WPRO to Join Blogosphere

Talk radio station WPRO will be adding its own blogger to the local media mix. A press release from the station:

As part of News Talk 630 WPRO and 99.7FM’s efforts to be the leading source of online news in the Ocean State, the heritage Rhode Island radio station is launching a new blog on its website The blog will be called Plain Speak and will be authored by Bob Plain, a pioneering Rhode Island web journalist.


“I’m thrilled to be a member of WPRO’s digital newsroom,” said Plain. “I look forward to making Plain Speak and daily must-reads for anyone looking for news about Rhode Island. Plain Speak will mix breaking news coverage, investigative and enterprise reporting, content curation, multimedia and other visual journalism to provide the most comprehensive and innovative place on the web for news and information about Rhode Island.  “I’ll be creating some of the best, most relevant and most interesting journalism in the region,” Plain said. “And I’ll be doing so in a way that will allow me to post stories quickly, continuously and in a variety of media – written, oral and visual.” “We have a tremendous opportunity here at WPRO to not only be the best Internet news destination in Rhode Island, but also to help create a template for how news will be consumed for the rest of the 21st Century and beyond,” he said. “I’m tremendously excited about both the opportunity and the possibilities.”


"Bob is a great addition to the award winning news department of 630 WPRO and", said Barbara Haynes Market Manager of Citadel Broadcasting.” Bob’s investigative and enterprising reporting will bring keen awareness of critical issues affecting Rhode Islanders and will be delivered to our audience on air, on-line and on demand."


Before joining WPRO’s digital newsroom, Plain was the editor of East Greenwich Patch, one of the most successful sites in AOL’s nation-wide network of hyper local news websites. He was one of the founders of My02818, Rhode Island’s first all-online local news websites. My02818 was purchased by Patch in 2010, and Plain helped to lead the transition. He is also a veteran print reporter who has worked for daily newspapers all over the country, including stints in Oregon,  Wyoming and Vermont.


“Bob’s extensive experience in digital reporting along with his intense desire to change the way news is delivered and received will no doubt benefit all of Rhode Island,” said Paul Giammarco Program Director for WPRO.

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