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John Carroll signs on with WBUR

John Carroll, one of the sharpest media observers I know, has signed on as a commentator with WBUR Radio (90.9 FM). Here’s the press release from WBUR:

“Beat the Press” panelist John Carroll will beat a familiar path back to WBUR in the role of senior media analyst starting next week, announced Sam Fleming, managing director of News & Programming at Boston’s NPR news station.

Carroll, a regular WBUR commentator for more than 10 years prior to moving to WGBH-TV’s “Greater Boston” in the mid ’90s, will analyze electoral and print media during the presidential race, and following the election, he will dissect issues related to advertising, politics and culture.

“Our listeners have longed missed John’s wry observations about media and advertising, particularly commercial messages peddled by candidates of all persuasions in the midst of elections,” said Fleming. “We look forward to his return.”

In addition to serving as a regular panelist on WGBH-TV’s popular Friday night program “Beat the Press,” Carroll was the executive producer of WGBH-TV’s “Greater Boston” for five years. An assistant professor of Mass Communication at Boston University, Carroll has won numerous national and regional journalism awards, including the RTNDA’s Edward R. Murrow award for writing, the National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse award for press criticism, and multiple New England Emmys for commentary and news writing.

Over the past 20 years, the Xavier University alum has also written extensively on advertising and the media as a regular columnist for The Boston Globe and Adweek magazine. He also spent nearly two decades as a creative director and consultant in the advertising industry.

I’ve got a lot of respect for John, and I wish him well in his new venture.

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  1. Rick

    John is excellent on Beat the Press. So are you Dan.I actually Tivo it every week.

  2. Dan Kennedy

    Oh my God, Rick. Thank you.

  3. Tunder

    Dan, also a big fan of Beat the Press. I look forward to hearing more from John at WBUR. Do you have any idea of what shows/times he’ll be doing his commentary?

  4. sdeco

    My wife and I never miss Beat The Press , does this mean you’ll be on every week now Dan ?

  5. litger

    I am glad to see where John Carroll is still in the Public Broadcasting area. I have enjoyed his level, unbiased reporting on Beat the Press for years. He will be missed. While Dan does have a gift for conversation he is too far left for me to hear during this crazy political season. When will John be broadcasting at BUR radio? He is enough for me to restart my subscription to the radio station. Thanks for the up date on a fine journalist.

  6. Dan Kennedy

    Litger: John has been doing commentaries for WBUR for several weeks, but he doesn’t have a regular slot you can depend on. I hope that will change. You can listen to him online by clicking here.

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