PETER CLOWNEY NAMED EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF WEEKEND AMERICA

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PETER CLOWNEY NAMED EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF WEEKEND AMERICA

POPULAR PUBLIC RADIO PROGRAM FITS WEEKEND STATE OF MIND

(St. Paul, Minn.) July 5, 2006-American Public Mediaô is pleased to announce that public radio editor, producer, and reporter Peter Clowney has been named executive producer of Weekend AmericaÆ, the live two-hour weekly public radio program designed to provide new perspective on the week’s events. Clowney will assume his position on July 20.

“Peter is an experienced and highly capable radio producer who has worked on some of public radio’s most distinctive programs,” said Sarah Lutman, senior vice president, Content and Media for Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media. “It will be exciting to watch Weekend America continue to grow and develop over the coming years.”

Clowney is currently a senior editor at MarketplaceÆ, American Public Media’s award-winning daily business and economics news program. In this role, he is responsible for managing the program’s New York bureau.

Previously, Clowney was senior editor at PRI’s Studio 360. His professional experience also includes working as an arts and culture reporter at WHYY-FM in Philadelphia and as a producer at This American Life.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Weekend America,” said Clowney. “The program is unique, fun, and its audience will only keep growing. Stations are catching on to the potential of the show, and the hosts deliver. We’re ready for great things.”

About Weekend America
Launched in October 2004 by American Public Media, Weekend America is currently heard in 22 of the 50 largest markets and on 144 public radio stations across the county. The program reaches 611,000 listeners each week and continues to grow as stations and audiences expect the program to be part of their weekend.

Weekend America, hosted in Los Angeles by public radio veterans Barbara Bogaev and Bill Radke, features segments on news and newsmakers, issues of the week, the diversity of American culture and the arts. Its magazine format makes it a weekend companion where busy listeners can tune in at any point without getting lost. Incorporating the best of public radio from content partner stations, independent producers and national producers, Weekend America reflects the way people use radio on the weekends.

American Public Mediaô is the nation’s second-biggest producer of public radio programs, reaching 14.2 million listeners nationwide each week. National programs include A Prairie Home CompanionÆ, Weekend AmericaÆ, Saint Paul SundayÆ, MarketplaceÆ, Marketplace MoneyÆ, The Splendid TableÆ, BeingÆ and special reports produced by its national documentary unit, American RadioWorksÆ. American Public Media is the national production and distribution division of Minnesota Public RadioÆ. Minnesota Public Radio, along with its sister company Southern California Public Radio, belongs to a larger family of companies within American Public Media Group, a national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to develop resources, services and systems to support public media for public service. A complete list of stations, programs and additional services can be obtained at www.americanpublicmedia.org.

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Source: Data are copyright Arbitron, Inc. Arbitron data are estimates only.
Spring 2005/Fall 2005 average