We've Moved

Friday, August 31, 2012 - 06:41 AM

Some of you might have questions about The Takeaway, namely “where are you?” In brief, we’ve moved.

For some it makes no difference, but for others it will. That depends on where you are in the country and when you listen.

From September 3, we’ll be on the air for an hour long program with a new kick off time at 9 a.m. ET. The show remains a daily program – Monday to Friday — an ongoing conversation with you and John Hockenberry.

Why the change? In part it’s driven by a desire to reach new parts of the country and attract new listeners. And in part, the economics of producing four hours of live radio every day.

The time change won’t make any difference to what we set out to achieve with The Takeaway — a place for you to tell your story, an open invitation to weigh in make yourself heard on any number of debates, and a space for curious minds.

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Sean H from Boston

Two things: I listened to The Takeaway on my drive to work at 9:00. Suddenly it was gone. I had to do some searching to find it had only shifted two hours, but those are two vital hours. I don't drive to work at 11:00am. I'm at work, and often can't listen. I do get the podcasts.

But the largest and most hurtful change was Celeste Hedlee's departure. I had no idea what happened, I figured she was on vacation or something. The pair of you were magic. One of you... well, is pretty good, I won't deny... but you were stronger as a pair. I looked forward to the repartee every morning. Now I have neither the show at drive-time (for me) nor the quirky and fun repartee. The stories are still good, but it's now a bit one-sided for me.

I don't know what happened, but I believe you shot yourself in the foot.

Mar. 01 2013 09:12 AM
Randal from manchester, Michigan

Celeste Headlee's paean to Sparky Anderson upon his passing is, IMHO, one of radio journalism's gems -- delivered during a Takeaway broadcasts. Worthy of a Pulitzer in one of their categories. Beautifully touching and personal. It made culture and sport come together in a humanistic way -- way beyond "fandom." So strange that her departure was not explained at all.

Oct. 25 2012 01:48 PM
B inner ring suburb from the D

I miss Celeste Headlee

Sep. 25 2012 11:36 PM
Haden from Manhattan

As with other regular listeners, I was sorry to learn about Celeste Headlee's abrupt departure and found it a bit jarring. As good as John Hockenberry is, I think Celeste's presence was a huge boost to the show. I knew they disagreed at times and are two very different personalities, but for me those creative differences made the show even better than it had been.

Sep. 19 2012 11:17 AM
David Whitaker from Eastpointe, MI

It would have been nice to hear a goodbye on air that explained Celeste's departure. I thought John and her had a great rapport. Guess I was wrong. I hope she lands on her feet elsewhere at NPR and I will still listen to Mr. Hockenberry because he is one of the finest minds in journalism. We deserved a little more on this change.

Sep. 14 2012 11:12 PM
Erin from Brooklyn, NY

I am also chiming in here with my disappointment of the changes. I have been listening to the Takeaway on WNYC since it went on the air and have found it to be an indispensable source of news and in-depth conversation that I have started my day with every weekday. The Takeaway is so engaging and iterative in the way news stories and the surrounding conversations evolve. It's really more in line with how we consume and interact with information today on the internet and, I think, a good contender for replacing Morning Edition. It's a loss for many listeners to limit this show as it is now. However, I am grateful that I can still get to hear it for the 9am hour. I hope that someday it can return to how it once was.

Sep. 12 2012 09:07 PM
mray from brooklyn

It really isn't the same without Celeste Headlee! I know I wrote before -- can she come back? I hope she finds work right away. "You" have really taken too much away from The Takeway : ( !!!!

Sep. 12 2012 09:17 AM
rick from Manhattan

It was strange the way Celeste Headlee suddenly disappeared from the program. No explanation, nothing. She and John Hockenberry seemed to balance well.I did notice that both John and Celeste were not hosting the program on multiple days over the summer. I thought it was for vacation but maybe not. I don't like the 9:00 am time slot. It is not particularly convenient for me and I think a two hour show rather than a one hour show would be much better.

Sep. 11 2012 10:46 PM
juanita driggs from Atlanta, Ga.

