Bill Kling

  • Music

    January 22, 2014

    89.3 the Current: An oral history

    DJs, local artists, and the music community muse about what makes the radio station so revolutionary

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Public Radio International bought by Boston's WGBH

    The Minneapolis-based Public Radio International (PRI) has been purchased by another titan of public media, WGBH in Boston.This means that the company now claims popular radio shows "This American Life" -- as well as a wealth of niche music offerings like "Afropop Worldwide," "The Record Shelf," Jon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Minnesota Public Radio Somali series wins national SPJ award

    MPRYuen's three-part series details the struggles of Somali immigrants in the Twin Cities.​Minnesota Public Radio just picked up a prestigious award for its in-depth coverage on the Somali community in Minneapolis. The Society of Professional Journalists announced yesterday that MPR's three-p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Bill Kling vs. KFAI: The paper trail

    Did MPR's lawyers try to sabotage KFAI's funding in the 1970s?​In 1973, a group of Minneapolis residents had an idea for a 10-watt radio station. Instead of hiring experienced radio personalities to read news or play classical music, they would open up the airwaves to other community members ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Bill Kling: The City Pages Q & A

    Kling built MPR from a small station in Collegeville, Minnesota.​Bill Kling has come a long way since he started what is now Minnesota Public Radio 45 years ago. He's now the outgoing CEO of one of the most financially sustainable and commercially successful radio empires in the country -- whi ... More >>

  • News

    June 1, 2011

    Bill Kling conquered Minnesota radio, but can he save NPR?

    Republicans suggest government can't afford nonprofit radio

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Jon McTaggart named MPR's new CEO, replacing Bill Kling

    Jon McTaggart has big shoes to fill.​American Public Media has opted to hire from the inside to replace Bill Kling, the only CEO the organization has ever known. Jon McTaggart, APMG's senior vice president and chief operating officer, will take over his new duties on July 1. The organization ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    MPR's Bill Kling stepping down

    Bill Kling's moving on​Bill Kling, the founder of Minnesota Public Radio and the only CEO it has known since 1966, says he's stepping down. Under his leadership, MPR grew into a behemoth of public broadcasting. It also spawned American Public Media, a production house that distributes a raft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Bill Kling retires: Live blogging

    ​Bill Kling, the only CEO Minnesota Public Radio has ever known, announced this morning he was retiring after building the largest public broadcast organization in the country. We wrote about it here, earlier. Kling was interviewed at noon by MPR's Gary Eichten. We live-blogged the interview ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    MPR vs. Met Council: train in vain

    The folks at MPR are raising a stink over the planned light rail route, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 26, 2008

    WCAL-FM advocates void MPR Current deal, return cash

    1367923.47.jpg The radio station advocates requested yesterday that the Rice County District Court declare the sale to MPR void and return the cash from the $10.5 million sale.

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Judge in WCAL case to AG's office: Shame on you!

    1367923.47.jpgCompensation for the sale of WCAL is yet uncertain, but this much is clear: The judge in the case thinks the sale stunk to high heaven.

  • News

    January 30, 2008

    The King and the Invader

    Two titans of local Spanish radio duke it out in court

  • News

    September 26, 2007

    Par's Parting Shot

    The ousted publisher goes out like a trust-fund punk

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2007

    Bill Kling: Oops, I did it again

    Bill Kling's American Public Media Group has reportedly offered more than $20 million to buy WGTS, a college-owned radio station in the D.C. area.

  • News

    June 13, 2007

    WCAL: A Trust Betrayed

    Nearly three years after St. Olaf sold its radio station to MPR for a pile of cash, it's a long way from living the decision down.

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2004
  • News

    February 20, 2002

    Radio Radio

    We search the airwaves for signs of intelligent life