NPR dumps opera show over DC protest

By Brett Zongker

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Oct. 21 2011 4:55 p.m. MDT

WASHINGTON — NPR is ending its agreement with a North Carolina classical music station for distribution of the show "World of Opera" because its host helped organize a Washington protest.

Radio station WDAV announced late Friday that it will begin distributing the radio program on its own beginning Nov. 11.

WDAV says Lisa Simeone will continue hosting the show and that the listeners' experience won't be changed. Simeone is a freelance host who was fired Wednesday from another program she hosted that airs on about 35 NPR affiliates because she helped organize an anti-war demonstration that also protests Wall Street.

"World of Opera" is carried by about 60 U.S. public radio stations. WDAV says it's the only radio show in the nation devoted to broadcasting full-length operas from around the world.

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