Expect this to happen now many NPR stations that would "clear" you at 6 or 7 am will no longer be able to do so at 9am. Atlanta example: Suddenly gone from WCLK 91.9 FM, Jazz Of the City, at 6am with no known explanation; suddenly gone from WABE 90.1 HD Channel 2, in the 7am hour, again with no known explanation. Figured out for myself where Celeste landed when I tuned to the PBS Knowledge channel a couple of weeks ago.

Sep. 10 2012 03:22 PM
matt in brooklyn

Economics is one thing but you shouldn't be making listeners conduct internet searches to try and find out what happened to their morning radio show. I'm disappointed by the changes--who needs the banility of cokie roberts on both AM and FM?--but appalled by the lack of notice and explanation by WNYC.

Sep. 10 2012 11:05 AM
Cara from Astoria NY

As a listener since the start of the program I am so disappointed about the recent Takeaway changes. I loved Celeste Headlee. She was clear, calm, empathic and intelligent during her discussions and interviews! I'm sorry there was not much preparation for her listener/supporters!

Sep. 07 2012 03:08 PM
Paul Kettunen from Detroit

Apparently Celeste Headlee is no longer on the program, for unknown reasons. I think you owe it to your listeners to explain the reason behind this sudden departure. This is a huge loss for the program. Please respond asap.

Sep. 07 2012 09:37 AM
Greg in Jersey City from Jersey City

So disappointed to find these many changes to my favorite morning show by far. The thing with radio that often irks me as a devout listener, is the frequently surreptitious methods used to change, often giving the listener, who has welcomed these personalities into their rituals and lives, no time to process or "say farewell" it was a bad harbinger with Celeste's abrupt departure. Now, with the rug pulled out from beneath us yet again, we must scramble to remap our radio terrain

Sep. 06 2012 07:14 AM
meg from NJ

So disappointed with the change! Mornings are just not the same without John
Hockenberry's lively discussions with interesting guests - and his always intelligent take on the day's news.

Sep. 05 2012 09:42 PM
mray from brooklyn, ny

Very sad about the change. I miss Celeste Headlee very much!!!!!!
It was a change due to economics? Thank you Celeste for all your intelligence and humor and energy.

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Sep. 05 2012 09:30 AM
carey from Brooklyn, NY

So sad. I looked forward to The Takeaway every morning. Since most of us have to be at work by 9 I guess we'll just have to miss it now.

Sep. 05 2012 08:08 AM
Christy from KCMO

I will miss the show as I will no longer be able to listen in the mornings. This show was THE reason I continued to subscribe to XM radio. I will have to reconsider since the internet will be my only connection now.

Sep. 04 2012 04:39 PM
hudson from Raleigh, NC

Great. Now I have BOB Edwards all morning. And then BOB at night. Oh, wait, BOB on the weekend... Any decent news and discussion like the Takeaway has been pushed aside by BOB. There is just nothing to listen to now. Way to go.

Sep. 04 2012 01:19 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Takeaway done got took a way... suffering succotash

Sep. 04 2012 10:41 AM
Kathy from Brooklyn

I was away and didn't learn of the changes until driving to work this morning. I already listen to Morning Edition from 6-8 am on workdays and now need to look for something else for the commute. So sad! I'll really miss the show.

Sep. 04 2012 09:48 AM
Cat from Brooklyn

I've really counted on The Takeaway to get pertinent and interesting news in the mornings, so I have to say I feel disappointed about the time change--I don't understand how those of us who work during usual day hours can listen at 9AM. It will only happen for me now on holidays/days off. Bummer ! But I'm also confused where did Celeate go?! I can't seem to get any information and I'm finding it frustrating as a loyal listener I sort of feel like I'm not been given the full or at least an explanation. Please fill us in.

Sep. 01 2012 12:45 AM
anon4utu from Upper Westside, Manhattan, NYC

I am disappointed by the change, economics aside. John and Celeste were a nice balance and definitely did not allow loose or polemical thoughts of those interviewed to go unremarked and challenged.

The show in its old format was zippy; Morning Edition, which is fine, was much more staid (sort of like the BBC of 20 years ago).

I will continue to listen to John, though missing Celeste.

Now, on the positive side, vis WNYC, I will have five straight hours of interesting and informative talk radio and news.

Aug. 31 2012 03:17 PM

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