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Making Radio

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Today we’re exploring how public radio works by hearing stories from some of the people who have really figured it out. Ira Glass will talk about how stories work and why natural sound doesn’t really matter. Terry Gross talks about the basics of doing an interview, and she tells the story of one conversation that went terribly wrong. We’ll also hear from Robert Krulwich and from Jad Abumrad of Radiolab on the importance of failure and how you stay relevant in a form that's been around for a very long time.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.