Jim Russell, the creator of the general public radio enterprise information program “Market” in 1989, has died in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
He was 76.
Russell envisioned “Market” as a enterprise information present that might attraction to a mass viewers, not simply executives and buyers, and he produced it in California, away from the standard New York enterprise journalism heart.
At the moment, the “Market” broadcast portfolio is heard by greater than 12 million listeners every week on greater than 800 public radio stations nationwide. For context, that’s greater than 5 occasions the viewers of the highest 5 cable TV information reveals mixed. “Market” additionally reaches greater than 2 million throughout its podcast and digital platforms.
After serving as an anchor for Washington, D.C.’s first all-news radio station and as a battle correspondent for UPI in Vietnam and Cambodia, Russell was one of many first three reporters employed by Nationwide Public Radio. At NPR, he went on to supply “All Issues Thought-about” and helped to create “Morning Version.”
Within the Eighties, Russell moved to tv as station director of the general public tv station in Minneapolis/St. Paul, the place he led his employees to turn into among the many most prolific program producers in public tv, garnering greater than 200 honors and citations in a decade, together with an Emmy.
In 1989, Russell went to California to create and government produce the each day public radio enterprise program “Market.” In the course of the first eight years, “Market” quadrupled its viewers and variety of stations, reaching greater than 3 million listeners weekly in america and all through the world.
He was additionally considered one of public broadcasting’s premiere expertise scouts, chargeable for bringing a number of the best-known public radio expertise to the business. Amongst these he recruited and/or employed are Susan Stamberg, Robert Siegel, Scott Simon, Robert Krulwich, Carl Kasell, David Brancaccio, David Brown, Noah Adams and composer/performer B.J. Leiderman.
Russell received each main award in broadcast journalism, together with two Ohio State Awards for documentaries and two Nationwide Headliner Awards, and he shared two DuPont Columbia Awards and a Peabody Award.
In recent times, he ran a consulting enterprise in North Carolina aimed toward serving to broadcast reveals.