WGBH News and Media Relations


December 12, 2013


Mayor-elect Walsh to Host Monthly ‘Ask the Mayor’ Segment on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio
Walsh to appear in studio each month with Braude and Eagan; Will answer constituent calls
BOSTON, Mass. (December 12, 2013) – Boston Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh appeared earlier today on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to discuss his transition. Before concluding the interview, Walsh announced that he will join Braude and Eagan in studio each month and take calls from Boston residents and others across the region.
“As Boston welcomes its first new mayor in more than 20 years, we are excited to facilitate a conversation between Mayor-elect Walsh and the people who live, work and play in Boston,” said WGBH Radio General Manager Phil Redo. “Only public media can make this kind of substantive, thorough and ongoing commitment to local conversations.”
To bring listeners and constituents closer to the conversation about the region’s most important city, WGBH News will live stream video from Mayor-elect Walsh’s appearances on WGBHnews.org. Listeners can also submit questions to Boston Public Radio on Facebook and on Twitter, using #AskMarty.
‘Ask the Mayor’ is a natural expansion of Boston Public Radio’s ‘Ask the…’ segment, which brings local officials and political leaders into the studio to talk directly with listeners. In addition to the Mayor-elect’s regular appearances, Braude and Eagan will continue to welcome Governor Deval Patrick into the studio each month.
WGBH News continues to grow and expand its commitment to substantive, locally-focused coverage and analysis. Since the start of 2013, WGBH News has added a number of reporters and content producers, created public radio’s first dedicated higher education desk and helped expand the reach of public radio across New England. Boston is uniquely served by two strong public news radio stations which combined earn the second-largest market share for public radio in the United States, behind only Washington.
The first ‘Ask the Mayor’ segment will be announced after the New Year.
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