Friday, July 6, 2012

A Bunch of Changes Coming to 89.1 FM This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 10:00 AM


The press release from Arizona Public Media announcing the changes coming to the weekend programming on 89.1 contained a sentence that, while grammatically problematic, brightened my entire existence:

Whad'Ya Know will no long be carried.

I suppose there must be Whad'Ya Know fans in town, considering the show has been on Tucson's airwaves for years, but the quiz/talk/annoyance show always seemed wildly unfunny to me and stale format-wise from the first time I heard it, so I'm certainly happy that two hours of room has been cleared on Saturdays.

Also, in the process, Tucson gets new shows, including Snap Judgment, which should appeal to This American Life fans interested in something slightly more energetic, and the acclaimed science/storytelling program, Radiolab.

The new weekend schedule, from the press release, is below the cut:


1-2 p.m. Snap Judgment - from NPR: Snap Judgment tells intriguing stories about extraordinary and defining events in people's lives. The program's raw, intimate, and musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see a sliver of the world through another's eye. Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington takes listeners on a narrative journey - leaping from one person's frying pan into another person's fire. Deejay-driven musical delivery, paired with lush sound design, drops listeners into the very heart of what matters. Snap Judgment's fast-paced (sometimes dark, sometimes playful) narrative highlights people from across the globe who put everything on the line.
2-3 p.m. Living on Earth - from Public Radio International: Hosted by Steve Curwood, the award-winning environmental news program Living on Earth delves into the leading issues affecting the world we inhabit. As the population continues to rise and the management of the earth's resources becomes even more critical, Living on Earth examines the issues facing our increasingly interdependent world.
Whad'Ya Know will no long be carried.
Car Talk will stay at 10 a.m.
This American Life moves to noon, Studio 360 moves to 3 p.m., Arizona Spotlight is now at 5 p.m.
Latino USA is now on Saturday evening at 5:30 (moves from Sunday at 6 p.m.)
Fresh Air Weekend moves from Sunday afternoon to Sat. at 6 p.m.


1-2 p.m. RadioLab - From NPR: Radiolab is an experiential investigation that explores themes and ideas through a patchwork of people, sounds, and stories. In each episode, Radiolab experiments with sound and style allowing science to fuse with culture, and information to sound like music. Hosted by Jad Abumrad with co-host Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is designed for listeners who demand skepticism but appreciate wonder.
On the Media moves from 5 p.m. to noon.
Tech Nation moves from Saturday afternoon to Sunday at 2 p.m.
To the Best of Our Knowledge moves from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Car Talk repeat moves from Saturday evening to Sunday at 5 p.m.
Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me repeat moves from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday

NPR Saturday afternoon hourly line-up

Noon - This American Life (NEW time)

1:00 p.m. - Snap Judgment (NEW program)

2:00 p.m. - Living on Earth (NEW program)

3:00 p.m. - Studio 360 (NEW time)

4:00 p.m. - All Things Considered

5:00 p.m. - AZ Spotlight (NEW time)

5:30 p.m. - Latino USA (NEW time)

6:00 p.m. - Fresh Air Weekend (NEW time)

7:00 p.m. - Riverwalk (NEW time)

NPR Sunday afternoon hourly lineup

Noon - On the Media (NEW time)

1:00 p.m. - RadioLab (NEW program)

2:00 p.m. - TechNation (NEW time)

3:00 p.m. - To the Best of Our Knowledge (NEW time)

4:00 p.m. - All Things Considered

5:00 p.m. - Car Talk (repeat NEW time)

6:00 p.m. - Wait Wait (repeat NEW time)

7:00 p.m. - This American Life (repeat)

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