We were notified yesterday that NPR will be eliminating staff recognition messages at the end of Morning Edition. I’m sure you’ve heard these through the years–various producers, writers, researches, editors who work behind the scenes receiving thanks at the end of each program.
This may seem like a trivial change to you or it may feel like an erosion of something meaningful. From the post: “… a decision has been reached to end all forms of on-air thank yous because research says it’s a turn-off and, in the end, all forms of thank yous are never enough.”
If you go to the link I’ve provided, you can see the full message from Morning Edition producer Jim Wildman (whose name you will not hear again)…and, you can weigh in on the conversation with other listeners around the country.
One thing I know for sure: you can never say “thank you” too many times to those who make your work possible–listeners, readers, colleagues.
Do those “thank yous” belong on the air?