THE THINK TANK
Think Tank breaks down changes in how news is reported
Longtime Phoenix-area journalists reflect on their careers and changes in journalism over the last several decades:
• Mary Jo West was the first female news anchor (1976) in Phoenix.
• Al Macias is the just-retired news director at KJZZ radio, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix.
• Bill Andres was a longtime television reporter and radio personality in Phoenix.
This crack team of experienced news professionals consider:
• How has news changed? What has been the impact of the advent of the arrival of CNN in 1980 and 24-hour news cycles that CNN produced? What about the internet?
• How has the proliferation of opinion-based programming changed the news?
• Do reporters ever get pressured to conform to their station’s sensibilities?
The Think Tank airs on KTAR 92.3 FM on Saturday 6-7 p.m. and Sunday 9-10 p.m.
Podcasts are available after broadcast. Older shows are archived at www.mikeoneil.org.