MPR News to Launch Live, National Call-in Show

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Following the success of Indivisible, a national program in collaboration with New York public radio station, WNYC, during the first 100 days of the Trump administration, MPR News is launching a new national show this fall: Flyover. The weekly, live, call-in show will focus on the big issues of modern American identity and invite the perspectives of Americans in cities, towns and rural areas that lie beyond the media spotlights. In an increasingly divided political and social landscape, this show offers a new way for listeners to be heard, and to hear and understand the experiences of fellow Americans from the country’s heartland.

Each week, host Kerri Miller, will ground the one-hour show in a specific place, inviting public radio journalists from stations across America to discuss how this week’s topic is playing out where they live and work. Then the show broadens into a national conversation featuring expert guests and the show’s listeners.  Throughout the show, Miller will take calls and social media comments from listeners for personal experiences that transcend the daily news feed.

“When Indivisible ended, we got feedback from many listeners that they wanted to continue this national conversation and – together with our public radio colleagues across the country – we’re well positioned to carry on this dialogue,” said Nancy Cassutt, executive director news and programming, MPR News. “Kerri has shown a great ability to bring out the issues and topics that matter most to people, but really, the most important voice on this program is that of the listener.”

The show will air live on public radio stations during its 12-week run on Sundays at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT, beginning Sept. 10 and running through Nov. 27. Check your local public radio station’s listings for details, or stream the program at mprnews.org.

MPR News has long been recognized as one of the foremost journalistic organizations in the Upper Midwest, reaching news consumers across all platforms. Reaching more than 500,000 listeners each week, the MPR News radio signal can be heard by 95 percent of Minnesotans. With news bureaus across the state, MPR News has partnerships with one of the largest TV stations in the region, KARE 11, and more than 30 newspapers. MPR News has received numerous awards for its reporting and most recently received a George Foster Peabody Award, Alfred I. DuPont Award and RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award for its investigative reporting. Visit mprnews.org for the latest regional, national and international headlines.

Since its beginning as a college radio station at Saint John’s University, Minnesota Public Radio has grown to a 46-station regional network of three distinct services – MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current – as well as a national producer and distributor of radio programs, podcasts and streaming services, serving 1 million Minnesotans and more than 20 million listeners a week nationwide.

Source: Data are copyright Nielsen Audio. Data are estimates only.