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MPR: New program to replace 'Midmorning,' 'Midday'

ST. PAUL The answer to what's taking the place of Minnesota Public Radio's "Midday" has been revealed. MPR announced this morning that it is launching the "Daily Circuit," a new show hosted by Kerri Miller, who will be joined by education reporte...

ST. PAUL

The answer to what's taking the place of Minnesota Public Radio's "Midday" has been revealed. MPR announced this morning that it is launching the "Daily Circuit," a new show hosted by Kerri Miller, who will be joined by education reporter Tom Weber.

Starting Feb. 21, the "Daily Circuit" will air 9 a.m.-noon weekdays replacing "Midmorning" and "Midday."

Miller said on MPR this morning that the new show will include "a lot more books, politics, culture, science" and bring "a sense of urgency to the news of the day."

Tim Roesler, MPR's senior vice president and general manager, said the "Daily Circuit" will also provide more opportunities for listener participation with Stephanie Curtis contributing to the show as its social media and online editor.

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"The overall sense for the show is that we'll be able to maintain the best parts of 'Midmorning' and 'Midday,' and that is the ability to go in depth when we need to with a news maker whether it be a politician or an arts person or an author," Roesler said. "And yet we want to be flexible enough to roll faster with the news whether it's local or national."

The final hour of the former "Midday" slot (noon-1 p.m.) will be filled with "MPR Presents," featuring speeches and documentaries.

Longtime "Midday" host Gary Eichten retired from MPR on Friday after spending more than 40 years with the station. Until today, the powers that be have remained tightlipped on the changes in store post-Eichten.

Miller joined MPR in 2004 to host "Midmorning." Before that, she was a political reporter for KARE-TV, Channel 11. Weber, an education reporter, arrived at MPR in 2008 and before that was a morning news anchor and reporter for St. Louis Public Radio.

Until the "Daily Circuit" debuts, MPR will have guest hosts filling in on "Midday."

It was also announced last week that Eichten will host a series of conversations at the Fitzgerald Theater called the "Political Condition."

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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