On-Air Highlights

Show mixes ideas and storytelling

Written by witf.org, | Jan 14, 2014 5:19 PM

With the departure of “The Story” in mid-November, witf FM changed its 2 p.m. weekday programming. One of the shows is a new program called “TED Radio Hour.” It gained fast popularity in 2013, and now more than 450 stations broadcast “TED Radio Hour” weekly.

Guy Raz hosts “TED Radio Hour.” He previously hosted “All Things Considered,” primarily on the weekends, and was a correspondent in various areas for NPR and CNN.


If you haven’t heard the show, you’re probably scratching your head wondering: “Who is this Ted anyway?” Ted actually should be displayed as TED since it is an acronym for Technology Entertainment and Design. It was originally conceived as a three-day conference for invited guests, entrepreneurs and academics. In the 1990s, it grew with more than 100 speakers talking about their expertise over four or five days. Talks are taped and collected on www.ted.com for everyone to hear and view.

How does this translate into a radio show? “Think of it as a storytelling show about ideas,” Raz has explained. “We’re trying to do what was done in the golden age of radio with adult university-education courses through the radio, but trying not to be boring.”

The premise of each show is to find and examine an underlying theme. Raz cited a recent episode on “success.” “Initially you might think we would feature speakers who are indeed successful, and instead the show features a speaker discussing how the term is filled with meanings that are sometimes meaningless,” Raz said. “Another speaker explains how success is hard to define, and how it’s being redefined.”

Listeners can catch “TED Radio Hour” at 2 p.m. Wednesdays or 6 a.m. Saturdays on witf.

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