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FM Schedule Changes begin in July

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jun 16, 2016 12:33 PM

Effective July 9, 2016

New Weekend Schedule (changes in bold)


11:00am - Wait Wait Don't Tell Me

12:00pm - Dinner Party Download 

1:00pm - Radiolab

2:00pm - This American Life

3:00pm - Ted Radio Hour

4:00pm - On The Media

5:00pm - All Things Considered

6:00pm - The Moth Radio Hour

7:00pm - Snap Judgment

8:00pm - Ask Me Another


5:00am - To The Best of Our Knowledge

6:00am - Travel with Rick Steves

7:00am - On Being

8:00am - 10:00am - Weekend Edition Sunday

10:00am - Wait Wait Don't Tell Me

11:00am - Ask Me Another 

12:00pm - Car Talk

1:00pm - The Moth Radio Hour

2:00pm - Studio 360

3:00pm - Dinner Party Download

4:00pm - The Splendid Table


7:00pm - Smart Talk

8:00pm - Idea Exchange   

     Monday - Reveal

    Tuesday - Snap Judgment

    Wednesday -  WITF Presents

    Thursday - To The Best of Our Knowledge Hour 2

    Friday - Science Friday Hour 2

9:00pm - Fresh Air

10:00pm- 5:00am - BBC World Service

WITF 89.5 & 93.3 Full Schedule

About the Changes

WITF is introducing changes to our weekend schedule beginning July 9 to include some fresh voices, sound, ideas, and entertainment. We periodically make changes to our schedule to improve the service to you.  The modifications include three new programs, new times for some of your favorites, and two programs that will retire from our schedule. 

As listening habits continue to evolve, WITF monitors the schedule and we review market research to present the best public radio programs to you.  There are a variety of factors are used to determine schedule changes.  Some of these factors include: 

--A review of programs available for consideration on our schedule

--Reaction to programs vetted through the Community Advisory Board and WITF staff

--Feedback from listeners and our colleagues at other public radio stations

--Review market research to understand:

--Audience trends per program

--Audience flow from one show to another

--How long our audience is listening  to WITF

--Whether the program is consistent with the values of our mission

--Evaluate program costs

I can't wait for you to experience our new line-up on 89.5 & 93.3.  Our changes are a commitment to bringing you the best programs available for public radio.  Thank you for listening to WITF 89.5 & 93.3.

Dinner Party Download on Saturday at Noon, moving This American Life Later in the day

dinner party download

The Dinner Party Download is joining our line-up as a way to bridge the high-energy and entertainment of Car Talk and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me to the in-depth and delicately paced programs like Radiolab, This American Life, and Ted Radio Hour in the afternoon.  

The Dinner Party Download is the arts and leisure section of public radio. Hosted by Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, The Dinner Party Download gives listeners the edge to sparkling conversation at the next social gathering. Originally launched in 2008, the show has quickly become beloved by fans for its spontaneity, thoughtful interviews and exuberance.  The program provides great fodder for conversation...though no dinner party invitation is actually necessary. 

The program provides a recap of the week's news with a highlight on something you may have missed through the week, interviews with interesting people and celebrities, and even tips on etiquette.  It will surprise you with something new every week.

This American Life moves a little later in the day to 2:00pm.  It is surrounded by Radiolab and Ted Radio Hour which appeal to the same audience interests.  This move provides a stronger block of programs together which we know you will enjoy Saturday afternoons with longer- form conversations, stories, and drive-way moments. 

Adding the Moth Saturdays at 6:00pm (and Sundays at 1:00pm)

the moth radio hour

WITF will broadcast the Moth Radio Hour Saturday evenings at 6.  The Moth Radio Hour has become one of the most requested series. It has been produced by the Public Radio Exchange for about six years, and many of you have noticed it on stations across the country.  We're glad to finally have the room in the schedule to introduce it to Central PA.   

It is a full hour of surprising narratives. It's engaging true stories told in front of a live audience taped at Moth events across the country.  The stories range from serious to silly.    Moth Radio Hour is followed by a familiar favorite of Snap-Judgment. Snap-Judgement has been on WITF for many years and it fits well with the Moth Radio Hour as another radio series chock full of captivating stories. 

The Moth Radio Hour is added to our schedule where A Prairie Home Companion previously occupied.  While Moth Radio Hour won't provide weekly updates on the news from Lake Wobegon, the show will enthrall you with other amazing stories about interesting people from around the world. 

Why we're removing A Prairie Home Companion

A Prairie Home Companion has been a constant companion on WITF and many public radio stations for decades largely driven by the talented mind of Garrison Keillor.  Garrison is retiring this year with his last episode July 2.   With his departure, we're going to say farewell to A Prairie Home Companion

When Garrison announced his retirement last year, we took a long and hard look at the show.  Public radio programs aren't talent driven, but I think we can all safely agree that Garrison Keillor was the exception to that rule.  Garrison Keillor was A Prairie Home Companion.  Something will be missing while the show is in transition to the new host, so we are taking the opportunity to provide you programs like the Moth Radio Hour and Ask Me Another to engage and entertain you every weekend.     

Car Talk moves later on Sunday and Ask Me Another moves earlier

We are injecting new energy and some new voices into your Sunday.  Car Talk is moving to noon.   Wait Wait Don't Tell Me moves earlier to 10:00am. Between these two programs, will be Ask Me Another which we began broadcasting last summer on WITF.  Ask Me Another is what you get when you cross the puzzle segment from Weekend Edition Sunday and Car Talk and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.  It's a lively show hosted by Ophira Eisenberg and features house musician Jonathan Coulton. 

Ask Me Another is moving earlier on Sunday to give you the chance to put your skills to the test to solve

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word-puzzles and trivia.  Additionally, each episode features an interview with a VIP (that's Very Important Puzzlers -- notable actors, comedians, and authors whose identities are revealed via puzzle clues throughout the show), who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her.  Listeners have been craving Ask Me Another, and we're happy to present it earlier on Sundays adjacent to similar popular shows.   Be sure to check it out!

Travel with Rick Steves joins the line-up

Travel with Rick Steves is a weekly one-hour conversation about travel, cultures, people, and the things we find around the world that give life its extra sparkle. Rick Steves is the leading authority on travel to Europe, and is extending his interest to global topics.  Rick Steves is a familar face on WITF TV, we now welcome his weekly radio series to our line up Sundays at 6:00am replacing a repeat of Smart Talk.  Find more information about Travel with Rick Steves.

OnPoint is removed from the schedule
OnPoint will no longer broadcast weeknights 8:00pm to 10:00pm.  The program is produced between 10:00am and noon weekdays at the same time we broadcast The Diane Rehm Show.  Since we've added OnPoint, we have always broadcast the program on a delay in the evenings.  You can continue to hear the conversations from OnPoint at their website live or on-demand

The Classical Music Stream has been discontinued
WITF created the Classical webstream to provide a service for listeners who specifically wanted to continue hearing classical music after WITF's format change in 2012.  After thorough review, we have decided to discontinue this service due to very low usage of listeners.  The content acquisition costs and technical costs outweigh the benefit of providing a service online that is readily available from a number of other sources.   To continue hearing classical music, we suggest:
WRTI -  91.7FM or http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wrti/ppr/wrti.m3u
WETA - http://www.weta.org/listen-live
WQED - http://www.wqed.org/fm/wqed_fm_mp3.pls

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