WGBH News and Media Relations


December 5, 2013

Innovation Hub Goes National

SiriusXM to air WGBH Radio program nationally starting Saturday
Public Radio International to offer program to stations beginning Spring 2014
BOSTON, Mass. (December 5, 2013)– WGBH’s Innovation Hub with Kara Miller, a weekly, hour-long radio program that focuses on big ideas and emerging technologies, will be distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) nationally starting this weekend. SiriusXM will broadcast the program on Saturday evenings starting December 7 at 10pm EST (7pm PST)on SiriusXM Public Radio, XM channel 121 and Sirius channel 205 with Sirius Premier via satellite, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphone, other connected devices and online at siriusxm.com
Next spring, PRI – which already distributes Innovation Hub digitally, including in its podcast library and streaming offerings – will begin offering the program to public radio stations across the country.
“Innovation Hub is a program that grew out of Boston’s love of big ideas. The show has sought to highlight game-changing thinkers and leaders, from Sal Khan to Jared Diamond to Marissa Mayer. I’m excited to invite listeners across the country into conversations about the forces that will shape our future,” Miller said.
Produced and broadcast in Brighton by WGBH Radio, Innovation Hub has quickly built a loyal following over the air and as a podcast. The Innovation Hub podcast has more than 500,000 followers on SoundCloud and has recorded a 500 percent increase in monthly listens in just nine months.
The creation of Innovation Hub coincided with 89.7 WGBH’s shift to news and analysis in 2011. Since WGBH made that shift, both of Boston’s public radio stations – WGBH and WBUR – have grown their market share. With both stations growing, Boston now has the second largest public radio market share in the United States, behind only Washington, D.C.
“Kara has built a wonderful show and a loyal fan base. Innovation Hub represents the best of public radio: timely, engaging, in-depth discussions with the most influential thinkers. This is an exciting development for WGBH Radio,” said WGBH Radio General Manager Phil Redo.
“So often, we think of innovation as being distinctly technology-focused. Innovation Hub shows how innovation is found all around us, from music to business models to educational approaches. We are excited to add this essential perspective to PRI’s portfolio of programs, and look forward to seeing its success,” said Melinda Ward, Chief Content Officer of PRI.
In preparation for a national broadcast, WGBH and Innovation Hub have made additional investments to cover current events and modern culture through a lens of innovation. Last month, WGBH News announced that 89.7’s midday anchor Cristina Quinn will begin reporting full time focusing on innovation. She will report locally for WGBH News and contribute to Innovation Hub’s national broadcast.
As she takes her show national, Kara Miller will continue to work with the local WGBH News team and appear regularly on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, WGBH’s Morning Edition with Bob Seay and WGBH 2’s Greater Boston/Beat the Press.
Innovation Hub airs Saturday mornings at 10am on 89.7 WGBH. It re-airs every Thursday night at 9pm alongside Radiolab and TED Radio Hour as part of WGBH Radio’s “Thursday Night of Big Ideas” programming block.
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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