CULVER CITY, Calif. â Fifteen minutes before âMorning Editionâ is beamed to radios across the country, Renee Montagne is ready to record her one-minute introduction. To cue her, the director points his index finger. âGood morning. It was the presidentâs turn to court Latino voters...â
Renee Montagne of NPRâs âMorning Editionâ arrives to work at midnight Pacific time. And sheâs off. Here in the soundproof studio, though, âGood nightâ seems like the more appropriate greeting. It is only 1:45 a.m.
NPRâs âMorning Editionâ has one of the most peculiar formats of any morning show on radio or television: itâs split between the East Coast, with the co-host Steve Inskeep in Washington, and the West, with Ms. Montagne. The director cues Ms. Montagne through a videoconferencing system, and the co-hosts routinely add what they call âsplitsâ to their scripts, so that they share the responsibility for introductions and interviews. âWe are functionally sitting next to one another,â Ms. Montagne said, yet by staying on separate coasts, they are reflecting the audienceâs geographic diversity.
The format is working for âMorning Edition,â the highest-rated news program on radio... (read more at the NY Times article).