Updated: In Light of Plummeting Ratings, KPFA Launches a New Morning Show

And thankfully, it’s sort of like the old one. Former Morning Show host Brian Edwards-Tiekert, who was reinstated at KPFA last year after a protracted battle with station management, will host the new “Up Front” news show alongside Sonali Kolhatkar, producer of another morning show, Uprising, at sister station KPFK in Los Angeles. Up Front was formally approved on Monday and launches tomorrow at 7 a.m., and, much like Edwards-Tiekert’s previous news program with Aimee Allison, it will feature local and state news coverage, interviews, and investigative reporting. According the Edwards-Tiekert and interim general manager Andrew Phillips, it’s designed to pick up some of the slack for metro newspapers, some of which have been forced to slash their editorial budgets. It’s being touted as the broadcast equivalent of a “news magazine.”

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