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Diane Rehm says goodbye; Joshua Johnson says hello


After 40 years on the radio, Diane Rehm steps away; WAMU to debut new program, 1A, with Joshua Johnson

ORLANDO — Diane Rehm is stepping away from the microphone this week after more than 40 years on the air and just six months after her visit to Orlando.

Her last live show will be Friday, Dec. 23, so be sure to tune in to 90.7 WMFE at 10 a.m.

The following week, Dec. 26-30, will feature the best of The Diane Rehm Show, including some of her most memorable interviews and moments, as well as well wishes from colleagues and fans. Diane will be launching a podcast and we will keep you updated on its launch.

There are several ways that you can share your appreciation for Diane:

A new host and a new show will debut in 90.7 WMFE’s 10 a.m. to noon weekday time
slot on Monday, Jan. 2. Hosted by Joshua Johnson, 1A aspires to be the most important daily conversation about the issues of our time. The show will take a deep and unflinching look at America, bringing context and insight to stories unfolding across the country and the world. 1A will explore important issues such as policy, politics, and technology, while also delving into lighter subjects such as pop culture, sports and humor.

1A will maintain the core values that made Diane’s show treasured by millions – deep conversation about the thorniest issues of our times deli
vered with insight, intimacy, and personality. 1A builds on Diane’s legacy of civil dialogue and analysis, while engaging with audiences when and where they choose.

Host Joshua Johnson will be moving to Washington DC from San Francisco, where he hosted the “RocketFuel Radio” podcast, created and hosted “Truth be Told,” a national special series on race, and was a morning newscaster on KQED/San Francisco. Josh
ua has also produced, edited and anchored local newscasts during “All Things Considered” on NPR station WLRN/Miami. If you Google him, look for “Joshua Johnson radio” so you get the host of 1A, not the football quarterback of the same name.

Tune in to Intersection at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, when Johnson joins host Matthew Peddie to talk about the new show and to hear clips from Diane’s Orlando show.

We are excited to hear what you think as the program gets started in January. Send email to wmfe@wmfe.org, and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.