Program Changes: Spring 2012
All program changes take effect Monday, June 18, 2012.
Throughout the year we examine the WRVO Public Media program schedule. Using Arbitron data and other audience research we evaluate programs to assess their popularity and identify weaknesses that offer opportunities to refresh the schedule. Because the WRVO Public Media audience is continually evolving we have a responsibility to bring new programs into the mix to encourage listening among those new to public radio just as we continue to present long-time favorites.
Last year, for example, we made changes to the program schedule where we had a number of repeated programs. Doing so opened up a significant block of time for new programs, especially on Sundays. Today we have several hours specifically dedicated to science topics in our Science Sunday block and will be adding a fourth hour beginning June 18th.
NPR will be piloting new shows this year as well. Two of those, Ask Me Another, a fun-filled hour of trivia, puzzles, and witty banter, and the TED Radio Hour, will be new to the WRVO schedule. If you enjoy the puzzle segment with Will Shortz on Weekend Edition Sunday, you’ll love Ask Me Another Saturday nights at 9. The TED Radio Hour will appear in that time slot after Ask Me Another completes its 13 week pilot run. Fascinating thinkers have 18 minutes to present their best ideas in Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED), and more.
Two new programs from the CBC, Q and Day 6, will join the schedule. Q, a daily news and entertainment program, will air weeknights from 9 to 10pm following Capitol Pressroom. Host Jian Ghomeshi focuses on the latest trends in sophisticated art and entertainment. He also presents in-depth discussions of social and cultural issues.
Day 6 will air at 2pm Saturdays following This American Life. Host Brent Bambury takes the week’s news from a different angle, perhaps something that slipped by below the radar. Sometimes funny, sometimes ironic, Day 6 always explores its subject matter seriously.
Earth Eats focuses on the local food movement showcasing farmers, local source restaurants and chefs with the latest trends in sustainable food. Earth Eats will air Saturdays at 4:30pm following The Campbell Conversations.
Tuned To Yesterday will shift a bit on the main channel supplemented by unique episodes that will air two hours daily on the digital channel WRVO-Remix. Altogether they will provide four hours of old time radio programming each night. And remember, WRVO has hundreds of episodes of Tuned To Yesterday available on-demand.
Below is a rundown of programming changes to take effect June 18th. Many programs provide audio on-demand podcasts of previous episodes.
Q. Weeknights 9pm to 10pm
Fresh Air. Adding a repeat at Midnight
Tuned To Yesterday. Adding two hours daily on WRVO-Remix, 8pm to 10pm. Two hours daily on WRVO 1: weeknights 10pm to Midnight, Saturday and Sunday 11pm-1am. Information on how to listen to WRVO-Remix/WRVO-2
The Animal House. Saturday 5am to 6am
Day 6. Saturday 2pm to 3pm
Earth Eats. Saturday 4:30pm-5pm
The Moth. Returning to WRVO Saturday night 8pm to 9pm
Ask Me Another. Saturday night 9pm to 10pm in limited release (13 weeks only). Will be replaced by the TED Radio Hour in week 14.
Selected Shorts. Moving to Saturday 10pm to 11pm
The State We’re In. Moving to Sunday 5pm to 6pm
Snap Judgment. Moving to Sunday 6pm to 7pm
Sound Medicine. Moving to Sunday 8pm to 9pm
Earth Beat. Moving to Sunday 10pm to 11pm
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