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NPR tunes in Slate bash

Microsoft execs, radio hosts party 'Day' and night

Big names were out in force Friday evening, but they were not the sort anyone would recognize in person at the fete celebrating the launch of “Day to Day,” the public radio program jointly produced by NPR and Microsoft’s online magazine Slate.

Program, NPR’s first new daily show in decades, is produced out of NPR West Coast headquarters in Culver City, where the event was held. In addition to local talent such as “Day by Day” host Alex Chadwick and executive producer J.J. Sutherland, Microsoft execs from Redmond and NPR toppers from Washington, D.C., flew out.

“We’ve been working on this for so long, it’s hard to remember how it even got started,” said Slate founding editor Michael Kinsley. “Once discussions began, though, the only question was: Did we have the tote bags to do it?”

Also in attendance were Slate’s L.A.-based scribe Mickey Kaus, its editor Jacob Weisberg, MSN’s Scott Moore, and NPR prexy-CEO Kevin Klose.