American Public Media announces new Weekend America host

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American Public Media announces new Weekend America host

John Moe named to new position

(St. Paul, Minn.) August 5, 2008—American Public Media announces today the appointment of John Moe as host of Weekend America,® public radio’s show about what’s happening around the country this weekend. The program connects listeners to the most fascinating events and stories of the day, through eye-opening, memorable and inventive reports. Weekend America is a news program with a human touch, substance informed by humor—and that’s the perfect venue for John Moe.

“John’s a veteran, of public radio and also of this show,” said Sarah Lutman, American Public Media’s senior vice president of Content and Media. “He’s been doing segments with us since the start, first as a freelance reporter and later as senior reporter. John is smart, funny, thoughtful, and he connects perfectly with the mission of the show.”

Moe begins his new host position on Aug. 16. Before joining the show, Moe hosted many different programs at Seattle public radio (KUOW) and was a staff writer at NPR’s Rewind. He continues to write occasional columns for McSweeney’s and The Seattle Times, and writes about music, TV and film for MSN.

Desiree Cooper will become a senior correspondent for Weekend America.

“Desiree is a great, natural storyteller,” said Peter Clowney, Weekend America executive producer. “Her essays and reports have deepened the program—and now we’ll get to showcase Des’s talent even more.”

Bill Radke is leaving Weekend America.

“Bill has contributed to the sound and shape of Weekend America,” said Clowney. “His comfort in front of the microphone, his ease with listeners, and his quick wit are rare skills and ones we know will continue to serve him well in this business. We thank him for everything he has done for the program.”

Weekend America is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and American Public Media. It is heard on more than 140 public radio stations nationwide, including in Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, and Boston.