Welcome, all, to the site of my new national political blog, sponsored by WHYY.org. It’s taking shape today, with the official launch set for Monday.
When the folks at Philadelphia’s public media service offered me this gig, I knew I couldn’t refuse. I’ve been a big fan of Public Broadcasting (or PBS, the traditional acronym) since the ‘70s, when several things happened: (1) I twice appeared as a guest in ’72 on William F. Buckley’s famous PBS show, Firing Line; the conservative icon frequently booked token college students to ask token questions, and (2) PBS picked up Dick Cavett’s brainy talk show in ’77 after the commercial networks inexplicably dropped him.
My sentiments remain strong today, especially on the radio side – not just because I get the occasional chance to chat on Marty Moss-Coane’s Radio Times (I was on today, in fact) and on NPR news shows that originate in Boston and Los Angeles, but because I particularly like NPR’s emphasis on what it calls “perspective-driven journalistic content.”
I’m happy for this chance to add my daily blog to the mix – we’ve renamed it National Interest – and it will begin at this WHYY.org address on Monday. I hope that longstanding readers, along with new adherents, will look for it here, especially as the ’10 election campaign kicks into fourth gear. Feel free to bookmark it.
And some time this fall, this new blog will move again, to its more permanent WHYY home – an interactive news website that WHYY is readying for launch. The website will be called Newsworks.