The NPR-distributed show has fired Christopher O’Riley, its host for two decades.
Why? No reason given.
In a message to listeners, whom it addresses top-down as ‘fans’, FTT says this is how it’s gonna be.
Gretchen Nielsen, the axe-woman in charge, cannot begin to see how patronising she is being. Read this:
Below is a press release we released earlier this morning regarding Christopher O’Riley’s contract. This is a big change, and we welcome you to submit questions or feedback at [email protected], or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/fromthetopfans.
All of us at From the Top
From the Top announced today that the organization will not be renewing host Christopher O’Riley’s contract for the 2018–2019 season. O’Riley, who has hosted From the Top for nearly 20 years, made his last recording on June 5, 2018.
“Chris has been dedicated to From the Top’s mission from the beginning,” said Gretchen Nielsen, Executive Director of From the Top. “We are grateful for his commitment to showcasing outstanding young musicians, and for the impact he’s made on America’s musical landscape. We wish him all the best with his future projects.”…
“As From the Top enters its third decade, we are thrilled to be working with talented alumni as guest hosts and co-hosts,” said Nielsen. “These new voices and perspectives will help us expand our efforts to support and showcase America’s best young artists, inspiring audiences on public radio and beyond.”
Thank you for your support and for being a listener.