A Lively Experiment announces Jim Hummel as New Moderator
Launching Its 30th Season, A Lively Experiment Announces New Moderator and Format
Changes on Rhode Island PBS Begin Friday, September 23, 2016
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (September 14, 2016) - Launching its 30th season as the flagship political affairs program on WSBE Rhode Island PBS, A Lively Experiment announces today that Jim Hummel will be the show's new moderator. A Lively Experiment will also introduce a modified format. The changes begin Friday, September 23, 2016. You can watch A Lively Experiment Sundays at 6:30am on The CW Providence.
"We are excited to have Jim as the program's new host," said WSBE President David W. Piccerelli. "Jim's award-winning background in investigative reporting and his inquisitive nature will stimulate lively debate and thought provoking conversation."
The show's freshened format will now include two to four panelists discussing local politics. New to the format will be introduction of a pre-produced interview or story package featuring content to be discussed by the panel.
"I'm excited to be an integral part in the next chapter of A Lively Experiment's nearly 30-year history," Mr. Hummel said. "Our team will continue to produce a must-see weekly premier political affairs program and, with the new format, more in-depth discussions to build on what makes Lively so unique."
"We have found that our viewers want the show's focus to be on Rhode Island politics and stories," said WSBE Executive Producer David Marseglia. "The changes we are implementing will favor a broader range of local stories over national ones, giving viewers more of what they want to see. We believe the new format will benefit from Jim's deep-rooted understanding of the Rhode Island political landscape," Mr. Marseglia added.
Jim Hummel is executive director and senior investigator of The Hummel Report. Known for his WLNE-TV/ABC6 You Paid for It segments, Mr. Hummel spent 13 years as chief reporter for ABC6, and 13 years at The Providence Journal. In his career, Mr. Hummel earned the Radio and Television News Directors Association's prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting.
Mr. Piccerelli also recognized outgoing moderator Dyana Koelsch in his remarks. "We sincerely thank Dyana for her role in guiding the show for the past five years. We appreciate her time and effort, and the professionalism and experience she brought to the show each week. We look forward to her continued insight and expertise as a guest on the panel."
"I have enjoyed being part of A Lively Experiment and look forward to returning as a panelist," said Ms. Koelsch. "The show has a proud history of informing and creating uncensored dialogue around the important issues impacting our state - something that is critically important given today's economic and political climate." Ms. Koelsch's final show as regular moderator is Friday, September 16.
Jim Hummel is only the fourth permanent moderator in the show's 29-year history. Radio broadcaster Steve Kass moderated the show from 1987 until 2005, when he accepted a position in then-Governor Donald Carcieri's administration. James Hagan, former president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, moderated the show from 2006 until Dyana Koelsch took over in 2011.
A Lively Experiment airs on WSBE Rhode Island PBS (36.1) Fridays at 7 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 7 p.m. on WSBE Learn (36.2), and Sundays at noon on WSBE Rhode Island PBS. Plus, watch it on The CW Providence Sundays at 6:30am.