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On the Media
Other names OTM
Genre News (media analysis)
Running time ca. 50 min.
Country  United States
Languages English
Home station WNYC
Syndicates NPR, WNYC
Hosts Brooke Gladstone
Bob Garfield
Editors Brooke Gladstone
Producers Katya Rogers
Megan Ryan
Mike Vuolo
Jamie York
Mark Phillips
Nazanin Rafsanjani
Exec. producers John Keefe
Recording studio New York City, New York
Air dates since 2001
Audio format Stereophonic
Opening theme Ben Allison, composer
Podcast Podcast

On the Media (OTM), is an hour-long weekly radio program hosted by Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone covering journalism. It is produced by WNYC, New York Public Radio. OTM is broadcast Saturday mornings in New York City, and syndicated nationwide through National Public Radio and other public radio outlets. The program is available by audio stream, MP3 download, and podcast as well.

On The Media explores how the media are changing, and their effects on America and the world. Many stories are centered on events of the previous week and how they were covered in the news. These often consist of interviews with reporters about the dilemmas they face in covering controversial issues.

Stories regularly cover such subjects as the use of video news releases, net neutrality, digital broadcast flags, media consolidation, censorship, freedom of the press, the influence of 24 hour cable news coverage, media oppression, and how the media are changing with technology. The show also exposes how the media are manipulated or spun by politicians, corporations, and interest groups with the specific intent to influence listener and reader perception. Another OTM feature covers the media use of terminology that engender biased points of view, and the use of hot-button issues and code words including Michael Moore, evangelical, islamofascist.[1]

On the Media won a 2004 Peabody Award for excellence. The judges wrote that On the Media "reminds us that the messenger is always part of the message and must be examined as such."[2]

"On the Media" is edited by Gladstone; when she is away, the show is edited by "committee".


  1. ^ Mike Pesca, editor (.MP3). Word Watch. [Audio]. On the Media. Retrieved 2007-03-04.  
  2. ^ "64th Annual Peabody Winners". Press release. 2005-04-07. Retrieved 2007-03-04.  

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