Judy McAlpine to head national programming, distribution for American Public Media

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Judy McAlpine to head national programming, distribution for American Public Media

(St. Paul, Minn.)—December 1, 2008—American Public Media today announced the promotion of Judy McAlpine to head its national programming and distribution, reporting to Jon McTaggart, APM and MPR’s senior vice president and chief operating officer. In her capacity, McAlpine has responsibility for the creative development of content for the portfolio of shows including news and information as well as classical music. Prominent within the portfolio she manages are Marketplace, Marketplace Money and Marketplace Morning Report, A Splendid Table, Being, Weekend America, American RadioWorks, Performance Today and SymphonyCast. In addition, she will oversee the division’s underwriting, development and program distribution.

Describing McAlpine, Bill Kling, CEO of American Public Media and MPR said “During the past year Judy has demonstrated her ability to lead award-winning programming delivered on air and on line. Her leadership and program production experience at the Canadian Broadcasting Company (one of the world’s most respected public broadcasters) give her the skills to deliver strong, compelling programs for our audiences. She is one of the world’s truly professional broadcast and digital content managers with a track record to match. We are excited about what she will be able to do in this expanded role.”

McAlpine said, “I’m looking forward to building on the strengths that American Public Media is known for across the US. In a changing media landscape, our audience depends more than ever on the public service values that distinguish our programming on air and online.”

McAlpine joined American Public Media a year ago from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio where she was director of International/Business Development. Her award-winning career at the CBC spanned local, national and international program production and management. McAlpine was executive producer of CBC’s flagship national daily current affairs show “This Morning” and also created the celebrated documentary program “Outfront.” She later managed all CBC Radio national current affairs programs and led redevelopment of the morning radio schedule. As well, she developed new strategies for CBC Radio expansion on emerging platforms, resulting in podcast, satellite and mobile launches.

McAlpine holds a master of arts in Journalism and a bachelor of arts, with honors, in English Literature, both from University of Western Ontario, Canada.

What is American Public Media?
Nearly 16 million listeners nationwide, including nearly 800,000 listeners in the region, tune in to programs produced by American Public Media. American Public Media is the country’s second-largest producer of national public radio programs, with a portfolio including A Prairie Home Companion,® Weekend America,® Saint Paul Sunday,® Marketplace,® Marketplace Money,® The Splendid Table,® Being® and special reports produced by its national documentary unit, American RadioWorks.® A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be found at www.mpr.org and www.americanpublicmedia.org.