At the end of an interesting Los Angeles Magazine story about Madeleine Brand’s departure from KPCC comes some uplifting news: Brand may soon return to radio. As the mag explains:
She’s… in talks with KCRW to launch a program in the same 9 a.m. slot as [Alex] Cohen and [A] Martínez. “It will be just like The Madeleine Brand Show, but better,” she says with maybe a hint of something beyond enthusiasm in her voice. Because in the well-mannered world of public radio, those are fighting words.
The news isn’t such a shock – just weeks ago KCRW general manager Jennifer Ferro told the Los Angeles Times that the station had an eye on Brand. But for her to return in direct competition with the co-host that was the catalyst for her leaving KPCC, well, that would add an especially delicious chapter to the melodrama of the last few months.
*Update: KCRW wants us to know that while they are talking to Brand, that’s all they’re doing for now. From general manager Jennifer Ferro:
KCRW is definitely talking with the talented Madeleine Brand, but it’s too early to be picking time slots. Morning Becomes Eclectic is our signature music show and doing well beyond our expectations. Good things take time to develop and so we’re taking our time.