Since launching in November 2006, Think and host Krys Boyd have earned more than a dozen local, regional and national awards, including the 2012 Public Radio News Directors Inc. first place award for best call-in show, the 2016 Texas AP Broadcasters 2nd place award for local talk show, the 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow award for breaking news coverage and more. In addition to airing on KERA FM, Think also is among the most-downloaded local podcasts in the public radio system, receiving about 200,000 downloads each month – more than half of which come from listeners outside the state. In each of the past two years, Think has been invited to broadcast live from the NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Think led a national conversation after five Dallas police officers were gunned down on July 7, 2016. On the day after the shootings, Boyd hosted a two-hour special episode of Think that offered a thoughtful reflection on the tragedy and its aftermath. Public radio stations across the country broadcast the special episode, which featured insights from U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and other local leaders. In all, eight hours of Think were broadcast on stations across the country in the two weeks after the shootings.
During each episode of Think, listeners have the opportunity to call, email or tweet with questions or comments for the show’s guest. In expanding to new markets in Texas, Think will give hundreds of thousands more listeners the opportunity to join conversations with prominent figures from a wide variety of subjects. Previous guests include Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jane Goodall, Sen. John Cornyn, artist Frank Stella, author Malcolm Gladwell, actor Bryan Cranston and filmmaker Werner Herzog.
The expansion of Think represents an extension of the ongoing Texas Station Collaborative, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting-supported initiative that connects the newsrooms of the state’s four largest public radio stations: KERA in North Texas, KUT in Austin, Texas Public Radio in San Antonio and Houston Public Media. The collaborating stations worked together to launch Texas Standard in 2015. The daily newsmagazine, which airs Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. on KERA FM, provides a unique opportunity for participating stations to enhance coverage of Texas news and share local stories with audiences across the state. With the expansion of Think, more Texans will have access to compelling, in-depth interviews, in addition to the diverse collection of daily news stories provided by Texas Standard.
ABOUT KRYS BOYD
Krys Boyd has been host and managing editor of KERA FM’s flagship midday talk show Think since 2006, and hosted the weekly television program of the same name from 2007 until 2011.
A graduate of TCU’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication, Krys began her career as a journalist along the U.S./Mexico border and returned to North Texas in 1999 to serve as News Director for Broadcast.com, and later Senior Producer of Broadcast News at Yahoo. Krys joined KERA in 2001, hosting the nightly radio talk show Conversations. Later, she wrote and produced documentary and educational television programs, including the critically-acclaimed, nationally broadcast JFK: Breaking the News in 2003, and served as producer and co-host of the Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On The Record.
Think has been called the best radio talk show in Dallas numerous times by D Magazine and by the Dallas Observer and has earned honors as PRNDI’s best call-in program. Krys and her husband, Matt, live in Dallas and have four children.
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