"I am extraordinarily excited and honored to become part of the award-winning MPR NEWS newsroom. It’s one of the brightest gems in public radio, and I get to return to my native MIDWEST,” BLAKLEY said. “One of my first childhood memories is my father giving me a hand-sized, nine-volt battery-powered transistor radio that I listened to under my pillow every night. I look forward to guiding MPR NEWS to a new and diverse generation of loyal listeners. Whether they tune us in via transistor radio or the next fancy mobile device, our audiences statewide will get the important reporting and thoughtful analysis they depend on and surely deserve.”