Blame the Media?

New Radio Show From WFDU FM Airs on XM Satellite Radio

Teaneck, NJ (June 9, 2006) — “Blame the Media?” airs on XM Satellite radio each Saturday and is produced by WFDU-FM in their studios on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, NJ.

The weekly 30-minute program has attracted a stellar roster of guests, underscoring the wide interest and professional concern inherent in the topic. Lou Dobbs, Bob Schieffer, Dave Marash, and Richard Reeves have been featured guests. Topics ranging from press coverage of the White House with Eric Boehlert, author of “Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush,” to the state of the American newspaper, the hazards of freelance foreign journalism to the portrayal of Opus Dei in “The Da Vinci Code.”

Carl Kraus, the general manager of WFDU FM, developed the program. “More than a year ago,” said Kraus, “we made the decision that the University should be involved in satellite radio programming, as it promises to revolutionize the broadcast industry.”

The WFDU FM team — host Bob Mann, technical producer Barry Sheffield, production engineer Michael DeBellis and Kraus — shared a keen interest in media topics as a result of being professional practitioners. “Blame the Media?” was the result. “Because,” said Mann, “sometimes the media deserve credit and sometimes blame – and sometimes they are just doing their job.” The show went into development in the fall of 2004 and debuted on XM Radio in January 2006.

Kraus sees “Blame the Media?” on XM Radio as an excellent way for the entire country to learn more about Fairleigh Dickinson University. The program airs on XM’s Channel 133 at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. WFDU FM broadcasts the show on Sunday mornings at 6:30 a.m.


WFDU FM 89.1 Mhz on the dial — is the radio voice of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Since 1971, WFDU FM has provided distinctive entertainment shows and prize-winning public affairs programming for the tri-state metro area from studios on the Metropolitan (Teaneck, NJ) Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

With a staff of more than 40 University students and alumni as well as seasoned community volunteers, the station broadcasts from the historic Armstrong Tower in Alpine, NJ. Veteran broadcasters professionally manage WFDU FM.

About XM Satellite Radio

XM Satellite Radio Inc. is headquartered in Washington, DC, and delivers its coast-to-coast, digital-quality service with more than 170 digital channels of music, news, talk, radio, sports, comedy and children's programming.

The XM signal is delivered by three of the most powerful satellites ever built, so driving from New York to Los Angeles, listeners never have to change their favorite channel. XM Satellite Radio is available as an integrated part of the factory audio system on more than 140 new cars in 2006.

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