National Public Radio Changes Name to ... NPR It's no longer just radio anymore By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jul 8, 2010 4:17 PM CDT 17 comments Comments NPR. It stands for ... NPR. (Flickr) (Newser) – The interwebs have killed National Public Radio! Sort of. The network has changed its name to NPR in low-key manner, reports the Washington Post. The reason: It's no longer just radio. "NPR is more modern, streamlined," says NPR's chief executive, likening the move to the Cable News Network's switch to CNN. No formal announcement has been made, but the company has asked affiliates to use only the initials on air or online.