Two well-known personalities at non-comm Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ WLRN Radio have left the building. News Director Dan Grech and anchor/reporter Phil Latzman left the National Public Radio affiliate this month. GM John Labonia declined to comment to the Sun-Sentinel on the departures.
Grech, former Miami Herald reporter, oversaw a news partnership between the radio station and the newspaper. In recent years, he had become a public face for the station, attending local and national news conferences, including PBS’ annual convention in May in Miami Beach, where he spoke about the importance of local news coverage and a sense of community. He led a group of reporters and editors both online and on air for The Herald and WLRN, which have had a partnership since 2003.
Listeners may best recognize Latzman as the local voice during NPR’s “Morning Edition.” Before joining the station, Latzman served as a sports reporter for crosstown WIOD and WINZ, where he helmed an evening sports-talk program as well as Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat broadcasts.
WLRN is the only NPR affiliate in the market.