Dan Rodricks is Leaving WYPR’s Midday

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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:

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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  1. I have come to rely on Dan Rodericks and his excellent interviews which were so informative about what was happening locally, I will miss his insight on everything Baltimore. I can’t imagine a true replacement for Dan on Midday. While I will follow his blog and his Facebook page, listening to his commentary from 12-2 was my favorite way of keeping up with current events.

  2. Dan you will be missed. Wish you great and exciting new adventure in your career. Thank you for many hours of in depth, informative listening. I fan!

  3. Public TV and Radio are unfortunately following the same path as many institutions in our society, that is: Becoming infested by political insurgency. e.g., “Nova” on PBS is primarily sponsored by a ultra right wing Koch Brother whose business include polluting chemical companies also finance a 501c “Think Tank” whose soul purpose is to deny Climate Change and run not by a scientist but a former PR firm exec. In WYPR’s case, it is union busting and an increasingly right wing orientation that is at play with Rodricks.

  4. So sorry to see Rodricks gone. He is the reason I started listening to WYPR. All the other talk radio stations are trash….he was brilliant and I will miss listening to him.

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