DNAinfo and Gothamist Are Back, Thanks to Public Radio

24 February, 2018, 10:15 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
  • DNAinfo and Gothamist Are Back, Thanks to Public Radio

Almost four months after their billionaire owner shut them down, local news sites Gothamist, LAist and DCist will come back to life under new ownership: public radio stations.

New York Public Radio may not make billions like Ricketts' businesses, but it's still got a nice nest egg. The station has approached Chicago's WBEZ about acquiring Chicagoist's assets, according to WBEZ spokesperson Betsy Berger.

Investing in DCist will help the station's "radio journalism team become more fully multiplatform", he said. Two anonymous donors have provided funds for the deal, though the amount hasn't been disclosed. "That resonates with us at WNYC, where we are committed to telling stories rooted in NY and that matter to New Yorkers.

That resonates with us at WNYC, where we are committed to telling stories rooted in New York and that matter to New Yorkers", New York Public Radio president and CEO Laura Walker said.

"WAMU connects Washingtonians with each other and the world, and DCist will enhance our coverage of the region and expand our digital reach", said JJ Yore, general manager of WAMU in a statement on WAMU's site.




Gothamist covered New York City for about 10 years before it was shut down along with DNAinfo after reporters there voted to unionize.

WNYC will acquire Gothamist and its social media properties, while LAist will be run by Pasadena, Calif. -based KPCC, and WAMU in Washington will manage DCist. "It will strengthen our ability to provide Angelenos with high quality journalism on a variety of platforms". Without going into details of the transaction, he said each public radio station had some "skin in the game".

"At the end of the day, a business, and businesses, need to be economically successful if they are to endure", Ricketts wrote in a memo posted to the websites at the time.

The stations said the acquisition was a "result of a competitive process". WNYC broadcasts on 93.9 FM and AM 820 to listeners in NY and the tri-state area, and is available to audiences everywhere atWNYC.org, the WNYC app and through major digital radio services, all made possible through the generous support of our members, donors and sponsors.

Old media saving new media-what a way to end the week.

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