WBUR Launches New & Improved Web Site

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

(Boston) – WBUR debuted a completely re-designed and upgraded web site on July 27, aimed at converting the best of public radio to the online experience.

“We are very excited to introduce a refocused and re-energized web site,” said Paul A. La Camera, general manager of WBUR, 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR news station. “The new wbur.org launches with a new mission: To be a premier destination for the timeliest news of the day from Boston, the nation and the world — news with the unrivaled depth and perspective that are the hallmarks of NPR and of public radio stations like WBUR.

Under the direction of John Davidow, executive editor of WBUR.org, the revamped site offers visitors opportunities to track the day’s most popular local, national and international stories as they occur, obtain live market updates, share their comments, engage other members of the WBUR community in dialogue, explore story archives or listen to a live audio stream, all with navigational ease and without leaving the WBUR web site.

“This launch ushers in a new era of WBUR online,” said Davidow. “It doubles our capacity to the deliver the news with the same substance and context that our audience has come to expect from NPR and WBUR, but with the immediacy and rich, multi-media tools that the web offers.”

Robin A. Lubbock, who directs the station’s New Media Department, and whose team built the site, including many custom-designed features, added: “You’d be amazed at the number and breadth of stories that public radio covers. You can dig into the site by topic, by program, by most-viewed stories, or by reporter. It delivers a lot more news and it offer users new and easier ways to find it.”

To review the new website, visit www.wbur.org.

About WBUR
One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, WBUR, 90.9 FM, 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,” “Only a Game,” “On Point,” 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 three prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards in the 2007 Radio-Television News Director Association’s (RTNDA) annual national electronic journalism competition.