WGBH News and Media Relations


February 21, 2013

Braude and Eagan Debut on 89.7 WGBH’s Boston Public Radio Monday

McGrory, Baker, Rivers to appear on-air every week in ‘Open Mic’ segment
CNN’s John King to call in every Tuesday
BOSTON, Mass. (February 21, 2013) – Popular local commentators Jim Braude and Margery Eagan will debut on 89.7 WGBH as the new co-hosts of Boston Public Radio on Monday, February 25 at noon. Braude and Eagan joined the WGBH News team earlier this month. Braude and Eagan will lead two hours of local conversation that explores local topics from a variety of perspectives.
With the addition of Braude and Eagan, Boston Public Radio will launch a new daily segment. The 1pm ‘Open Mic’ segment will include weekly appearances from a variety of guests to discuss current events and debates that are shaping the news in Greater Boston and across the nation. Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III, a former gang member, Dorchester pastor, advocate for violence prevention and co-founder of the Boston Ten Point Coalition will be in-studio for the inaugural ‘Open Mic’ segment on Monday. Other confirmed ‘Open Mic’ guests include Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory and Charlie Baker, the 2010 Republican nominee for Massachusetts governor.
CNN’s chief national correspondent John King, a Dorchester native and graduate of the Boston Latin School, will call into the program every Tuesday during the noon hour. WGBH will announce additional guests and features in the coming weeks, including a schedule for the relaunched monthly, in-studio ‘Ask the Governor’ segment that Braude and Eagan hosted in their former roles at WTKK.
“Public broadcasting - and WGBH particularly - promotes and fosters meaningful, in-depth conversations about topical, local issues,” Braude said. “We are excited to be a part of WGBH and the talented team of journalists who have helped to build Boston Public Radio.”
“Working for WGBH is a dream come true. This station has made a commitment to local coverage, local voices and local commentary,” said Eagan. “Jim and I don’t always agree on issues, but we both agree that by joining the award-winning Boston Public Radio team, we have an opportunity to dig deeper on a larger variety of issues than ever before.”
Boston Public Radiowill continue to provide wall-to-wall coverage of the special U.S. Senate election. U.S. Representative Stephen Lynch (D) is scheduled to appear in studio during Monday’s broadcast. All other announced candidates will be on the program in the coming weeks and throughout the campaign season. Monday’s show will also feature a special report on the 85th Academy Awards with WGBH’s Jared Bowen, Boston television’s only full-time arts journalist, a 2013 Commonwealth Award honoree, and a regular contributor to Boston Public Radio.
Braude and Eagan will lead two hours of local conversation that combines newsmaker interviews, conversation with experts, and listener call-ins. Callie Crossley and Emily Rooney, both awarding-winning veteran journalists, will continue to contribute to WGBH’s local, daily public radio talk show. WGBH and Boston Public Radio will also continue to include regular contributors Kara Miller, Jared Bowen, and Edgar B. Herwick III.
For 13 years, Braude and Eagan co-hosted the Jim & Margery Show on WTKK 96.9FM. Braude, an Emmy-award winning journalist, started his career as a legal services lawyer in the South Bronx. Braude hosts Broadside: The News with Jim Braude weeknights on NECN. He founded and served as the first president of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, a union representing staff in civil legal offices for the poor in 35 states. He published Otherwise, a magazine on American politics, and served as a Cambridge City Councilor. Braude graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law.
Eagan, a columnist for the Boston Herald, grew up in Fall River, Mass. She is a graduate of Stanford University. Throughout her career, Eagan has written for a number of publications, including Boston Magazine. She has appeared on national and local news programs and is a regular guest on Greater Boston and Beat the Press on WGBH TV.
The re-formatted Boston Public Radio program reflects the continuing evolution of 89.7 and the growing WGBH News team, which draws significantly on the expertise of staff across radio, television and the Web. Boston Public Radio airs every weekday on 89.7 WGBH from noon-2pm and repeats every weekday evening from 9pm-11pm.
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