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Radio schedule changes begin July 5

  • Fred Vigeant
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Brett Sholtis / WITF

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This July, WITF introduces you to a new daily line-up on our radio schedule. These changes are made to adjust to the evolving needs of our audience. Please read through the highlights of our new schedule and download the new schedule grid. Through the year, WITF has been updating the sound and feel of our daily program, Smart Talk, which will return to an hour-long format that airs at Noon, five days a week. Read more about the changes to the show and its move.

The BBC World Service provides global perspective on the news of the day. Two years ago, we added BBC’s flagship news magazine, BBC Newshour, to our weekend radio schedule, just before All Things Considered. Now, we are adding BBC Newshour to the schedule weekday mornings at 9am, following Morning Edition. BBC Newshour provides definitive, on-the-ground reporting and analysis of the biggest international stories of the day. Morning Edition will conclude at 9am, as it had in the past…

With our increased efforts and investment in Smart Talk, we will be saying goodbye to Here & Now. The news magazine has been in the middle of the day for the past 10 years. Hourly news updates will still be provided from NPR between Noon and 2pm while we broadcast Smart Talk and move On Point up by an hour.

Our mid-day schedule will not be without a focus on daily news, instead of two hours of it from Here & Now, we’ll have a more succinct recap and updates happening around the globe with Newsroom from the BBC at 2pm. This 30-minute program recaps the top stories and provides updates and analysis.

We’re very excited to include Today, Explained in our daily schedule. This series initially premiered in the spring on about a dozen public radio stations including WITF. Today, Explained goes deep into a topic to help provide a better understanding. Catch this series Monday through Thursday at 2:30pm. Science Friday will continue to air Fridays from 2pm-4pm.

On the weekends, On Being is ending production as a radio series. The weekly health and science program The Pulse produced by our friends at WHYY in Philadelphia moves from Saturdays at 6am to Sundays at 7am. Our Body Politic moves into the spot vacated by The Pulse.

Sunday evenings will be for something different. We introduce you to Remix from the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Remix is a mixtape of stories, podcasts and reporting conducted across the country. Every Sunday beginning at 6pm, WITF will provide a two-hour sampling of PRX Remix, but you can also Remix anytime through their 24/7 live stream.

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 feedback from listeners and our colleagues at other public radio stations, analyzing market research for audience trends, as well as program costs. We look forward to you enjoying our new line-up.

Here is the complete line-up beginning July 5:

Monday – Thursday
5am-9am – Morning Edition
9am – BBC Newshour
10am – 12p – 1A
12pm – Smart Talk
1pm – On Point
2pm – BBC Newsroom
2:30pm – Today, Explained
3pm – Fresh Air
4pm-6pm – All Things Considered
6pm – Marketplace
6:30pm – BBC World Business Report
7pm – The Daily
7:30pm – Today, Explained
8pm – Smart Talk
9pm-5am – BBC World Service

Friday
5am-9am – Morning Edition
9am – BBC Newshour
10am-12p – 1A
12pm – Smart Talk
1pm – On Point
2pm-4pm – Science Friday
4pm-6pm – All Things Considered
6pm – Marketplace
6:30pm – BBC World Business Report
7pm – The Daily
7:30pm – The Allegheny Front
8pm – Smart Talk
9pm – Reveal
10pm-5am – BBC World Service

Saturday
5am – Travel with Rick Steves
6am – Our Body Politic
7am – Code Switch / Life Kit
8am-10am – Weekend Edition
10am – Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me
11am – Planet Money / How I Built This
12pm – It’s Been a Minute
1pm – On The Media
2pm – Radiolab
3pm – This America Life
4pm – BBC World Service
5pm – All Things Considered
6pm – The Moth Radio Hour
7pm – Snap Judgment
8pm-5am – BBC World Service

Sunday
5am – Reveal
6am – The Newsroom
6:30am – The Allegheny Front
7am – The Pulse
8am-10am – Weekend Edition
10am – Hidden Brain
11am – The New Yorker Radio Hour
12pm – Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me
1pm – The Splendid Table
2pm – Throughline
3pm – Latino USA
4pm – BBC World Service
5pm – All Things Considered
6pm-8pm – PRX Remix
8pm-5am – BBC World Service

 

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