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As WYPR turns 20, a conversation with President LaFontaine E. Oliver

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LaFontaine E. Oliver is president and general manager of WYPR-FM and WTMD-FM, and Chairman of NPR's Board of Directors. (photo by Jim Hobart)

Today on Midday on the Media, we mark WYPR's 20th anniversary in conversation with Your Public Radio Corporation's president, WYPR general manager and NPR board chairman, LaFontaine E. Oliver.

LaFontaine joined WYPR in 2019, bringing his broad experience in both commercial and public radio, and a perspective that is both local and national. In the years before coming to WYPR, he was the general manager of a station in Orlando, Florida, and WEAA, which is celebrating its 45th year as the voice of the community at Morgan State University.

We invite LaFontaine to join us a couple of times a year to discuss important developments at WYPR and across the media landscape. Today, he and Tom spend the hour talking about where WYPR's been the past 20 years, and where it's headed. They'll discuss the station's abiding commitment to the community, the recent acquisition of public radio music station WTMD-FM 89.7, its initiatives in pursuit of greater diversity, equity and inclusion, and Your Public Radio's agenda for the coming years.

And as always, we welcome your comments and questions...

LaFontaine Oliver joins Tom remotely from WYPR's Studio B.


As Tom mentioned during today's broadcast, a free, on-line panel discussion, titled Is the Supreme Court Still the Bastion of US Democracy? is taking place Wednesday night at 7pm, and it includes some panelists who have been guests here on Midday, including UB Law Professor Kim Wehle, political commentator Bill Kristol and Johns Hopkins professor William Egginton. The panel is being produced by Great Talk, an organization that presents discussions of current topics of interest, very similar to what we do here on Midday. For more information and to register for the free Zoom event, click here.

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