WBUR-FM to Exclusively Broadcast "Marketplace" Locally

Contact: Colin Riley, 617-353-2240 | criley@bu.edu

(Boston) – “Marketplace,” American Public Media’s very popular weekday business and finance program, will air exclusively throughout Greater Boston, the Cape and the Islands on WBUR 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR news station, starting October 1, announced Sam Fleming, WBUR’s managing director of News & Programming.

Hosted by Kai Ryssdal, “Marketplace” puts a human face on economic trends, giving personal context to some of the more topical business issues. Produced in Los Angeles in association with the University of Southern California, the award-winning, afternoon business and economics news magazine airs live locally at 6:30 p.m.

“’Marketplace’ is an outstanding program with a substantial, devoted audience,” said Fleming. “We’re proud to be the sole, local source of this innovative presentation of business news and commentary.”

“Marketplace,” which premiered in 1989, is heard by over four million unique listeners daily on more than 330 public radio stations nationwide. The only daily national business news program originating from the West Coast, “Marketplace” and its sister show, “Marketplace Morning Report,” draw more listeners each week than CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” CNBC’s “Business Center” and Louis Rukeyser’s “Wall Street.”

One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, WBUR is owned and operated by Boston University and is a member of National Public Radio. WBUR also broadcasts a selection of BBC programs and locally produced programs such as “Here & Now,” “On Point,” “Only a Game,” and “Car Talk.” WBUR has won more than 100 major awards for its news coverage, including several George Foster Peabody Awards, the Associated Press News Station of the year for 2003-05, and recently, three prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards in the 2007 Radio-Television News Director Association’s (RTNDA) annual national electronic journalism competition.