Fred Vigeant is WITF's Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio. Fred manages the schedules for our radio and television platforms. He also analyzes audience research and manages the public affairs program Smart Talk. Previously, Fred was at WRVO in Oswego, NY for 12 years serving in various roles including Program Director and before that Operations Manager. Fred graduated from the State University of New York College at Oswego with a B.A. in Mass Communications and Broadcasting.
Beginning July 11, WITF has changes to our weekly radio schedule. Changes are focused on providing the best programming possible to you and we’re confident you’ll appreciate the new line-up.
Live From Here has abruptly ended production. Citing “large and unexpected financial challenges” the show’s producing station, Minnesota Public Radio, made the difficult decision to conclude the program effective immediately. This is the end of an era. Live from Here and its predecessor A Prairie Home Companion had been a mainstay on WITF and public radio stations across the country for decades. That opened four hours in our schedule over the weekend. Although we are sad to see Live from Here leave, this news presents an opportunity to move a few programs as we adjust with evolving listening habits.
Changes on Saturday begin at 1:00pm with On The Media moving earlier in the day and Radiolab and This American Life moving one hour later. We add another hour of BBC’s newsmagazine program BBC Newshour to 4:00pm, adding an additional hour of live news reporting Saturday afternoon to broadcast adjacent to Weekend All Things Considered. Later in the evening on Saturday The Moth Radio Hour moves to 6:00pm with Snap Judgment moving up an hour to 7:00pm.
On Sunday, we welcome The New Yorker Radio Hour to our schedule at 11:00am. The hour features a mix of profiles, storytelling, and insightful conversations about the issues. A weekly encore of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me will follow The New York Radio Hour. The afternoon line-up at 1:00pm continues with The Innovation Hub, The Ted Radio Hourand Latino USA. The Splendid Tablemoves later in the day to follow Rick Steve’s Travelat 7:00pm.
Enjoy the weekends with WITF as your constant companion. In addition to tuning in through your radio, WITF is also available via smart speakers. If you have a Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple Homepod device in your house you can simply ask those devices to “Play WITF Radio” and it begins streaming WITF.