WAMU/Washington, NPR Announce '1A' With Joshua Johnson As Diane Rehm's Replacement
November 16, 2016 at 8:18 AM (PT)
The retiring DIANE REHM's replacement at NPR and AMERICAN UNIVERSITY News-Talk WAMU/WASHINGTON will be a new two-hour midday show, "1A," hosted by KQED, INC. News-Talk KQED-F/SAN FRANCISCO "TRUTH BE TOLD" host and former morning news anchor JOSHUA JOHNSON. The new show, helmed by Executive Producer RUPERT ALLMAN, will debut JANUARY 2nd at 10a (ET), and will be available on the air and as a podcast.
In a release about the new show, WAMU said that "1A will provide deep conversation about the thorniest issues of our times delivered with insight, intimacy, and personality. 1A builds on DIANE’s legacy of civil dialogue and analysis, while engaging with audiences when and where they choose, on the radio and in a daily podcast."
JOHNSON said, “My professional passions have always centered on creativity, exploration and service. This moment in history demands these attributes of us. It’s a chance to tell stories more creatively, to explore ideas beyond our own, and to refocus on serving others.”
“There has never been a time in our history where non-ideological and civil conversation is as important as it is right now," said NPR President/CEO JARL MOHN. “I am so very hopeful that JOSHUA JOHNSON and his new show 1A will continue this tradition and help create the next generation of public radio for AMERICA.”
“At this moment, our country needs a fresh voice that addresses the wonderful diversity of our nation,” said REHM. “JOSHUA JOHNSON represents AMERICA’s future and is the right host at the right time.”