This Sunday KUSP debuts a new program, “True Fiction.” Our hosts and producers are Santa Cruz Sentinel arts writer Wallace Baine, and Richard Stockton, writer, comedian, and man-about-town. Richard created “The Planet Cruz Comedy Hour” for KUSP (you can find all the episodes on our web site here). Their new adventure in radio will be heard on KUSP every Sunday at 7:30 PM.
“True Fiction” is a 30-minute weekly program consisting of what the producers term “authentic lies,” as told by Monterey Bay area writers and performers. The program has been in development by the KUSP programming team for most of a year. Back in May our arts reporter, Kirby Scudder, interviewed Wallace and Richard about the program as its developmental stage was winding up. This link will take you to the audio of that interview.
A change in format for “Talk of the Bay” will make room for the new show. The new 30-minute TOTB format will have more of a “magazine” structure, with somewhat shorter pieces rather than the one or two extended studio interviews we’d had in recent years. We’ll invest more of our resources into stories about local and state politics/government – a principal mission of TOTB, but not one we have delivered on with high quality and consistency in the past few years.
Sean Rameswaram will take over as producer of the program and will be joined by multiple contributors from the KUSP volunteer and paid staff. The magazine structure of TOTB should also lend itself more readily to access through kusp.org – on the web site, you’ll be able to select specific stories you’re interested in and have time to hear, and we’ll be working to make Internet access easy and quick.
Big thanks go out to the many volunteers who have worked hard on the various iterations of Talk of the Bay since it first aired in 1996… in particular Rick Kleffel and Kelly O’Brien, who have been helming the show for the past year.
We’re hoping for improved audience service both over-the-air and on-line with the new TOTB format — and we’re interested in your feedback about it, and “True Fiction,” once we get started!
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