New radio commentaries

KCRW, the National Public Radio powerhouse based in Santa Monica, invited me to join its lineup of weekly commentators. "LA Observed" airs at 4:44 pm on Fridays during NPR's news program "All Things Considered." In four minutes 'll try to illuminate something going on in the media culture or politics of Los Angeles, sometimes taken from the week's news at LA Observed.com.

My debut commentary today involves the departure of more than fifty reporters, editors and photographers from the Los Angeles Times newsroom — and what that means for the city, the paper and the departing journalists.

I call the KCRW relationship an experiment because it's a first regular weekly spot for me and the first tie-in of that sort for LA Observed. The website will continue to report on KCRW as we always have, and I've been assured by general manager Ruth Seymour that she has no intention of influencing what we report on the blogs. She also promises a hands off approach to the weekly radio spots — so long as I don't drop an f-bomb on the tape, of course.

The first one was fun, so we'll see how it goes. Tune in to KCRW at 89.9 FM on Fridays, listen to the audio at kcrw.com or subscribe to the LA Observed spots on iTunes — and let me know what you think.