Dan Rodricks is leaving as host of Midday on WYPR, the public radio station announced on Thursday. Rodricks’ tenure on the noon-2 p.m. show will end Oct. 2.
The longtime journalist will be focusing on his Baltimore Sun column and new roles at the paper (including a new blog) ahead of the trials of Baltimore police officers in the Freddie Gray case and the 2016 mayoral election, among other local news events in the coming months. He’s been covering those topics on Midday, as well as conducting interviews with local and national politicians and hosting regular segments on media, film, culture and business. Here’s what Rodricks said in an e-mail sent to WYPR listeners:
“I’ve had a very rewarding run at WYPR and thank the station for the experience. I’ve met so many smart and interesting people in this job – brilliant scholars in our community, authors from all over the world, everyday Marylanders with extraordinary stories. I’ll always be appreciative of the help I had from my producers and from WYPR listeners, who have been great – very supportive as well as challenging with their questions and comments. With the crush of news expected in the coming year, I will devote all my attention to my column at The Baltimore Sun and to some expanding responsibilities there.”
WYPR General Manager Tony Brandon said Rodricks “elevated the discussion of community events to a very high level, and WYPR and our audience will miss his thoughtful and scholarly discussions.”
The news drew this reaction from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake:
I'm sad to see @DanRodricks end an outstanding run. I genuinely enjoyed our on-air discussions and look forward to your future endeavors!
— Stephanie (SRB) (@MayorSRB) September 17, 2015
For the wider opinion on Rodricks, look no further than City Paper’s Best of Baltimore issue, which happens to be out this week. As Brandon Weigel points out, Rodricks was named “Best Incompetence” in the issue and second-best local journalist in the readers’ poll.
Internally, Rodricks was one of two voters contested by WYPR management when station workers attempted to organize a union last year. Management argued that Rodricks and Maryland Morning host Sheilah Kast are supervisors, and therefore weren’t eligible to take part in the union.
The station said it will announce plans for the future of Midday in the coming weeks.
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