Finger Lakes Public Radio 89.5 WEOS now brings listeners a new, two-hour weekday talk show. 1A, hosted by Joshua Johnson, airs weekdays at 10:00 a.m. to Noon and will be one of the most important daily conversations about the issues of our time. 1A – a name reminiscent of a newspaper front page, as well as the First Amendment – will take a fresh and deep look at America, bringing diverse insights and new perspectives to stories unfolding across the country and the world.
1A builds on public radio’s legacy of civil dialogue and analysis, exploring important issues such as policy, politics, education, race and environment, as well as lighter subjects such as pop culture, sports, and humor. Broadcasting out of America’s capital, 1A acs as a national mirror, taking time to help our country look at itself and to ask what it wants to be. Audience participation will be an important part of every program, using a range of social media and telephone calls to encourage dialogue. 1A replaces On Point in the 10 a.m. to Noon time slot. On Point is available as an NPR podcast and can be found on iTunes, GooglePlay, and Stitcher.
Joshua Johnson is a breakout public media star, most recently creator and host of the provocative nationwide public radio series, Truth Be Told, which explored race in America. “My professional passions have always centered on creativity, exploration and service,” Johnson notes. "This moment in history demands these attributes of us. It's a chance to tell stories more creatively, to explore ideas beyond our own, and to refocus on serving others.”
Johnson began his career helping to launch a unique partnership between Miami’s NPR station, WLRN, and The Miami Herald. He served for over five years as morning news host for KQED in San Francisco, where he became one of the station’s stars. Johnson was born and raised in West Palm Beach and has a passion for lifelong learning. The son of a public school teacher (mother) and a Vietnam veteran (father), he says that his parents instilled in him the values of love, learning, and service. Johnson has a natural affinity for working across media platforms. He teaches podcasting at the University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism and frequently moderates public discussions, including a recent series on equity in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists.