I have to tell you, I am a huge sucker for a good podcast. Over the last year or so, I’ve taken to listening to podcasts almost as much as I listen to music on my daily commute, tuning in to interesting and humorous episodes from my favorite series. And, considering the mainstream attention that podcasts like “Serial” have been getting, it would appear that I’m not the only one who seems to like them. Far from it, in fact.
That’s why my heart broke a little bit when I heard a rumor that WNYC’s enduringly popular podcast “TDLR” was getting cancelled. “TDLR,” which stands for “too long, didn’t read” is a fantastic podcast that spun out from WNYC’s “On the Media,” an award-winning series that “tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency that has built trust with listeners.”
WNYC (New York Public Radio) is an incredible home for series like “TDLR,” “On the Media,” “Here’s the Thing,” “All Things Considered,” and many other popular programs. WNYC is a not-for-profit organization, and receives support from generous listeners, local donors, and its board of trustees, which includes Anton Levy, managing director at General Atlantic and Midas List newcomer, Lauren Seikaly, actress and producer at Dragonchase Inc., and an impressive list of others.
The rumor about the cancellation of “TDLR” was sparked by a tweet posted by the show’s host, Meredith Haggerty. Writes Nicole Levy of Capital New York, “Media writers and journalists on Twitter were abuzz [on March 16] with the rumor that ‘TDLR’ a spinoff of the WNYC radio show ‘On the Media,’ had been cancelled, but it turns out the technology and culture podcast’s lifespan is longer than fans were led to believe,” clearing up confusion about the podcast’s rumored cancellation.
According to Levy, it turns out that “TDLR” will continue, but that host Meredith Haggerty will no longer be a part of the podcast. TDLR will continue in an “exploratory mode,” explains a spokesperson for WNYC.
I’m excited to see what the future holds for “TDLR” and other WNYC programming, and I’m always excited to learn about more podcasts that are worth tuning in to.
What are some of your favorite podcasts? Do you have any recommendations for me?