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Ask Me About | Richard Eiswerth

President/General Manager/CEO, Cincinnati Public Radio

by Elizabeth Miller Wood

ASK ME ABOUT: Breaking ground in August for the new WVXU/WGUC studios near Xavier University.

HOW WILL THE NEW STUDIOS ADVANCE THE MEDIA AND COMMUNITY CAPABILITIES OF WVXU/WGUC? Our new facility is designed to facilitate an expanded production capability for both news/public affairs efforts and live music productions. New, larger studios will allow us to generate more interviews, news coverage, and enterprise reporting. Our state-of-the-art performance studio and gathering space will feature student, professional, and amateur musicians as well as political debates, lectures, mobile art installations, and public meetings. A new podcast booth will be available for public use free of charge.

HOW WAS THE LOCATION IN EVANSTON SELECTED? We sought a location in a vibrant, diverse neighborhood, one where Cincinnati Public Radio could create a vibrant, dynamic presence. We have a close relationship with Xavier University, since WVXU was once owned by XU. We hope this location will expand our internship partnership with the university as well as allow us to better tap the wealth of knowledge, talent, and expertise among the faculty.

WHAT ROLE DOES PUBLIC RADIO PLAY IN THE CINCINNATI COMMUNITY? Cincinnati Public Radio is the trusted independent source of journalism, music, and culture, empowering a vibrant, engaged, and informed community. We measure success not only in terms of financial support generated by our community or of audience size and composition, but by advancing the vibrancy, civic literacy, and musical tradition, appreciation, and diversity of the Cincinnati region.

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