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Radio Networks Lay Out Convention Plans

Here’s how NPR, CBS and NBC will staff it

Broadcast organizations are laying out their coverage plans for the major party political conventions.

NPR News plans to provide nightly specials from the convention halls in Tampa (Republicans) and Charlotte (Democrats), on Aug. 27–30 and Sept. 4–6 respectively.

Live specials will be hosted by national desk correspondent Jennifer Ludden and air 8 to 11 p.m. ET, or as events dictate.

Working the conventions for NPR will be senior Washington editor Ron Elving and national political correspondent Mara Liasson; national desk correspondent Debbie Elliott and reporters Jeff Brady and Sonari Glinton; and White House correspondents Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley, reporting from the Romney and Obama campaigns.Convention news, interviews and analysis will air on NPR newsmagazines and talk programs. “All Things Considered” hosts Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish will report from on-site.

Correspondents Greg Allen, Cheryl Corley and Ted Robbins will provide convention coverage for “ATC” and “Morning Edition.” will carry original reports, live blogging and special series. Bloggers are Mark Memmott, Eyder Peralta, Liz Halloran and Alan Greenblatt.Lead blogger Frank James and elections editor Neal Carruth will contribute. NPR reporting is aggregated at its “Election 2012” hub.

Separately, Dial Global announced CBS Radio News’ plans for coverage from the conventions.

On-air talent include Howard Arenstein, Pam Coulter, Peter King, Dan Raviv, Peter Maer, Andrew Mollenbeck, Brian Montopoli and Profs. Dotty Lynch and Leonard Steinhorn. CBS promised social media and online streaming coverage, including e on Facebook and Twitter.

The CBS Radio News iPhone app will offer “uninterrupted, gavel-to-gavel” feeds.

Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News,” will lead NBC News Radio’s convention coverage. In conjunction with Dial Global, announced plans have live coverage of the Republican convention, 10–11 p.m., Aug. 28–30. Its Democratic convention plans work around a football game on Sept. 5, when there will be no convention coverage. Sept. 4 and Sept. 6 will have two-hour nightly live coverage, 9–11 p.m.

MSNBC will have live and continuous coverage beginning at 7 p.m., Aug. 27–30 (RNC) and Sept. 4–6 (DNC).

NBC News Radio will produce a daily one-minute featurette, “NBC News Convention Minute,” from David Gregory, host of “Meet the Press,” Aug. 27–31 (RNC) and Sept. 4–7 (DNC). NBC News Radio correspondents Bob Constantini and Matt DelSignore will be providing on-the-scene reports and segments for affiliates.

Radio World will report on other networks’ plans as they are released. The Republican convention starts Monday. The Democrats take their turn starting Sept. 4.