WYPR announced plans for the future of its Midday program in the wake of the news that Dan Rodricks is leaving the public radio program.
Sheilah Kast, who currently hosts Maryland Morning, will take over Midday hosting duties on Oct. 5. The new program will be an hour long. Tom Hall, who currently co-hosts Maryland Morning, will take over sole duties on the morning show.
Kast and Hall started on Maryland Morning in 2006. Before public radio, she worked as a newspaper reporter, and correspondent in TV news.
“I am excited about the opportunity to take the conversations I’ve been having about Maryland news and public affairs to a new level and looking forward to engaging listeners directly,” Kast said in a statement.
Rodricks is set to leave the local NPR affiliate on Oct. 2 to focus more on his duties as Baltimore Sun columnist, and take on additional roles at the paper.
Kast and Rodricks represented two of the votes contested by WYPR management in an employee vote to unionize last year. Management argued that Rodricks and Kast were supervisors, and therefore weren’t eligible to take part in the union vote.
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