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New FM Schedule July 1

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jun 23, 2017 3:25 PM

It has become customary that we fine-tune the radio schedule through the summer months.  This July will be no exception.  There are several reasons for changes. These programming and schedule changes are intended to present the very best public radio programs to you. 

There are a variety of factors that are used to determine schedule changes.  Some of these factors include:  A review of programs available for inclusion on our schedule; reaction to programs vetted through the volunteer Community Advisory Board and WITF staff; feedback from listeners and our colleagues at other public radio stations; analysis of market research for audience trends; and program costs.  Here are the highlights of upcoming changes.

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A Prairie Home Companion is returning to the schedule.  You will be able to enjoy this revamped variety show every Saturday night on WITF at 6pm with an encore broadcast on Sundays at noon.  As you may recall, we stopped airing the program following the retirement of founder and long-time host Garrison Keillor.  Since then, the show has found second life and a growing audience with a new host. Chris Thile has transformed A Prairie Home Companion with new recurring segments and an updated take on a few of the old familiar pieces.  Chris will begin his second season as host this October. In the meantime, you'll be hearing episodes from his first season on WITF beginning July 1.

The Best of Car Talk moves to Sunday for its final few weeks. Yes, you heard right. We're counting down with the final few weeks of The Best of Car Talk.  WITF will continue to dive into the Car Talk archives with Tom and Ray through early fall 2017 with the final episode broadcasting on October 1.    The show's producers will continue to make archive episodes available for download as a podcast starting that same month.  Car Talk has been a major part of WITF's schedule and with public radio stations nationally,  and the show will dearly be missed.   Their infectious laughter will be difficult to replace, but all good things must end and we will carry on.  Beginning in July, Car Talk moves to Sunday at 10am and continues through September.   A new program from NPR will replace the series and will be unveiled in October. 

Our new Saturday late-morning line-up will now feature Wait... Wait... Don't Tell Me at 10am- the spot previously occupied by Tom and Ray.  This will be followed by NPR's other popular game-show Ask Me Another (previously 11am Sundays). 

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Last year, WITF introduced you to The Moth Radio Hour with great fanfare.  The program found its way onto the schedule when A Prairie Home Companion was removed.  Fans of The Moth Radio Hour shouldn't worry though.  With A Prairie Home Companion's return, that doesn't mean The Moth Radio Hour is going away.  You'll find the show Sunday mornings at 11am (previously Ask Me Another) right before the encore broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion

Last but not least, we will now present the entire two-hour broadcast of Science Friday live.  Previously, we aired the first hour of Science Friday live with the second hour on a tape-delay later in the evening.  Now, the program will air live in its entirety from 1pm to 3pm bumping Fresh Air from its 3pm timeslot.  Fresh Air will continue broadcasting Monday through Thursday at 3pm, including a repeat broadcast Monday through Friday at 10pm.  Why the change?  Science Friday is a live show driven by listeners calling in.  It's timely and far more engaging when it's set in real-time.  We want our listeners to be able to participate while the show is happening instead of hearing it after the fact.  As it is,  Fresh Air episodes on Friday are repeats of earlier episodes.  You can still hear the Friday episode of Fresh Air at 10pm.

View our schedule to see all the changes. We look forward to the new line up and hope that you will too.  Thank you for listening to and supporting WITF. 

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