BBC Newshour, Latino U.S.A., Political Junkie part of weekday schedule changes in April
On April 4, Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) introduced changes to its weekday schedule, including the addition of BBC World Service’s Newshour on WPR’s News & Classical Music stations and three new programs on WPR’s Ideas Network stations.
According to Michael Arnold, WPR’s associate director and director of content, the changes build on the station’s commitment to providing listeners the best journalism available while introducing them to some of the best new programs in public radio. “We hope these changes will help listeners discover something they’ve never heard before and allow some of our most popular programs to be available to as many people as possible,” Arnold said.
Weekday afternoons on WPR’s News & Classical Music stations will see the addition of the BBC’s Newshour program to the already strong schedule of NPR and WPR news. The live, global news program will air from 3 to 4 p.m. followed by NPR’s All Things Considered from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The 6:30 p.m. Marketplace broadcast — and the remainder of the schedule — remains unchanged. WPR will also include additional five-minute hourly news updates from NPR throughout the day.
“We’re excited to offer listeners additional perspectives on national and international news with the BBC’s Newshour,” noted Arnold. “Their global coverage is the perfect complement to the award-winning national and state coverage listeners already enjoy from NPR and WPR.”
On WPR’s Ideas Network stations, listeners will benefit from an additional hour of the statewide news and culture program Central Time, which will now end at 7 p.m. each weekday. At 7 p.m. WPR will offer a different hour-long program each night of the week, including: the investigative news program Reveal on Mondays, NPR’s news and culture program Latino U.S.A. on Tuesdays, the quirky storytelling show Snap Judgment on Wednesdays, the live storytelling sensation The Moth Radio Hour on Thursdays, and Ken Rudin’s weekly wrapup of politics, Political Junkie, on Fridays.
The CBC’s As It Happens will continue to air at 8 p.m. and q, which currently airs at 7 p.m., will move to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. At 9 p.m. on Fridays, listeners will hear the best arts, culture and food of the week on The Dinner Party Download. WPR’s To the Best of Our Knowledge moves from 6 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Snap Judgment will remain as a repeat, on Fridays at 10 p.m. (See the schedule grid below for details.)
“On the Ideas Network, we saw an opportunity to introduce some new shows and voices to our listeners in the early evening,” Arnold said. “We think listeners will like the mix of news and culture programs we’re trying out at 7 p.m. and, as always, we hope listeners will let us know what they think of the changes,” he concluded.
More information about the changes, including information about the new shows, can be found on wpr.org.
WPR’s new statewide schedules include:
NEWS & CLASSICAL MUSIC STATIONS
Monday – Fridays:
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
BBC World Service’s Newshour
4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
NPR’s All Things Considered
6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
IDEAS NETWORK STATIONS
Monday – Fridays:
3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Latino U.S.A.
Wednesday: Snap Judgment
Thursday: The Moth Radio Hour
Friday: Political Junkie
8:00 – 9:00 p.m
As it Happens
9:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday: q
Friday: The Dinner Party Download
10:00 – 11:00 p.m
Monday – Thursday:
To the Best of Our Knowledge
Friday: Snap Judgment (repeat)
About Wisconsin Public Radio
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