From the Archives
It's amazing what you find when you move. Recently, the PRNDI Office (such as it is) moved from my former home in Sturgis, SD to my newly-purchased home in Rapid City, SD (just about 30 miles down the road). In the process of cleaning out and getting ready to move, I ran across a folder that a long-time PRNDI member had sent to me awhile back. I hadn't taken the time to look through it, and now am sorry I didn't do it sooner.
In this folder are PRNDI (and before that PRNDA) newsletters and conference progams dating back a number of years. In fact, the folder even includes the very FIRST newsletter the organization put out. At the time (July of 1986), PRNDI was PRNDA (Public Radio News Directors Association) and the newsletter was called "ADVISORY: NOT FOR BROADCAST." In that first volume, the newsletter editor - Michelle Peterson, News Director at KLON in Long Beach, CA - spelled out the purpose of the newsletter, "This publication will be used to share ideas and discuss issues releated specifically to public radio news and those confronting all journalists."
After reading just a few articles, I decided we should share some of the information contained in these old newsletters (and possibly even some of the decriptions of conference sessions in the old conference programs) on our website and in our current e-newsletter.
So, here it is - "From the Archives - PRNDI's history in snippets." I hope you enjoy this look at some of our history as much as I am.
Christine Paige Diers, PRNDI Business Manager