CPB Picks 'Talent Quest' Finalists
October 5, 2007 at 2:13 PM (PT)
The CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING names its six finalists in its "TALENT QUEST" contest searching for the next public radio host, and the list includes some folks with media experience, including actress and former "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" cast member JULIA SWEENEY and NEW YORK TIMES columnist, cookbook author and "TODAY SHOW" regular guest MARK BITTMAN.
"Performance Poet" AL LETSON, COUNCIL FOR RESPONSIBLE PUBLIC INVESTMENT Exec. Dir. GLYNN WASHINGTON, SUSTAINABLE SOUTH BRONX Founder/Exec. Dir. MAJORA CARTER, and SKEPCHICK.ORG founder REBECCA WATSON are the other finalists. Pilots will be produced by two teams, PUBLIC RADIO EXCHANGE (LETSON, WASHINGTON, and WATSON) and LAUNCH PRODUCTION INC. (BITTMAN, CARTER, and SWEENEY), and CPB will choose which pilot to fund for development early next year.
"This has been an exciting process and we're looking forward to introducing AMERICA to the next generation of public radio talent," said CPB Pres./CEO PAT HARRISON. "Public radio will indeed be a source for new and different voices."