Board approves format change for witf

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Jun 1, 2012 2:36 PM

(Harrisburg) -- The Board of Directors for witf has unanimously approved the proposed FM format change for the station. Beginning June 25th, central Pennsylvania's public radio station will add several NPR programs, such as Talk of the Nation and the Diane Rehm Show, as well as the BBC World Service. Classical music programming will be eliminated, but witf has added a 24/7 classical music online stream on its website. In addition, a new Arts and Culture Desk will be overseen by Cary Burkett and Joe Ulrich. They will produce profiles, interviews, and segments about personalities, events, and issues in the world of music, visual arts, theatre, museums and literature.

Kathleen Pavelko, witf's President and CEO, says the change will allow a single-format for listeners as well as an opportunity to increase public service to central Pennsylvania. "It's not a decision we make lightly, but we are certain it will provide better coverage of our region, including of the arts and cultural community," Pavelko says. "While we are certain this is the right course for our audiences and our organization, it is with sadness that we mark the end of our classical music programming. We know our classical listeners will have other ways to hear the music they love, and our expanded news format will bring new content to our audiences. But while it is the right course, we will be saying goodbye to a cherished part of our service that dates back to 1971," she says.

 witf's Tim Lambert talks with Pavelko about the format change: 


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All-news and information format begins Monday, June 25, 2012)

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