Fred Vigeant is WITF's Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio. Fred manages the schedules for our radio and television platforms. He also analyzes audience research and manages the public affairs program Smart Talk. Previously, Fred was at WRVO in Oswego, NY for 12 years serving in various roles including Program Director and before that Operations Manager. Fred graduated from the State University of New York College at Oswego with a B.A. in Mass Communications and Broadcasting.
The hit history podcast series Throughlineis expanding to a weekly radio series heard on WITF Monday at 2:00pm beginning January 18.
NPR’s history show provides the story and perspectives often missing from history textbooks to help you understand events in the news and ideas dominating our national conversations today.
Through immersive and sound-rich storytelling, Throughlineexplains how the U.S. overthrew Iran’s democratic government and changed the world; the direct line between slave patrols and modern American policing; why American ‘democracy’ was designed to be unrepresentative, and more.
Throughline is hosted by Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei. Rund has worked at NPR since 2014. She helped launch How I Built This, Pop Culture Happy Hour, Code Switch, the NPR Politics Podcast, and TED Radio Hour, among other projects. She got her start in journalism covering local and domestic politics at the Washington Bureau of the BBC. Born in Iran, Arablouei emigrated to the U.S. with his family as a child. He graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and history.
“We want to bring history to life and make it feel urgent,” said Abdelfatah. “Throughlineis an auditory experience. With sound design and music we create a world that listeners can immerse themselves in.”
Throughline is the latest NPR podcast turned radio series following other popular series like Planet Money, Hidden Brain, How I Built This and Its Been a Minute among others that you can hear weekly on WITF.