Veteran journalist Bill Nigut, who currently serves as executive producer and co-host of GPB’s nightly television program On the Story, will expand the program to radio as the host of a new weekly show set to launch this summer on Atlanta’s WRAS 88.5 FM. GPB announced on May 6 that it will make its debut on the Atlanta radio airwaves this June through a programming partnership with the Georgia State University (GSU) station.
Nigut has been a fixture in the Atlanta area for 31 years through his work in broadcasting and involvement with community organizations, and he will continue to serve as the television co-host with Bobbie Battista. Former CNN supervising producer Eric Burns has been tapped to take over the day-to-day leadership of the television program. Burns will also oversee the show’s online presence, and grow the web component of On the Story’s multi-platform initiative.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have found a home at GPB and On the Story,” says Nigut. “I’ve had a wonderful opportunity to create a television show that engages smart people in conversations about the issues that make an impact on our state, and to give exposure to so many areas of our lives that don’t get much media attention: arts & culture, technology & innovation, business and agriculture and more. Now, I’m looking forward to expanding this concept to radio, where I started my media career.”
As the host of the new On the Story radio program, Nigut is expanding a rich career portfolio that includes serving as the chief political reporter for Atlanta’s WSB-TV for 20 years. He also hosted the former weekly GPB program Georgia Week in Review from 1996-2002. Nigut is the past Southeast Regional Director for the Anti-Defamation League, where his accomplishments include launching “No Place for Hate,” an anti-bullying initiative now operating in more than 100 metro Atlanta schools. In addition, he served as the founder, President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition (MAACC).
"Bill has done a wonderful job with the launch of On the Story for television, and we are excited to have a journalist of his caliber and credibility host the radio program as we strive to provide an all-news and information public radio schedule not currently available to Atlantans,” says GPB President and CEO Teya Ryan.
GPB Radio and Georgia State will share the broadcast schedule on WRAS, with GPB offering public radio programming on WRAS daily from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. From 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., and 24/7 on WRAS digital, the station will continue to be programmed by Georgia State students.
The partnership calls for GPB’s programming schedule to be dedicated to news and information. In addition to On the Story and the new program being hosted by NPR journalist Celeste Headlee that was announced May 12, GPB’s other offerings will include a mix of nationally produced programs from public radio providers, including National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI) and American Public Media (APM).
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