We've been asking for feedback at mpr.org for a few weeks. Here's what one listener said: "Please, please make an effort to devote at least an hour each day to news that is NOT politics.
"Talk to artists, scientists, writers, business people, cooks, etc., that are passionate about their work! Talk to everyday people who are doing amazing work in their communities. Make this a program about the great tapestry of Minnesota."
@Adam We have to keep em all or we wouldn't have enough phone lines open. Only 2 people would be able to be on the line at once.
Tristan on Facebook said, "Find some better intro music. Those horns are grating on the nerves."
Ed note: Program director Steve Nelson is leading the hunt for a new theme and music beds for the show. Send us ideas. Share em here.
@Pelirrojo11 - It's a great comment - I will be manning the 20/40 newscasts and we're looking for ways to integrate them in ways that keep the flow. Our hope is to NOT have that rhythm-breaker you noted.
From an listener email that arri8ved earlier this week. Tom, can you respond?
"I have always thought that MPR was missing someone who can give a smart update on the local sports scene and the business of sports. I am thinking about someone who is a cross between Aaron Gleeman, Nate Silver, Chuck Klosterman and Paul Huttner. Instead of just giving last night's score, maybe offering up how many wins the Gopher BBall team needs to make the NCAA, or how the new collective bargaining agreement affected Love's contract offer or how Prince Fielder's signing in Detroit affects the Twins need to get Mauer and Morneau healthy or why Minneapolis wants to upgrade the Target Center by 2020 due to the Wolves lease expiring. I know there is a glut of sports talk in this market, but there is a need for an MPR-style analysis on-air and blog."
@Stephanie Curtis, MPR News Yes, I do anticipate my range will anticipate exactly what that email seeks: A smart look at sports, when warranted. I agree w/ the listener's email and hope to accomplish some of that in the new show
@jasper We're experimenting with some new things. I've heard good feedback and some suggestions for guests. We'll see where it goes.
@thatmags Our hope is to be just as in-depth as before, but with a more conversational vibe. We feel we can add elements beyond the traditional 'one host, one guest' format that will *add* to the discussion, not distract from it.
From an earlier email:
"More science, and in depth science, all sciences. Regular features with scientists working at institutions in the state would be very welcome. Ditto, more art, literature, and culture. In depth and breadth. More history to wit, put current events in a long-view historical context. Less repetition. Less repetition."
We hear you loud and clear! At the moment--I'm reading books about physics, astrophysics and the social science of introverts. You can count on a lot more science.
Jenzi, on FB also hopes for more science, and she likes the Friday roundtable and would like to hear more about MN history. A great idea, Jenzi. She also asks 'that you please at least keep the 11 AM hour of the Daily Circuit very similar to the way Midday was, with much of the focus on politics and public policy (especially with a local slant).'
Oh--the comparison to the Komen contro hurts, Jasper. I've heard from several dozen listeners--via email and Twitter--that they like it. And, Jasper--what are we all doing here if not taking a few risks?? I appreciate the feedback, tho. Keep it comin'.
From an earlier email: "I believe you should capitalize on the availability of the folks at the current and bring music in more, bumper music, live music, all the above."
@Ian -- Kerri will maintain her role as host during our in-depth segments; we'll have one in-depth segment each hour. I will present news updates throughout the hour (which we do now), and also original reporting. For example, you might hear a story from me about topic X, where I've gone out and gathered field sound, et al -- and that leads into a larger discussion about topic X.
You're right on. We're working on a bi-weekly segment with Current folks about the music they're listening to. Expect to hear them more often on The Daily Circuit.
@Andy - we've bantered about the pun potential. While we hope to have a more conversational tone, we also don't want to sound goofy. Ideas are welcome, of course.
@Jasper At the moment, the plan is for you to sign up for one Daily Circuit podcast that will arrive as three one-hour segments a day.
So glad you like the focus on medicine and social issues, books & music. Not going away. More, more, more.
From an earlier email:
"I really enjoy Kerri Millers Book Club - hearing authors speak. I would like to hear more stuff like this…… till want to see/hear author visits, books reviews, etc. I have read some outstading books that Kerri has recommended that I might not of otherwise even heard about!! Kerri does an AMAZING job, and I look forward to hearing more from Tom."
Richard Schuster on FB would like more stories w/ an international theme (I agree!) and he writes "Personally I don't care for the book club." - Richard, on this one... the book club is staying!
Daily Circuit Books- going to be great. I'll make a weekly book pick and we'll have an individual web page where book-lovers can interact among themselves.
@Wanda Holmgren - thanks for the comment. We intend to maintain our dedication to political coverage, but we also want to capture exactly what you wrote. Let's branch out and discuss other topics, too.
@Jasper We'll work on that. I hear you. I get so frustrated with Fresh Air and other programs that I listen to on podcasts don't keep their text descriptions up to date. It makes me feel they don't take podcasting seriously.
Good point on where we're putting the longer and shorter segments. I think we'll be calling our "deeper dives" on subjects--"In Depth"--so you'll know when you hear that that it's a 35-45 minute segment. But--you;re right. More details on that needed. thanks.
Jasper: I'd love to meet you in person. Excellent questions. I think we'll hear from our audience--we'll look at listenership and membership--and yes, another live chat is coming after we launch. And: You can never listen to too much radio!
From an earlier email:
"Vocabulary word of the day would be fun...origin, a little history, used in a sentence(s), variety of languages ....share with two people.
"Song of the day.....all types...again, a little history, type, take offs. Humorous story from the audience.
"Keep the in depth news and information - you are the best station in our area for quality programs, but three hours will be a challenge that you will help you design a great format. Follow your intuition and heart - be bold."
I like this comment from an earlier email: "Follow your intuition and heart - be bold."