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Clocks: A Producer's Eye View

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This is NPR's diagram of the new 'Morning Edition' broadcast clock that member stations like VPR rely on.

Keen-eared public radio listeners noticed that Morning Edition sounded a little different today. NPR made behind-the-scenes changes to what we, in radio, call the "broadcast clock." Broadcasters are somewhat obsessed with time; adding and subtracting seconds in order to make a broadcast time out just perfectly is part of the rhythm of radio.

We asked our Deputy News Director and Morning Edition producer Melody Bodette and our Programming Director Franny Bastian to explain how they blend together VPR news and NPR news to give you one complete broadcast of Morning Edition.

Patti is an integral part of VPR's news effort and part of the team that created Vermont Edition. As executive producer, Patti supervises the team that puts Vermont Edition on the air every day, working with producers to select and research show ideas, select guests and develop the sound and tone of the program.
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